Hardtack is a set of American Civil War miniatures rules for handling regiment versus regiment battles. Eventually I will release Hardtack as a stand alone game. For now, I have the Hardtack Plug-in, a supplement for Stargrunt II. Stargrunt II is the squad level science fiction miniatures combat game published by Ground Zero Games.
The Hardtack Plug-in takes Stargrunt II back to the middle of the 19th Century. The basic rules cover things like cavalry, rifled and smoothbore small arms, two types of artillery, and regimental formations. The advanced rules include two more types of artillery, morale modifications, ammunition, and much more.
Hardtack uses a scale of one figure representing between 3 and 5 men. This allows Hardtack to model American Civil War battles at the scale of one regiment per side, filling a gap between the Brother Against Brother and the Johnny Reb III rule sets.
With some modification, Hardtack can be used for conflicts throughout the 19th Century, from the Napoleonic War, to the Crimean War, the Franco-Prussian War, and the British Colonial Wars. It can also be used for Guns of the South style science fiction time travel scenarios. The cavalry rules can be used with Stargrunt II in any era.
Currently, Hardtack requires a copy of Stargrunt II (which is currently available as a free download from the GZG web site). Future versions of Hardtack will be completely stand-alone.