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Juhan Voolaid16 Aug 2019 6:16 a.m. PST

At the moment I am fascinated about the period in history where European (British/French) settlers first came to America to settle at the age of sail. They established colonies like Newfoundland, Maryland, etc. And I am particularly interested about the clash of cultures -- European vs Native Americans.

And I would like to have a small project on this. Indians attacking the settlements and white man raiding native village, etc.

Note I am complete ignorant about this part of the history (being Estonian our education is focusing on different subjects), so I am quite at loss. Is this a period (17. cent) that had many of such conflicts? All I have are glimpses of scenes in various movies – Pocahontas, Saints & Strangers, The Revenant, Dancing With Wolves, etc.

Not I am not looking for colonial wars, where two European superpowers had conflict in colonies like French Indian War. But maybe a skirmish rules for the same period would apply to this case?

So can you suggest me any gaming book that is related to that? Is there a specific rulebook that is specifically covering this and give more history background as well? Or a more generic ruleset? I am thinking these should be skirmish rules, so could any of these do the job: Sharp Practice, Men Who Would Be Kings, etc? What else?

Another thing I am looking any material that would educate me on this subject:
– books: not dry facts, but more like historical adventure stuff, memoirs for example that focus on the clash of cultures.
– movies: what is else there, that I have not mentioned?
– documentaries: youtube, history channel, etc

Dave Jackson16 Aug 2019 6:40 a.m. PST

might want to consider some of these as background:





I'm doing this in a few months in 25mm….using "Sharp Practice 2". regarding figs, Warlord has some nice ECW musketeers and militia types as well as some Indians. Also, Brigade Games has a "King Philip's war" range


and this is an excellent book:


Juhan Voolaid16 Aug 2019 7:03 a.m. PST

My scale would be probably 1/72 (20mm)

Dennis16 Aug 2019 7:16 a.m. PST

If you want to get a wider mix of figures, Wargames Foundry also has an early Native American range:


As does Bob Murch:


Bob also has some articles on painting and organization:


Personal logo Jlundberg Supporting Member of TMP16 Aug 2019 7:33 a.m. PST

Eureka has a Powhatan Indian range

Early wars were a matter of survival
and link

bruntonboy16 Aug 2019 8:31 a.m. PST

He wants 20mm 1/72nd chaps.


Here's a start.

22ndFoot16 Aug 2019 8:39 a.m. PST

Have you checked out the Flint & Feather rules and associated figures (although these are 28mm):


They were originally designed for the period immediately before the arrival of Europeans but the "Contact" add on covers the, well, contact between the native people and the first Europeans.

PDF link

willthepiper16 Aug 2019 8:43 a.m. PST

I'll second the recommendation for Bob Murch's Flint and Feathers game and figures, as it's focussed specifically on the pre-contact and early contact period.



As for a movie, see if you can find "Black Robe", about a 17th Century Jesuit priest travelling with the Huron.

YouTube link


saltflats192916 Aug 2019 9:28 a.m. PST

Flint and Feather does an excellent job for small warbands fighting scenario driven skirmishes. It only needs 10 to 30 figures. Our group even used it for Lord of the Rings last week.

tinned fruit Supporting Member of TMP16 Aug 2019 10:53 a.m. PST

Check out the Sky TV Series Jamestown as well:- link

Richard Brooks Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Aug 2019 1:59 p.m. PST

What about the Spanish conquest of the Southeast US (South Carolina/Florida to Texas) in the 16th century. Basically conquistadors among the Cherokees, Creeks and other tribes).

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