Drums and Muskets have been designed to introduce new players into wargaming. These rules are designed for the following wars, although players could easily use them as a framework for other wars in the same period.

  1. The Revolutionary Wars (1792-1802).
  2. Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815).
  3. The South American Wars of Liberation. (1808 – 1828).
  4. The Crimean War (1853-1856).

The rules provide more experienced gamers a simple more relaxed way of enjoying the period without the complexities and depth of match play. These rules are not written to provide a purist simulation of the period, but a game with a flavor for the period. The rules are designed to use any scale models. To play the games all you need are Six-sided dice (D6), ideally 1D12 although you could use 2D6, your own models, terrain to represent the landscape of your battlefield and a ruler.

Game Scale

In wargaming there is usually a link between the real-world representation in ground scale and several men. Drums and Muskets uses 1 base width (BW) to equal 40 yds with 50 men deployed in two ranks or 75mm deployed three ranks. Several bases would make up a battalion unit depending on the battalion’s size. Base Widths (BW) are used also in the game for movement and range distances. For 15mm a base would be around 40mm wide and in 25/28mm a base width would be around 60mm wide. Where players wish to use figures instead of the bases. Then for distances use 4cm as a base width. Calculate dice on number of figures in the front rank or a single artillery model, instead of bases.

As a guide for using figures based for other game systems, players could consider the following:

  • Standard battalions would be about 4 bases, if using a square base system of about 4x 25mm figures then 6-8 bases would be a good guide.
  • Large battalions would be about 6 bases, if using a square base system of about 4x 25mm figures then 8-10 bases would be a good guide.
  • Most cavalry would be 4 bases, except units such as Austrians which would be 6 bases.
  • Artillery batteries would be 1 base unless specifically larger, then 2 bases are used.
  • It is also possible to use a system of single unit bases as shown below. If you use this method, then the base has strength of 6 from standard size or a strength of 8 for larger units.

Light companies thrown forward from a parent unit, are handled in these rules as a factor. Players can use a few figures to indicate that the army uses light companies deployed forward of a parent battalion for a nice cosmetic effect.

Look inside

Below are few images of the interior of the book. Both the free PDF and the hardback copy have the same content.