I have a large collection of 1/1200 Civil War Ironclads but have never played many games with them becuase I haven’t really found a set of rules I liked. I may give theis free set called Smoke on the Water a try.
Phil Johnson and Les Benoot offer a pdf download of fog of war rules for the horse and musket era. These are a generic add on for other horse and musket rules sets, and are intended to reflect the problems offered by visibility and scouting on command control.
David Manley has written campaign rules for the 1782-1783 naval campaign between the French and British off the coast of India. Manley writes:
Between February 1782 and June 1783 the fleets of French captain Pierre Andre de Suffren de St. Tropez and British Vice-Admiral Sir Edward Hughes fought a series of naval actions along the Indian Coromandel coast in what has become one of the most popular campaign settings for wargamers of the age of sail. Five actions, all largely inconclusive and fought between fleets that were relatively equal in numbers, were fought on the Coromandel Coast, at Sadras, Providien, Cuddalore, Negapatam and Trincomalee.
Rex Hurley has written a set of free wargames rules for playing Last of the Mohicans with 25mm – 28mm wargames miniatures. The rules are relatively simple, and include statistics for all of the main characters, such as Hawkeye, Uncas, Chingachgook, Magua, et. al.
There’s also a page of pictures for inspiration.
Pirates anyone? Pieces of Eight is a set of free wargames rules from Andy Watkins portraying Hollywood pirate skirmishes. They are a relatively simple set of rules — but that’s a good thing! Who wants complications when you’re playing pirates.