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Zookie08 Apr 2018 9:22 p.m. PST

I have a wide collection of 6mm miniatures and want to give 3mm a try. Never really got into ACW wargaming and thought that 3mm would be a good fit for that. I am looking for a rule set that allows for the play of complete battles from a generals point of view. Being able to reconstructed entire ACW battles seems like a lot of fun to me. I am looking for something that plays quick that a one day battle can be played out by 2 players in 2 to 3 hours. Also I would like something that can play on a 6'x4' or smaller table. But of course the biggest thing is that the game needs to provide tactical depth and (most importantly) be fun. Based on my own research Volley and Bayonet and Fire and Fury Brigade seem like they fit the bill. But if there is something else better out there I would love to hear about it. Also any advice on whether and Bayonet or Fire and Fury Brigade are a better fit for what I am looking for would be greatly appreciated.

mumbasa08 Apr 2018 10:15 p.m. PST

I use 3mm for my Altar of Freedom games. is their website.

Dexter Ward09 Apr 2018 2:49 a.m. PST

There is a free ACW variant of Blucher called Chamberlain (available on the Honour forum that might fit the bill.
All the elegance of Blucher, but for the ACW; there's a load of nice scenarios already doen for it as well.

ChrisBBB2 Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2018 4:20 a.m. PST

Bloody Big Battles (BBB) was designed specifically to meet your brief of fighting entire battles on 6'x4' with 2-4 players in a sensible time. May still be a bit larger/longer than you need, but 4 of us did fight all 3 days of Gettysburg in 4 hours including set-up and take-down.

Reviews here:

And plenty of ACW scenarios available via the BBB Yahoo group:


Bloody Big BATTLES!

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2018 6:06 a.m. PST

Volley and Bayonet would be a good choice. And with 3mm it could really look impressive.


darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2018 10:00 a.m. PST

Another vote for Altar of Freedom.

The scenario books have OoB and maps for every major (and some smaller) battles, all of which will fit on a 6' x 4' table.

Zookie09 Apr 2018 3:03 p.m. PST

I am really liking what I see with Altar of Freedom. I think I might give that a try and see if it is what I am looking for.

Levi the Ox11 Apr 2018 8:08 p.m. PST

I'm just getting into gaming the ACW myself, in 6mm, but I'm also quite impressed with Altar of Freedom.

Royal Marine13 Apr 2018 12:01 p.m. PST

AoF, BBB and V&B all work well. My current favourite is BBB and is well supported with a lot of scenarios. I have based units on 3cm square bases (for 6mm forces) which will work well for all these rules so you can mix and match across all rule sets.

Lance Flint04 Jun 2018 1:13 p.m. PST

Altar if Freedom are an excellent set of rules, with a very interesting, yet simple, command mechanism.
They really suit large battles too.

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