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YoursInaWhiteWineSauce20 Aug 2017 7:49 p.m. PST

Hello all,

I am seeking recommendations for a small scale (<10 fig) skirmish gaming in the early 18th Century, focussing on the Jacobite rebellion and associated Clan raiding.

I've seen lots of suggestions for larger forces but non at this dozen or less size (and frankly I cant face painting more tartan than that!).

We would prefer a faster paced, cinematic action type of game to a super detailed one


Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member20 Aug 2017 7:56 p.m. PST

I would think that Muskets and Tomahawks could be easily modified. link

I have also played my own games with home-brewed rules or a variant of Steve Winter's "One-Page Skirmish" convention rules.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP20 Aug 2017 8:57 p.m. PST

WRG's Fire and Steel

Northern Monkey20 Aug 2017 9:54 p.m. PST

Sharp Practice has lists for the 45 and is certainly cinematic and fast paced.

advocate20 Aug 2017 11:07 p.m. PST

Much as I like Sharp Practice, it won't do for 10 figures per side. One of the Song of… sets would work, I imagine.

4D Jones Inactive Member21 Aug 2017 1:27 a.m. PST

'Witchfinder General', with or without the supernatural dimension.

Dexter Ward21 Aug 2017 2:56 a.m. PST

En Garde would do nicely. That has up to 12 or so figures a side, and is designed for Three Musketeers, Border Reivers and the like.

Dave Crowell21 Aug 2017 3:59 a.m. PST

"Muskets & Mohawks" formerly by Two Hour Wargames, now from Rebel Minis Iron Keep Press could be easily adapted to the '45.

Thomas O21 Aug 2017 6:13 a.m. PST

Donnybrooke would probably work well.

jocknroll Supporting Member of TMP21 Aug 2017 7:59 a.m. PST

Donnybrook would work very well. There is a specific section on the use of Highlanders as a skirmish faction and the scope of the rules is 1660-1760

jocknroll Supporting Member of TMP21 Aug 2017 8:00 a.m. PST

Have a look at the independent review of Donnybrook in this month's issue of Wargames Illustrated, that pretty much explains everything you might want to know

M C MonkeyDew21 Aug 2017 10:17 a.m. PST

While I have a soft spot for Muskets and Mohawks naturally and have used them for this purpose, may I also suggest Flintloque.

The light version is free from Alternative Armies.

Orcs are British. Rats are Scots. Just use regular figures and you will have a game with no fantasy elements.


nnascati Supporting Member of TMP21 Aug 2017 12:40 p.m. PST

There is a Jacobite variant of TSATF, called I believe "the sword in the heather"

Old Peculiar21 Aug 2017 4:38 p.m. PST

I would heartily recommend Donnybrook for larger actions but not for such a small number of models. Same goes for Musket and Tomahawks.

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member21 Aug 2017 10:33 p.m. PST

I created The Sword in the Heather variant, but it's not exactly a skirmish-level game, it's organized for TS&TF-scale games, or even larger. A good bit more than simply a dozen figures on a side.

My mention of "home-brewed rules" above wasn't referring to The Sword in the Heather in this instance. But I'm glad someone else has remembered it! Winston Smith has a similar variant he calls The Sword and the Haggis, I believe, which doesn't make as many tweaks to the basic TS&TF rules system as mine.

Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP27 Aug 2017 12:15 p.m. PST

I would also recommend you look into En Garde!.

I am using a somewhat modified version of these rules:


They work fine with as few as eight, or as many as two dozen minis on the table.

It uses a poker deck activation, with some cards giving bonuses as well, like +1 to melee, or a free reload.

Quindia27 Aug 2017 8:56 p.m. PST

While the default rules for Donnybrook uses 20-30 models per side, there is a mod included in the book for smaller games (around 10 models). It masquerades as a scenario called 'The Warband' and is designed in the spirit of games like Mordheim, etc. where you have a leader, a couple of henchmen, and a handful of grunts…

Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP27 Aug 2017 9:53 p.m. PST

I forgot that was in there!

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