This book describes the Black Powder game and its various procedures and rules as played by the authors and their friends. The authors’ aim is to enable and encourage the reader to recreate the great battles of the 18th and 19th centuries with armies of model soldiers on the tabletop. As well as providing for the fundamentals of warfare such as the command of troops, movement on the battlefield, the effects of musketry and artillery, and the role of morale, the book includes numerous examples of further rules allowing the player to tailor games to their own preferences. In addition, twelve complete examples of Black Powder battles are included, embracing a range of conflicts throughout the period covered. Battle of Elixheim – War of the Spanish Succession, 1705. Battle of Clifton Moor – Jacobite Rising, 1745. Raid on Fort Ligonier – French and Indian War, 1758. Battle of Chinsurah – Seven Years’ War, 1759. Battle of Bunker Hill – Revolutionary War, 1775. Battle of North Point – The War of 1812, 1814. Quatre Bras – Napoleonic War, 1815. The Eve of Waterloo – Napoleonic War, 1815. Battle of Kernstown – American Civil War, 1862. Battle of Antietam – American Civil War, 1862. Battle of Dead Man’s Creek – Sioux War, 1876-77. Action on the iNyezane – Zululand, 1879.
- From the Napoleonic Wars to the American Revolution to the Civil War to the Plain Wars and many other conflicts in between, Black Powder covers a significant period in history spanning almost 300 years, which encompasses an era of warfare defined by muskets and cannons fueled by nothing more than gunpowder.
- Reenact pivotal battles in history within this tabletop combat game using dice, troops, and rules constructed by Warlord Games against one or more opponents.
- Each brigade is led by a single commander. You can move your entire brigade altogether or give individual units their own orders. On each turn, verbal commands are agreed upon by both players and moved based on those verbal commands and the roll of the dice.
- Built to be played on large tabletops, such as a pool table and multiplayer with as many people as you want, Black Powder was originally created to be a club game. A standard move is 12 ins for infantry, 18 in for Cavalry. Each player will need to have a measuring tape handy as they are not included.
- Build, paint and play! The construction and painting of the models and watching them come to life are just as much fun as the game itself!