I finally found some more good rules! I think I'm coming very late to the ball because I have heard of these before, but I just now got around to testing them out. Anybody who knows me at all knows that I am a huge fan of Two Hour Wargames because of the versatility and the ability to actually play and finish a lot of games. The only problem is that Ed doesn't cover everything. My first original love was Napoleonics but I hate all the traditional rules out there because they are too complex and it is too hard to get a group of gamers together who know the rules well enough to make it enjoyable. You sit around all day long and then on turn two you "call the game". No thanks. I have all but quit playing for many years because of this. Since we have discovered skirmish gaming our gaming world has been great and I got to thinking the other day that I should apply that to my favorite period. Some detailed searching and reviewing turned up two rules sets. Song of Drums and Shakos which is really only a very tactical squad level game, and Sharp Practice by Too Fat Lardies which is more of a company level game. I have already purchased and read, and played both sets and they are both very good but they are not really competing products. SDS is tops for fast play skirmish while SP let's you put together some beefier formations. Simply two different tools for two different jobs. I will not get into Sharp Practice here as I plan on doing a detailed review on it soon but I can tell you it is a very good game.
Song of Drums and Shakos is a fantastic game for quick sessions. It is very easy to learn and plays very quickly which are two of my biggest requirements for a good game. Last of all it gives good results which is my third. The heart of the SDS set is the initiative system which allows the player to play conservatively or to gamble. This makes for a lot of fun and some built in command control problems which simply makes a great game. I have started working on some 28mm figures for playing this game but until then I am using my 6mm Baccus miniatures of which I have thousands of.
Here is a mini batrep/review of a game played between me (Rifles) and my son Nick (Legere). Nick thinks that Sharp is overpowered in the series and now we can find out for sure.