Monday, November 13, 2023

One Hour Skirmish Wargames

     My last post was a game using Song of Drums and Tomahawks. What lead me to these rules were John Lambsheads' " One Hour Skirmish Wargames"; a set of rules that using only playing cards to resolve combat. As usual, while listening to Youtube videos on OHSW, I found several videos using the different "Song of.." rules, and was distracted from OHSW.

  I decided to play another game using Song of Drums & Tomahawks. The game was of an Indian attack on farmers working their fields, and the local militia response. The game started  ok, but after a few moves it seemed to me that the game was going to take too long to play out. I was about to break the game down, when I decided to try One Hour Skirmish  Wargames. I figured  to play a couple of turns, and if I  still wasn't happy with the game, I could  always stop.

    I found the game enjoyable. Instead of using two decks of cards for both sides, I used only one deck. I had seen a video of a solo game where the player used only one deck, and it seemed to work well.

  Hopefully soon I can get another game in using One Hour Skirmish Wargames.  

The game setup, with the Indians on the left in the woods, the farmers in the center, and the village militia on the right.

Closeup of the farmers and militia guard.

The Indians attacking through the woods.

The Indians draw first. The Queen gives them 12 actions.

One of the farmers manage to flee with the cart. Unfortunately  the militia wasn't  so lucky. 

The colonists lost 8 men, the Indians 4. Most of the Indians were killed in hand to hand combat.


  1. A great and fun looking game.
    Alan Tradgardland

    1. It was good to get another game in. It also was good that I finally tried the One Hour Skirmish wargames rules. I am going to try to get another game in using the rules.

  2. Great game John. I still haven't tried these rules despite buying a copy when it was first published. Your game has encouraged me to take another look!

    1. They sat on my bookcase for quite a while. I plan to reread the book and try a couple of more games out.