This is a draft I made time ago, for a tactical set of horse & musket rules. I never playtested it but I attach the .doc file for your consideration... see if you can make it a good set of two-pages rules
Thanks for the rules, have made a few tweaks and will play test. Would very much like your opinions on all the following, hobbling movement of poorly trained or slow troops as per your ancient rules. I will allow units to move through each other, count as rough terrain with no melee and possibly temporary disorder. Passage of lines was a trained manouvre I'm led to believe. Squares could move, read an article on this online recently. Dropped the rifled artillery firing modifier as I think the main advantage was superior range. Have added a +1 modifier for Heavier cavalry vs cavalry in melee. Changed the column vs line from march to attack column as I knew that was what you ment. Added a -1 for melee through bad going, -2 if cav.
Please advise if all the above is rubbish or simply not in line with the game as I have not played them yet. I very much like the basic mechanism of these and your other sets.
I didn't find them satisfactory as written, but can see that they might play OK with some work. Passage of lines would help, and a smoother melee system, where units don't stay locked together attacking each other on alternate turns. I dropped the straight ahead move requirement as well, allowing units to move within 45 degrees of their facing, so long as their facing doesn't change. I's also allow a wheel to just be part of a normal move.
Agree with most of the changes above - rifled artillery getting longer range only, for example. I wouldn't impose the 'Over half range' penalty on smoothbore muskets either - too fiddly with a 3" range.
Thank you for trying the rules... I wrote them for a friend that asked for a set of Horse & Musket rules. But I never tried them and judging from your review, it shows
Anyway I am glad that at least you find possible to make out a passable set of rules, with some work. I must confess that Horse & Musket is not my favourite wargaming area and I don't plan to update them soon. If you want to make the job, why not?
Thank you again for the report. I enjoyed the photos, too.