Land of the Free

Wargames Rules for North America 1754–1815

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Land of the Free

Wargames Rules for North America 1754–1815


Land of the Free is the new set of wargaming rules from Osprey that allow players to recreate the various conflicts that broke out in North America shortly prior to and just after Independence, including the French and Indian Wars, the Revolution and the War of 1812.

This set of rules lets players begin their campaigns with small warbands of 10-20 miniatures of any scale and develop their forces over time, building them into armies hundreds strong.

A unique system of command points and the need to carefully manage resources or risk becoming vulnerable to counter-attack have to be finely balanced against the need to gain objectives throughout the game, creating a challenging, but enjoyable environment for your armies.

Table of Contents

Author's Note

Essential Items

Organizing Your Forces
Choose a War or Background
Pick Your Scale
Organizing Your Force
Building Your Force
Collecting Your Force


Element Size
Bases and Stands
Element Types
Element Statistics
Line of Sight and Arc of Sight
Front and Flank

Active and Passive
Understanding Orders
Forced Orders
Maneuver Orders
Combat Orders
Group Orders
Storing Maneuver and Combat Orders


Commander Ratings
Attached and Unattached Commanders

The Game Turn

Shooting Combat

Shooting Sequence
Weapons and Ranges
Shooting Results

Melee Combat
Melee Sequence
Charge Interruptions
Charge Reactions
Conducting a Melee
Melee Results
Artillery in Melee
Melee Special Rules

Discipline and Morale
Taking Hits
Levels of Discipline
Morale Tests
Excess Hits
Broken Groups
Supported Elements
Disorder Markers
Leaving the Field of Battle

Linear Obstacles
Area Terrain

Advanced Rules
Special Element Rules
Special Skills
Historical Elements
Optional Rules

Scenario Guidelines
Take the Field
Hold the Ground
Flank Attack
Frontal Assault
Meeting Engagement

Historical Refights

The French and Indian War (1754–63)

Battle of the Monongahela
Battle of Ticonderoga
Battle of the Plains of Abraham
Battle of Sainte-Foy

The American Revolutionary War (1775–83)
Second Battle of Trenton
Battle of Princeton
Battle of Brandywine
Battle of Germantown
Battle of King's Mountain
Battle of Cowpens
Battle of Guilford Court House

Northwest Indian War (1785–95)
Battle of the Wabash
Battle of Fallen Timbers

The War of 1812 (1812–15)
Battle of the Thames
Battle of Crysler's Farm
Battle of Chippawa
Battle of Niagara Falls
Battle of Bladensburg
Battle of Plattsburgh
Battle of New Orleans

Thanks and Acknowledgments
Quick Reference Charts

Product details

Published 20 Nov 2014
Format Ebook (Epub & Mobi)
Edition 1st
Extent 192
ISBN 9781472810496
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 51 col
Series Land of the Free
Short code LOF
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Joe Krone

Joe Krone is an avid historical enthusiast and bro…


Alan Lathwell

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