Sunday, March 21, 2010

Rules for Skirmish Games

Trooper Dragoner-Regiment von Normann [Nr. 1] (Front Rank)

The Berlin SYW 28mm Project is picking up speed. As of today, eleven gamers plan to built skirmish forces. Time to take a look at some rulesets that could be used:

Black Powder (Two Hour Wargames)
Song of Drums and Shakos (Ganesha Games)
Sharp Practice (Too Fat Lardies)
Triumph and Tragedy
Legends of the Old West
The Sword and the Flame variant "The Sword in the Forest"
This Very Ground
Legends of the High Seas [Thanks to Sir Godefroy]
Gloire/Among the Warparties [Thanks to Sir Godefroy]

Further suggestions and comments are very much appreciated.


  1. My recommendations are:
    "Gloire" for so called Micro-Skirmishes - best for a start up and by the "Among the Warparties" supplement highly applicable to any SYW-setting.
    My next step would be "Legends of the High Seas", with tweaks from the Old West (e.g. cavalry rules). Quite elegant and aimed more specifically at the age of musketry.

    There are some others, but I haven't played them yet. Black Powder Battles is a nice one, too, as is Triumph & Tragedy. Personally, although there are a decent bunch of fans, I don't like Sharp Practice, because a game master is almost mandatory and I found the rules a bit confusing.

    Anyway, looking forward to your progress.


  2. Sire Godefroy:
    Thanks for naming "Gloire".I heard about it, but didn't know it is for Micro-Skirmishes. Very intersting. In fact, the Blacksmith Shop pictures on this blog is actually a "Gloire"-Table made by DonVoss! Seems to show that we're still in the figure-painting stage ...

    Same goes for LotHS. I will add both to the Blog Post and also to our local forum thread (

    Thanks for commenting

  3. Hi,
    one skirmish rule set you have missed is "Capitan". Haven't played them but they are for free.