The rules listed below are all the commercially available sets we have been
able to trace. We have divided the rules into UK, French (yes, French) and North
American publications, grouped them by publishers/designers and listed alphabetically.
We have not included naval, mechanised warfare or fantasy sets. Where possible
weve tried to give some basic information about the format of the rules.
If youve used or still use any of the sets please feel free to drop us
a line with your thoughts.
Aberdeen Wargames Society
- Napoleonic Rules (advertised in Wargamers Newsletter 1975)
- Advanced Ancient Wargame Rules (published in Birmingham 1974)
Written by DJ Constable, AR Aldridge and DJ Head. 28 pages. Figure scale 1:20. Ground scale 1 inch = 10 yards. Quite WRG-ish
Published in Margate by Hamish Fraser editor of Bayonet, the Journal of the
Horse & Musket Society. No copyright date is given but they seem to date
- World War One
- The English Civil War (by Mike Wall). 22 pages, 12 of which are rules, the
rest being details on organization. No figure scale given but suggested unit
size of 42 men per infantry regiment indicates 1:20 or thereabouts.
- Napoleonic (Tunbridge Wells Wargames Society (TWWS). Complete with templates
for canister cones.
- The Crimean War
- ACW (TWWS). 23 pages plus several more featuring casualty graphs, canister
burst charts and a template for an artillery burst "spider" (splendid!).
No figure scale given. 1mm = 1 yard.
Birmingham Wargames Society
- 1500-1660 (issued c.1974)
- Early Medieval (issued c.1974)
Written bt Ed Smith and used at the National Wargame Convention of 1967 the rules were advertised for general sale in Slingshot
- Medieval and Ancient Wargame Rules
The rules of veteran wargamer Archie Cass appear to have
been the orginal Society of Ancients set and first appeared
in printed form c.1965. They were distributed through the
SoA and later superseded by Tony Bath's rules, which in turn
gave way to WRG.
- Cass/Connett Ancient Rules
The Confederate High Command
Presumably the British Branch (members included Marcus Hinton)
- American Civil War (c.1974). By B Chalkley, RG White and DA Chandler. Published
by Skytrex. 33 pages including casualty tables. Figure scale 1:33. Ground
scale 1mm = 1 yard. Includes details of how to make shell burst circles in
three sizes, a canister cone and a shrapnel spider.
- Wars of the Roses (c.1973). By Ed Smith. 20 pages including
play sheets. Figure scale 1:25. Ground scale 1mm = 1yard
- 1) The Age of Marlborough European Warfare 1700-1720. Distributed by
- Rules For Napoleonic Wargames. First issued in 1968 and
sold at the 1969 UK National Wargames Convention in Worthing.
Distributed through Apex Crafts Leicester.
- Revised edition of the above Rules For Wargamers. Napoleonic Warfare (with
AM Roth). Published by Leicester Micro-models in 1972.
- Colonial Wars (1974)
- Gladiatorial Combat (Leicester Micro-models 1975)
- American Civil war (LMM 1975)
Figure designer and manufacturer wrote rules with TH Houltby
- Medieval Campaign and Battle Rules. One-to-One rules
(c.1975). 15 pages.
London Wargames Section
Published by the London Wargames Section. Miniature Warfare contributors such
as John Tunstill, Bish Iwazsko, Carl Reavley etc had a heavy input into these
rules, which were used at a number of national conventions during the late-1960s.
- Ancient & Medieval (1968) rules dropped by 1974 presumably because
of popularity of WRG.
- Napoleonic c. 1813 (issued 1970). Probably an amended version of the original
British Model Soldier Society Napoleonic rules issued in 1966 for the UK National
- American Civil War 1863 (by John Tunstill c.1970). 20 pages. Figure scale
1:33. Ground scale 1mm = 1yard. Partly based on Captain Livermores American
- Ancient Rules Roman supplement.
- Samurai (by Sid and Ken Smith). Issued c.1974. Early one figure equals one
man skirmish set. 18 pages.
Millward was the founder of the Pike & Shot Society. These rules were published
- Rules For Period 1500-1660 (With Nigel Jackson and Paul Kay). Issued 1972
- Gods Acre. Feudal 1000-1300 (issued 1975). 34 pages. Figure scale
1:20. Ground scale 1inch = 10yards.
- Condottieri. Medieval 1300-1500 (issued 1975)
- Musketeer. Pike and Shot (issued 1975)
Rules designed by Stephen and Julian Reed of Sussex.
- Napoleonic 1796-1815. Issued 1970
- Medieval Skirmish Rules (c.1975)
- War of the Spanish Succession in 15mm (c.1975)
Shire Publications. Rules For Wargames
By Arthur Taylor. The same size and format as the "Discovering
series. Covers ECW, Marlburian, Napoleonic, ACW, Mechanised, naval and air warfare.
Published 1971. A very simple set of rules that do not include morale. Fight
it out to the last man just like in the old days.
Written and published by Bristol gamers Mike Blake, Ian Colwill and Steve Curtis.
Still in use and damn fine too, in our opinion.
- Western Gunfight Rules (First edition 1970. Second Edition 1971)
- The Colonial Skirmish Wargame Rules 1850-1900 (With Ted Herbert) (1972)
South London Warlords
- 19th Century Warfare (c.1973)
- Napoleonic Wargame Rules (c.1973)
Rules published by Don Featherstone. They adhere closely to Featherstones
tenants of simplicity. Re-issued as a collection by Athena Books in the 1980s.
- Ancient Wargames 1000BC to AD 900. Tony Bath.
- Medieval Period. Tony Bath
- 1750 Period in Europe and North America. Tony Bath
- Napoleonic Wargames. Don Featherstone
- American Civil War. Don Featherstone
- Late 19th Century Warfare including colonial battle with natives.
- 1917 Period In German South West Africa. Don Featherstone.
Wargames Research Group
Began life as the Ancient Wargames Research Group and then branched out. Phil
Barker, Ed Smith and Bob OBrien launched the first set of Ancient rules
at the Worthing National Convention in 1969 and they quickly became the standard
set for the period.
- WRG Rules For The Ancient Period 1,000BC to 1,000AD.
1st to 4th edition (1969, 70, 71, 73). The first two editions
are in Imperial measurements but the set went metric from
3rd edition meaning the first base size alteration
in wargame history. There was a medieval supplement that
was issued around 1970. The first set of army lists was
published in 1977.
- WRG Rules For The Period 1750-1850 (first published 1971)
Societe de Collectioneurs de Figurines Historiques
- Le Kriegspiel. These rules were written by Pierre Foure
and published in Paris in 1964. Pat Condray of Maryland
published an English translation later in that same year.
The English language edition ran to 36 pages. No details
of period or style, but wed love to hear about them
in any language.
Canadian & US Rules
Bowden & Ray
Well-known Texan gamers Scotty Bowden and Ken Ray produced a series of rules
- JEB. ACW rules. The second edition appeared in 1975. First edition described
as "the most popular ACW set ever released" in 1974 adverts.
- Minutemen: Dont Tread On Me. American War of Independence rules
- Coeur De Lion. The Crusades 1000-1300
- Empire. Grand tactical Napoleonic rules. Issued 1975. 57 big pages including
army lists. Ground scale 1 inch = 40 yards. Figure scale 1:60. Illustrated
with nice pictures of Hinton Hunt figures.
John C Candler
- Miniature Wargames Du Temps De Napoleon. Issued 1964. No figure scale is
given but 20 figures form and infantry battalion so about 1:33. No ground scale
either but infantry in line advance 3 inches per turn. A famous early set of
rules that were self-published by the author in Ohio and presented in their
own rather nice dark green ring binder so that additional sheets and amendments
could be added. Nicely illustrated with photos of 30mm Scruby figures. 66 pages
of rules including some for naval actions plus another 50 on history and generalship.
Theres even an address book at the back listing all the wargamers the
author knew of. The author proposed that other rule sets would follow but sadly
none ever did.
The editor of Armchair General
- The Wargame. Horse and musket rules. Issued 1970.
Figure manufacturer best known for its (ahem!) "modified" Hinton
Hunt Napoleoniques range issued two rule sets compiled by Duke Siefert and others
in the early-1970s
- Frappe! "A Miniature Wargame Of Tactical Manoeuvre In The Napoleonic
Era". Written by Ray Johnson. The Wargamers Library Volume One. Ground
scale Figure scale 1:10 no ground scale given. Illustrated with pictures of
Kriegspieler figures. Designed to be played on a hexed terrain board. 31 pages
of rules plus appendices on armies, accessories etc. According to a review in
The Courier in Frappe the 12pdr has a range of 9 feet and hussars charge 48
inches. A big table clearly required!
- Napoleonique "A Miniature Wargame Of Strategical-Tactical Manoeuvre
In The Napoleonic Era". (This set was re-issued as "Napoleonique Encore"
in the 1990s)
Fantasy Games Unlimited
- Gladiators. Skirmish rules by Hugh McGowan c.1975
- Bullets & Bayonets. Napoleonic set produced c.1972. Used at West Point,
Robert W. Jones.
- La Jeu De La Guerre. Issued c.1972.
- Ancient Warfare (1975)
Designed and written by Arthur Hendrick, play tested by the New England Wargamers
Association. Battles from earliest times to 1400. Also includes Middle Earth
(but well draw a veil over that). Figure scale 1:50. 39 pages including
5 of army lists.
- Grand Army. By Don Lowry and Pete Rice. Rules for big ACW and Napoleonic
battles using 9mm or 15mm figures. 1975.
Fred J Platel
- Kriegspiel: A wargame! A mimic battle with miniature soldiers. Issued in
1952. Sadly we have no other details.
Pioneer gamer, figure designer and manufacturer and publisher of various wargame
magazines including The War Game Digest
- Rules For A Strategic-Tactical Wargame. First issued 1961. 12 page rule
booklet promising "a new depth" to miniature battles. Doesnt
seem to have been period specific.
- Fire & Charge. Horse and musket rules. First issued in 1964.
- Joue, Feu, Chargez. Napoleonic Rules by DA Starr c. 1975.
Tactical Studies Rules
Published in Canada. TSR were behind Dungeons & Dragons but began in the
- Chainmail (Gary Gygax and Jeff Peren). Medieval skirmish rules issued in
1971. Introduced a fantasy element to later editions and the rest is history.
- Cavaliers & Roundheads (Gary Gygax and Jeff Peren). ECW rules (published
c.1973). 36 pages including uniform details and drawings. Figure scale 1:20.
- Tricolor (Rick Crane). Napoleonic Rules. C. 1974. 50 pages (about half is
taken up with organization details for various armies and units). Figure ratio
1:20. Ground scale 1 foot = 150 yards. Unit sizes the same as In The Grand
- Boot Hill. Man-to-Man action in the Old West (c.1974)
- Classic Warfare. Rules for Ancient Warfare from the Pharoahs to Charlemagne
(c.1975). By Gary Gygax. Nicely laid out and illustrated set featuring 23
pages of rules and an equal number on army lists and national characteristics.
Prominent US gamer and member of the Mid-Western Napoleonic Confederation.
- Column, Line and Square. Napoleonic rules. First published 1966.
- The Column, Line and Square Battle Manual. Written with Judson Baum and
issued in 1974
In a 1971 survey The Courier found Column, Line and Square to be the most popular
rule set in the US.
The War Room
Rules For the Conduct of the Napoleonic Wargame. Issued c.1973 by company in
Kansas City "employing a system for comparing morale plus casualty production
probability". Large format. 24 pages.
Published in Milwaukee c.1975 and sold through the Terminal Hobby Shop.
- The Wargamers Handbook (contained 20/25mm rules for Ancient, Medieval,
AWI, Napoleonic, ACW and "introductory" WW2). By R. Zimmerman (No,
not Bob Dylan, surely?).
- Wargamers Guide to The English Civil War. William Protz, jnr. 50 pages
of rules and background information.
US gamer and hobby store owner. Also issued a number of fantasy and sci-fi
sets including Alien Space.
- Hard Tack. ACW rules published by Lowry Hobbies in 1971. Said to be the
first US ACW set, which is hard to believe.