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cabin4clw25 Oct 2019 7:25 p.m. PST

I am just getting into this area and I wonder what recommendations I could get from this board concerning rules. I will be playing solo if that helps.

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Oct 2019 11:39 p.m. PST

Hammerin' iron will give a good game. Remember that recommendations here are all all all very subjective!

Here is a summary of the Hammerin' Iron rules

I would suggest you try to get a similar level of detail about other rule sets and then take the "plunge". Maybe buy a couple of sets so that you can change them about a bit, for personal taste?

I think you will find it a very interesting area of warfare. Cheap to get into because 3 of 4 ships will get you started.

Good luck with your project Joe.

Red358426 Oct 2019 5:30 a.m. PST

Another recommendation for Hammerin' Iron…great rules. Smoke on the Water is also worth checking out.
I know quite a few people adapt the old Yaquinto "Ironclads" rules as well…I have these but have never played them

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP26 Oct 2019 7:47 a.m. PST

Age of Iron is also a very good set of rules for the period.

Onomarchos26 Oct 2019 8:38 a.m. PST

The issue I have with HI is that it uses hexes for movement.

I think you will have a difficult time finding SotW.

Our group really likes Sail and Steam Navies.


Texas Jack26 Oct 2019 10:51 a.m. PST

David Manley has a nice fast play set called Dahlgren and Columbiad: link

Rev Zoom26 Oct 2019 10:57 a.m. PST

Iron and Fire by Dave Manley is an excellent set. It has supplanted Steam and Sail Navies in our group.

KSmyth26 Oct 2019 12:44 p.m. PST

My favorite rules for the period are the long out of print Ironclads. My second favorite is Iron and Fire by David Manley.

Red358426 Oct 2019 3:41 p.m. PST

A copy of Smoke on the Water can still be found in the Yahoo Ironclads group although as this is about to imminently close I don't know if it's easily accessible

Rusty Balls28 Oct 2019 5:32 a.m. PST

I have always played SOTW. Is Dahlgren and Columbiads by Dave Manley the latest incarnation of Iron and Fire or something all together different. I can seem to find where Iron and Fire can be purchased?

Rev Zoom28 Oct 2019 8:36 a.m. PST

Wargame Vault has Iron & Fire for purchase

Personal logo David Manley Supporting Member of TMP28 Oct 2019 12:04 p.m. PST

Dahlgren and Columbiad is a different set to Iron and Fire. It is more abstracted in its approach which makes it amenable to quicker games, or campaign games where you want to fight several battles in a day's gaming.

Rusty Balls28 Oct 2019 12:19 p.m. PST

Thank you. Found both and purchased both! Greenbacks coming your way! Look forward you checking them out!

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