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Weirdo21 Sep 2020 9:11 a.m. PST

Can anyone recommend a good ruleset for ancient galley wargaming? I'm talking about from the Greco-Persian Wars up through the Roman Republic and Empire, possibly beyond. Looking for something that can handle squadrons or MAYBE small fleets, and is either gridless, or has most ships occupying two hexes, as I'm using 1/600 minis that are roughly 4" long to a base, and the map available to me has 2" hexes. I've tried the free version of Corvus 2, and while I rather enjoyed it, my opponent was hoping for a bit more detail than that.

On a side note, I've heard that if the bulk of your fleet consists of Roman Seas models printed at half scale, that many of the ships produced by Xyston or Skytrex turn out extremely small by comparison. Can anyone give any advice as to any of those ships that work well alongside Roman Seas?


Big Red Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2020 9:25 a.m. PST

Maybe War Galley from GMT? The rules are free online:


Weirdo23 Sep 2020 7:25 a.m. PST

That one looks pretty good, though I cannot find any ship stats. Are they only available on the counters if you buy the full game?

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP23 Sep 2020 8:24 a.m. PST

On Board Game Geek, along with much other info, there are images of the counters that have the stats, etc.:



williamb23 Sep 2020 8:29 a.m. PST

I would recommend Corvus from The Society of Ancients. We have used it for large fleet actions with each player handling 40+/- ships. We use 1/1200 ships, but the rules are written for both 1/600 and 1/1200 ships. Just replace inches with hexes if you are using hex mats.


Weirdo24 Sep 2020 8:30 a.m. PST

Is the pay version of Corvus more in-depth than the free download?

williamb29 Sep 2020 12:10 p.m. PST

It is slightly more in depth, includes top down ships of all classes, turning and movement aids, and markers.

Weirdo30 Sep 2020 5:38 a.m. PST

I'll look into it, thanks!

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