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30 Jul 2022 3:53 p.m. PST
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MrZorro30 Jul 2022 3:46 p.m. PST

I only played a Napoleonic version of Rebels & Patriots (few units needed)and I am considering using my minis in other skirmish rules sets. Any recommendations?

redmist112230 Jul 2022 3:56 p.m. PST

Sharp Practice v2 from Too Fat Lardies.


Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP30 Jul 2022 4:46 p.m. PST


Wargamer Blue30 Jul 2022 5:03 p.m. PST

Horse and Musket by Wiley Wargames.

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP30 Jul 2022 5:36 p.m. PST

Ditto for A Fistful of Lead: Horse and Musket. These are simple rules, easy to pick up for a club or convention game. They also produce a fun game that rewards good tactics.


dantheman Supporting Member of TMP30 Jul 2022 5:42 p.m. PST

Heard good things about Fistful of Lead.

I personally like Muskets and Tomahawks. Their Shakos and Bayonets napoleonic rules were fun. Played part of the Hougomont battle at Historicon last year with them. Definitely recommend them.I use the same set for AWI and F&IW myself.

Irish Marine30 Jul 2022 6:58 p.m. PST

Sharp Practice

Toaster30 Jul 2022 11:01 p.m. PST

If you want really small skirmish (5 to 20 figures per side) then Song of Drums & Shakos by Ganesha Games is a good set.


advocate31 Jul 2022 1:18 a.m. PST

Agreed with Toaster, but for a step up (40+ figures a side) the Sharp Practice v2

Dexter Ward31 Jul 2022 2:21 a.m. PST

Shakes & Bayonets (Napoleonic version of Muskets & Tomahawks), Sharp Practice

Tortorella Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2022 6:56 a.m. PST

John Lamb's One Hour Skirmish rules for all musket era fights.

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP31 Jul 2022 8:50 a.m. PST

Is Sharp Practice really a set of skirmish rules? When I've played it at conventions the games and armies seemed too large to be a skirmish game.I'd love to use these rules, but prove me wrong about my impression of them. This is not meant to be snarky, I'd truly like to know more.

Personal logo Cardinal Ximenez Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2022 10:41 a.m. PST

Agreed. I thought I was the only one who thought that way. To me none of the SP games I've seen played looked like skirmish games.

Personal logo Cardinal Ximenez Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2022 10:42 a.m. PST

I thought I was the only one who thought that way. To me none of the games I've seen played look like skirmish games.

Andrew Walters31 Jul 2022 10:52 a.m. PST

Anybody played 95th – Adventuring in the Napoleonic Wars?

I have it, have heard good things, haven't tried it yet.

sidley31 Jul 2022 3:08 p.m. PST

Forager are really good if you want a dozen or less figures.

If by skirmish you mean 40 to 60 figures then Sharp Practice 2.

If you like weird shit, then Silver Bayonet also works.

cooey2ph31 Jul 2022 4:49 p.m. PST

thoughts on chosen men?

Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2022 9:29 p.m. PST

The Sword the Bayonet and the Lance

Songs of Drums and Shakos

advocate31 Jul 2022 11:45 p.m. PST

'Skirmish' is a loose concept. I consider SP a skirmish game because the forces are under a battalion, and probably under a company. But some people consider 'skirmish' to cover games where each figure can act individually – what I tend to think of as 'gang-level' games. I covered both in my answer.

Dexter Ward01 Aug 2022 3:22 a.m. PST

What is your definition of a skirmish game? I would say any game with singly based figures and fewer than 100 figures a side is a skirmish. Some people want each figure to act individually; I would call that small skirmish as opposed to large skirmish games like SP or M&T or Donnybrook

21eRegt01 Aug 2022 7:25 a.m. PST

Has anyone played Shakos and Bayonets yet? I enjoyed my one game of Muskets and Tomahawks and wondered about the system for Napoleonics.

Dexter Ward01 Aug 2022 10:29 a.m. PST

Yes, we have used Shakes and Bayonets quite a bit. It plays very well, the cavalry really adds something, and the new scenarios are excellent. Shame about the typos in the book, but the rules are good.

Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP04 Aug 2022 11:17 p.m. PST

My definition of a skirmish game is that each figure is one man, 1:1 scale. They can be grouped together to form larger units. IMO TSATF are the classic skirmish level rules. "The Sword the Bayonet and the Lance" is a variant of TSATF for Napoleonics.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP06 Aug 2022 10:01 p.m. PST

ditto to Songs of Drums and Shakos

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP07 Aug 2022 10:04 a.m. PST

The Silver Bayonet.

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