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  • #139600
    r e
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    Ok.  I’ve got the figures.  I ordered my paints and bases (thanks for all the info).  Now what rules are most playing?  I have Fire and Fury, Fire and Fury Regimental,  Johnny Reb 3 and Across a Deadly Field.  Thanks again to everyone!!

    #139602
    Tony S
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    Not trying to be contrary, but I like other rulesets!

    Although I’ve played and liked Peter Pig’s Civil War Battles and (slightly different scale of battle) Rebels and Patriots from Osprey, right now my favourite is Mustafa’s Longstreet.

    The rules are fast and clean, the cards give the flavour of the period (an entirely subjective observation to be sure) there’s fog of war and, like the rest of Mustafa’s games, there are lots of difficult decisions to make all the time.

    Best of all, it’s got a campaign system baked right into the rules.

    #139603
    kyoteblue
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    I liked On To Richmond back in the day. I also have and like Rebels and Patriots for skirmish style games.

    #139608
    ian pillay
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    Neil Thomas rules – wargaming an introduction is what I would recommend you take a look at for ACW rules.

    Tally-Ho!

    #139610
    Steve Johnson
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    Black Powder II with the Glory Hallelujah! supplement, or Bloody Big Battles, depending upon the scale of the action.

    #139614
    jeffers
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    I use a free set by Brian DeWitt published in Wargames Illustrated blah years ago. The article was The Pain of Giving Orders if you can find it. One day I will post it on my blog because it is simple and works!

    More nonsense on my blog: http://battle77.blogspot.com/

    #139617
    deephorse
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    Another vote for ‘Longstreet’.

    Trust science, not the scientists.

    #139630
    fairoaks024
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    I like Longstreet, but am still trying out other rules before I settle on one set.

    #139637
    Alan Millicheap
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    Bloody Big Battles – all 3 days of Gettysburg on a 6×4 table in 3-4 hours

    There are another 12 scenarios on Groups.io

    #139688
    teppsta
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    You seem to be all set – but with your troops based like that at some point in the future I would give Pickett’s Charge a try. Great game.

    #139711
    Edward
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    I like Sharp Practice (large skirmishes) and the original Fire and Fury (brigade level) for large battles.

     

    #139844
    Phil Dutré
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    For ACW, I use my own house rules. They started out as a small addition to Brother Against Brother, but now have morphed in such a way they are barely recognizable.

     

    My rules are hex-based, one unit per hex. Hexes are 10cm across (Kallistra), 28mm figures. Also unit-based, so no need for individual figure removal. I use 12 infantry figures per unit, or 6 cavalry figures. Generals are individual figures. Artillery is 1 gun + crew.

     

    Tiny Tin Men Blog: http://snv-ttm.blogspot.com/
    Wargaming Mechanics Blog: http://wargaming-mechanics.blogspot.com/

    #139845
    Phil Dutré
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    I use a free set by Brian DeWitt published in Wargames Illustrated blah years ago. The article was The Pain of Giving Orders if you can find it. One day I will post it on my blog because it is simple and works!

     

    A quick look in http://snv-ttm.blogspot.com/p/wargames-magazine-database.html produced the following:

    The Pain of Giving Orders; Brian Dewitt; WargamesIllustrated 50; ACW; Order system in ACW games using action cards

    Tiny Tin Men Blog: http://snv-ttm.blogspot.com/
    Wargaming Mechanics Blog: http://wargaming-mechanics.blogspot.com/

    #139895
    Steve Burt
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    Longstreet for small battles, Fire & Fury for medium ones, Chamberlain (ACW version of Blucher) for large battles.

    (Volley & Bayonet is also good for big battles)

    #139907
    Tony S
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    What’s this? Chamberlain,a Blucher ACW variant? Where might one obtain such a product?

    I am very interested!

    #139919
    jeffers
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    That’s the one Phil! Last game I played before lockdown.

    More nonsense on my blog: http://battle77.blogspot.com/

    #139940
    Steve Burt
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    What’s this? Chamberlain,a Blucher ACW variant? Where might one obtain such a product? I am very interested!

     

    The very wonderful Old Meldrum wargames chaps.

    https://oldmeldrumwargamesgroup.files.wordpress.com/2016/07/chamberlain-acw-rules-modification.pdf

    There’s also a couple of scenarios there

    Blücher ACW Scenarios

    #139942
    Sane Max
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    I use both Fire and Fury Brigade, and Black Powder. a friend and I played the same game a few weeks apart using each, and in both cases it worked out very nicely.

    #139943
    r e
    Participant

    Wow – thanks for all the responses!!  Much appreciated!

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