There are several rule sets that are staples for me and one of these is Volley & Bayonet. I have been using these rules for something like 22 years now, yet they never disappoint. The rules capture the swirling battles of the Black Powder era and produce a narrative not unlike the historic battles of the period they represent.
The rules are ideal for refights of historical battles, of which I have organised many. However, they also work well in fictional situations. Last night’s game was no exception where with little preparation our group deployed two American Civil War armies on the table. The result was a challenging, realistic and entertaining game.
Several chilling events echoed historical precedent in our battle when two Confederate Corps clashed with three Union Corps. A series of critical attacks occurred around the “Angle”. Nearby brigades advanced through dense fields of corn, which me reminded me for a moment, of Antietam. All vivid memories of my visit to several Civil War battlefields last year.
A brief summary of the game can be found here.