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Lonely Gamer11 Aug 2020 1:41 p.m. PST

I have finally managed to get two scenarios finished for Blood Sweat & Iron, these scenarios are the first of several free scenarios that I hope to do for this rule set.

You can read a little bit more about them on my site -



Personal logo FlyXwire Supporting Member of TMP12 Dec 2020 6:44 a.m. PST

I like what I'm seeing and reading within your preview media!

Lonely Gamer12 Dec 2020 5:50 p.m. PST

@ FlyXwire cool, it is a fun game.

Personal logo FlyXwire Supporting Member of TMP13 Dec 2020 11:01 a.m. PST


I took the chance and bought a set. I thought $16 USD was a bit high to venture the purchase, but I'm glad I did, as I think for my purposes your rules will work perfect and are therefore worth the price to me.

Just "wading" into the rules now, but I appreciate the larger print and bold sub-section titles, and with both a table of contents and an index, well, that's excellent Sir.

Other nice features are the one-page QRS, the firing arcs/turn device (a clever design), the ship cards, and the extra cutout pieces for mines, and wrecks, etc. Also, your illustrations and diagrams [from my initial impression here] are clear and well done.

I think the game system nestles into an area like Cruel Seas occupies not too hot, not too cold, maybe just right for many gamers who aren't into the 'extra crunchy' side of things.

IMO, you've made an excellent design for fast-play ACW Ironclad engagements (and vs. forts) for many an enjoyable afternoon.


Lonely Gamer13 Dec 2020 3:37 p.m. PST


Thanks for your kind words, I am glad you like the rules.

I have looked at other rules sets on Wargames Vault and well I thought they are not too bad, but I do take your point, they have been in sales before and will probably come down a little next year, but obviously not much good to you.

Have a look on my site as there are some corrected ships-cards to download.

I do hope you enjoy playing the rules, email me or comment on my site to let me know how you get on.


Personal logo FlyXwire Supporting Member of TMP17 Dec 2020 9:03 a.m. PST


I've been making good progress on the Ironclads project here, and so have a little update to share.

Here's the models which are mounted now. Their bases will closely match the vinyl mat I'll be getting printed up for playing Blood, Sweat & Iron on. I must admit I'm also looking forward to buying some gunboats and tinclads too, to add for light flotilla work.

The base mat texture comes from Ivan at Wargame Print, which I've lightened the colors up on, and reduced the size of one of the islands to make the scenarios less congested (but still offer navigation obstacles and in-river areas for placing gun batteries upon).

Here's a snippet of the mat I'll be calling it (and the up-comng games) 'Up the ole Yazoo'…… ;)

Lonely Gamer17 Dec 2020 4:06 p.m. PST

@ FlyXwire looking real good.

lovely ships :O)

the mat looks great, what size is it?

Personal logo FlyXwire Supporting Member of TMP17 Dec 2020 4:35 p.m. PST

Mac, the intended mat's overall size will be 6ft. X 4ft., with the width of the river approaches on either end no closer than 17 inches across from one bank to the other side.

The narrows between the islands being around 14 inches.

I did make up a couple of your turn gauges to try and estimate turning difficulties, to get what I felt would be enough river space, and hopefully it won't be too narrow?

I won't be printing up the mat until January, so if you think I should go for more river area please feel free to advise me on this.

Thanks much!


Lonely Gamer18 Dec 2020 6:59 a.m. PST

Hi Dave,
Table size is all down the size of the battle you are playing along with the number of ships in each force.

You can easily play with a couple of ships per side on a small area and have a good game, but obviously the more ships per side the more space you will need, this is the same for most other games of this sort.

Here is a game I played on a narrow river 72" x 30" this played well for the number of ships and allowed for turning but could have been narrower and still would have worked.


And this is the table for one of the early playtests, this was a 72" x 48" with rocks along two sides to make the river.


We could have had double the number of ships on the table and there still would have been plenty of room.


Personal logo FlyXwire Supporting Member of TMP18 Dec 2020 12:38 p.m. PST


Thanks for the reply back, and for the game links!

(it looks like the mat above will work great)


nnascati Supporting Member of TMP25 Dec 2020 11:38 a.m. PST

I'm guessing you are using 1/600th models. Would you halve the playing area for 1/1200th?

Lonely Gamer25 Dec 2020 3:33 p.m. PST

@nnascati yes I am using Peter Pig ships as well as the 3D printed ones which are basically 1/600th.

If you use smaller ships then yes you could play on a smaller table.

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