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Simon the Squirrel25 Nov 2021 12:14 p.m. PST

Just about to start gaming this conflict and looking at the rules available, there appear quite a few! This will be for larger battles rather than skirmishes (still pondering whether to go for 6mm or 28mm).

Twilight of the Sun King
Polemos: Great Northern War
Might and Reason
Under the Lily Banners
Honours of War
WRG 1685-1845

Any recommendations?

Wealdmaster25 Nov 2021 12:58 p.m. PST

I would consider either Rules of Battle by Neil Graber or In Deo Veritas WSS supplement by Helion (just released) if you are doing small scale. I am trying to find a set and scale myself but will likely go to small scale as I already have extensive collections of 28mm WSS minis and am looking for more of an "epic" look with multibasing. I would also add 10mm Pendraken as they have a nice range although perhaps a bit limited (but gaps can be filled from the LoA or WSS ranges).

Phillius Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Nov 2021 12:59 p.m. PST

We recently refought Poltava using For King and Parliament. A little bit of tweaking, but they worked well.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP25 Nov 2021 4:22 p.m. PST

I have heard that "Twilight of the Sun King" is the set to use.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP25 Nov 2021 4:27 p.m. PST

6mm I know…but this fellow does a great job o GNW


Simon the Squirrel25 Nov 2021 5:17 p.m. PST

I just purchased "Twilight of the Sun King", sounds like it will do the job and not expensive.

Prince Alberts Revenge26 Nov 2021 8:41 a.m. PST

I own or have owned most of the rules you listed. I have played some of them. I guess it really depends on what you are going for in terms of game experience.

For me, I like Maurice and In De Veritas. Neither are specifically designed for the GNW (like say Ga Pa) but both have very simple mechanics. Twilight of the Sun King has a very interesting approach as well.

The use of National Advantages in Maurice can be used to craft tactical approaches (like Swedish aggressive tactics).

BillyNM26 Nov 2021 11:01 a.m. PST

I would be tempted to try a Piquet variant as the very different armies can be nicely characterised by the individual decks.

Simon the Squirrel26 Nov 2021 2:04 p.m. PST

I've decided to go with 6mm (Baccus) for the large battle look. I may collect a few 28mm figures for skirmishes later on.

Sam Quee27 Nov 2021 9:51 a.m. PST

We are working on learning GaPa. Interesting set of rules and I expect will have a certain flow once we get into the swing of things. Author was kind enough to answer a question on FB. The army lists seem to be very thorough. I got the rules through Lulu.

Simon the Squirrel27 Nov 2021 9:57 a.m. PST

Thanks Sam, I just bought the G P rule book from Lulu as well. Nice ideas in there.

ciaphas28 Nov 2021 4:55 a.m. PST

I have been playing "Under the lilly Banners" for years. it works.

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