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Durrati18 Nov 2018 11:26 a.m. PST

My children where keen to start paining some toy soldiers so they are the proud owners of a box of Perrys medieval foot each. We have just had our first session – gluing some together.

As we get a few painted I was going to write a simple set of rules to use for them to play with there new figures. Then I thought that before going to the effort I am sure someone has already done the same thing and put them online for free. When I checked there were quite a few. So now of TMP – am asking for recommendations for free skirmish rules to use. Must be 1 figure is 1 man and be suitable for a 9 and 6 year old. I know that wounds young but the six year old can play Wings of Glory amongst other things so can follow rules…..

Simple and fast would be best I feel.

Personal logo Jlundberg Supporting Member of TMP18 Nov 2018 11:52 a.m. PST

Lion Rampant

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Nov 2018 12:24 p.m. PST

The Lord of the Rings game from GW is great. Just count 9YO as "Men of Rohan" and the 6YO as "Men of Gondor" and have at it!

I have successfully taught that game to groups of 8-10 year olds, none of whom ever played a minis game before.

Lion Rampant is fun but you probably need a couple dozen figs a side to play. Units are nominally 6 or 12 figures, but you can "double up" – count each mini as two figures and use a "wounded" marker for single hits. So that would let you play a game with fewer figs.

It also has a Fantasy version "Dragon Rampant" which is mostly the same. Plus it has a lot of other variants for Colonials, etc.

BillyNM18 Nov 2018 12:39 p.m. PST

You could always try the old Cry Havoc rules which are one figure one man. You can get the rules for free from The site also contains the hex maps and a range of variants including Siege. Good luck!

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP18 Nov 2018 12:51 p.m. PST

Mine may do? link

A quick guide on how to use them: link


jwebster18 Nov 2018 1:07 p.m. PST

Lion Rampant +1

It's not free but inexpensive ($15 ?)

Actually Dragon Rampant might work better. You can single model "heroes" that would mean not so many figures needed. You could probably find a dragon somewhere too …..


Personal logo mrwigglesworth Supporting Member of TMP18 Nov 2018 3:11 p.m. PST

Steve Jackson is realising Melee soon.

PatrickWR18 Nov 2018 3:49 p.m. PST

Open Combat for super simple skirmish with 5-10 figures per side.

Song of Blades & Heroes is similar, but more flavorful and feels more like D&D.

Gone Fishing18 Nov 2018 4:23 p.m. PST

It's been a few years since I last looked at them, but The Rules by Ral were good fun, and are probably available for free somewhere.

LOTR Strategy Battle Game is also excellent, and is very flexible.

skipper John Supporting Member of TMP18 Nov 2018 4:38 p.m. PST

What about Saga and just don't use the bottom of the battle boards? Basic Saga. I've played that way with young-uns and the game plays simple, fast and fun.

And then the kids would know the basics. Later add some of the lower battle board stuff. Work your way up to a truly excellent Skirmish game.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP18 Nov 2018 4:43 p.m. PST

I will second Song of Blades and Heroes. Simple to teach, and gives a good game.

John Leahy18 Nov 2018 5:53 p.m. PST

Rules by Ral are fun. But are 12 man foot units and 6 man Cav.

Make your own up. 5 and 6 hit. Armor gives a save. No armor means 4, 5 and 6 hits and so on.

rvandusen18 Nov 2018 6:49 p.m. PST

Swordplay by 2 Hour War Games is free. link

coopman18 Nov 2018 7:45 p.m. PST

I agree with the suggestion that you should just make up your own rules.

4DJones19 Nov 2018 2:59 a.m. PST

Try Gorkamorka without the Trukkz, Trakkz or Shootaz.

bobspruster19 Nov 2018 3:27 a.m. PST

Have you checked or .uk?

khanscom19 Nov 2018 10:11 a.m. PST

"Chainmail" rules for man-to-man combat (not the bit for larger battles) can be fun.

Lazyworker19 Nov 2018 5:49 p.m. PST

9 and 6 year old players?
Make opposed D6 rolls for combat and fake the rest.

coopman19 Nov 2018 7:20 p.m. PST

The most important thing IMO is to teach them that losing is OK and to just try to do better next time. Nobody likes or wants a screaming loser.

Tekawiz19 Nov 2018 11:23 p.m. PST

Great Hall Burning by Two Hour Wargames. Has some easy rules for Sea Battles, campaign system, taking prisoners for ransom and some optional RPG elements for the lead character. Can also be played solo.

Tekawiz19 Nov 2018 11:25 p.m. PST

Great Hall Burning by Two Hour Wargames. Also has some easy rules for Sea Battles, campaign system, taking prisoners for ransom and some optional RPG elements for the lead character.

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