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Prince Alberts Revenge14 Aug 2018 8:05 p.m. PST

I'm painting up some small 10mm armies for the MAW (based on Palo Alto so Mexicans will have about 7 infantry and 3-4 cavalry units, Americans less), infantry and cavalry regiments are 4 bases a unit. Have Neil Thomas rules (I love them), looking for something different. Any quick play options out there, either free or commercial?

arthur181514 Aug 2018 11:09 p.m. PST

Try Bob Cordery's Portable Wargame rules. You can read about his design philosophy and their development on his Wargaming Miscellany blog.

John Watts15 Aug 2018 4:03 a.m. PST

Try Rank and File from Crusader:


Tony S15 Aug 2018 2:24 p.m. PST

The owner of Nordic Weasel games is a big fan of Neil Thomas' philosophy. I've played his "Scum of the Earth" rules for a variety of periods including a Napoleonic campaign and the club really enjoyed them. They're very simple, fast and fun and cover a large swathe of periods. (Although I think they over reached themselves going back all the way to ECW). You can very easily change, tweak, or add attributes to tweek the period to your taste.

Unlike the Neil Thomas rules though, there's a lot more fog of war. A lot less predictable than the Thomas rules.

Although they're intended for 28mm figures, we just substituted a 15mm or 10mm stand for each figure.

Highly recommended! link

ChrisBBB2 Supporting Member of TMP19 Aug 2018 2:05 a.m. PST

As you haven't had many other recommendations yet, dare I suggest you look at my own "Bloody Big BATTLES!" rules (BBB)? With about 10 4-base units a side these should give you a quick and characterful game. You can see collected reviews of BBB here:

Good luck with finding a ruleset that suits you.


Bloody Big BATTLES!

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