The American War of Independence was one of my first miniature wargames projects. I still haven’t finished. There’s always another unit to paint and another battle to create terrain for. At the library of Congress website, there is a section of maps and charts of North America and the West Indies 1750 – 1789 that miniature wargamers will find useful.
Will McNally has this set of free wargames rules for the American War of Independence. What makes these rules different is that they come with free software! Once the orders of battle are set up, the rules are run by a computer through clicking on options with a mouse. The rules run on MS-DOS, but can, of course, be run in a DOS box in Windows 98 or XP. If you’re like me, and have an old MS-DOS laptop sitting around, this could be a perfect use for it.
I’ve always thought that there was great potential for using laptops in miniature wargaming. Even better: someone should write a program for managing tabletop games with a PalmPilot.
Black Powder is a set of free wargames rules by Wes Rogers for skirmish warfare in the period 1600 – 1870.
Jimi Tubman offers a set of free wargames rules for the American War of Independence based on the Warhammer ECW rules.
David Wareham offers a set of free wargames rules for the American War of Independence.