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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Surface Action WWII Naval Rules

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Surface Action is a set of free wargames rules for tactical surface combat in WWII. These are billed as simple, fast play rules.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sea Wings WWII Aircraft Carrier Rules

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Sea Wings is a set of free wargames rules for aircraft carrier warfare in World War II.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Ram Speed Rules

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Ram Speed was a Metagaming Micro Game from 1980. The rules are now online, but you’ll need yoru own counters (or miniatures) and hex map.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Captains Bold Frigate Rules

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Captains Bold is a free print-and-play game for the age of sail. It focuses on duels between frigates.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Iron Ships and Wooden Heads

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Iron Ships and Wooden Heads are a set of free wargames rules for naval gaming “in the era of the big gun.”

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Monday, June 23, 2014

American Civil War Rules

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This is a one-page set of rules for American Civil war naval and river battles.

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Men O’ War Napoleonic Sail Rules

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Men O’ War is a set of free wargames rules for Napoleonic sail. The rules are aimed at small actions, with one or two ships per player.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Battle: War At Sea Modern Naval Rules

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Battle War At Sea is a set of free wargames rules for modern naval warfare. It is designed for 1/6000 scale ships

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Saturday, January 04, 2014

Jutland: The Rules of the Game

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Jutland: The Rules of the Game are a set of free wargames rules for large scale WWI Fleet Actions.

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Friday, January 03, 2014

The Immortal Memory

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The Immortal Memory is a set of rule for refighting Trafalgar.

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About the Miniature Wargaming Hobby

Miniature Wargaming is part of the "adventure games" hobby, which includes r ole p laying and board games. Wargamers recreate battles on the tabletop with toy soldiers, like a more complicated game of chess. Models range in height from 6mm to 28mm tall, with 15mm and 25mm being the most popular. There also is a growing interest in toy soldiers and military models, such as the 1/32 and 1/35 scale plastic soldiers from Conte, and Marx.

The most popular miniature wargames are fantasy and science fiction based, such as Warhammer, Warhammer 40K, Warmachine and The Lord of the Rings. World War II games such as Flames of War and Axis and Allies are new favorites. Other favorite historical periods include Napoleonics, the American Civil War, and ancients, such as Romans or Greeks. Other gamers enjoy miniature naval wargames, recreating battles like Trafalgar, Jutland and the Coral Sea.

Hobbyists research historical periods and paint their tiny soldiers in accurate uniforms. Others develop "historically realistic" rules sets or build scale battlefield terrain using model railroad techniques.

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Some of the bigger hobby companies are Games Workshop, which produces Warhammer, Wargames Foundry and Old Glory Miniatures. Wizards of the Coast produces several lines of pre-painted miniatures games, such as the Star Wars and Dungeons and Dragons miniatures games, and a historical game with pre-painted miniatures: The new Axis and Allies game. Wizkids produces a fantasy collectable miniatures game, such as the Mage Knight and Heroclick fantasy games, the science fiction games MechWarrior and Rocketmen, as well as the quasi-historical Pirates of the Spanish Main.

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