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Dawn of Iron: The American Civil War at Sea, is a game of naval combat, set during American Civil War (1861-1865). While many think of the war’s naval campaigns as a static blockade, the truth is that it was actually just as desperate and bloody as other aspects of the conflict. From the coastal regions of Virginia and the muddy rivers of the Mississippi Valley to the far flung freezing waters of Alaska’s Bering Strait, Union and Confederate navies fought for dominance.

Dawn of Iron puts you in command of a Civil War-era vessel, or a full squadron of them. Assemble your fleet, engage the enemy, and send them to the bottom!

Dawn of Iron Rulebook

The 24-page Dawn of Iron rulebook includes all the rules you'll need to play in a concise 15-pages with diagrams and illustrations. There's also a few pages dedicated to open sea and coastal battlefields that you will fight on (riverine coming soon!) and four general play missions that should get you sailing in no time!

First Clash - Print-and-Play Components Pack

This bundle also includes First Clash, which is a Print-and-Play Components Pack for Dawn of Iron: The American Civil War at Sea. Inside you will find everything you need to print-and-play a game, including orders cards, cumulative & critical damage decks, tokens, and more.

Contains formats for A4 and US Letter paper sizes.

Battle of Hampton Roads Battle Pack

The attached battlepack covers the famous Battle of Hampton Roads. Inside you will find:

  • History & Maps of the Battle (6pgs)
  • 2x Historical Scenarios (Day 1 and Day 2 of the battle)
  • 1x General Play Mission (inspired by the battle)
  • Special Rules for land fortifications
  • 19x Ship Cards (covering all of the major ships in the battle)
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April 20, 2022 9:08 pm UTC
Is this a soloable game?
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Mike H May 04, 2022 7:48 am UTC
Not at present, but I've got a solitaire engine for the game in the works. Any suggestions and examples of great solo naval games would be appreciated!

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Richard W January 07, 2022 7:43 pm UTC
What is the game sequence? Order writing? Simultaneous movement? I usually use local UPS store to get large print files done in color. Not as good down here in E-Town, Ky, but reasonable. The UPS store in Wentzville, Mo was SUPERB! Got a lot of large files printed, even some 22" by 34" files printed inexpensively...the manager was VERY good at customer service!
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January 08, 2022 2:13 pm UTC
At the strta of a move players issue orders to each of their ships, using counters on a track. The more nimble ships have a shorter track and therefore act qiocker. These orders generally give a bonus for the ship when using that order but.....a ship is not compelled to use the order given, so it loses out on that bonus.

Play order is determined by scenario where the first player is noted. during the turmn each playernominates one of their ships and acts on it.

It sounds a little off, but once players get the hang of it the game flows really well and does feel like you have a lot a tactical choices especially when and what to do with your ships.

A really nice set of rules with an ever increasing number of ships and scenarios being made available, recommended.
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Walter O January 06, 2022 12:46 am UTC
can you recommend a decent card printing service?
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John L October 27, 2021 7:28 pm UTC
Just picked these up. This is the set Little Wars TV used for their ACW naval game. I printed up some 1/1200 ships and will try them out.
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Rich M March 24, 2022 2:09 pm UTC
Where is the best place to get stl models for the game? Thanks
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Edward V April 20, 2022 2:55 am UTC
Brown Water Navy Miniatures by MG_Lawson on shapeways has a nice range of 3d printed vessels in 1:600, 1:1000, and 1:1200. And the selection is growing.

Thoroughbred Figures has a very nice range of 1:1200 ironclads but restricted mostly to ironclads and gunboats. Site address is

Then there is also peter pig miniature in 1:1200.

Lastly and my preferred source is Houston ships miniatures on He cast to order so it is slower, but they are very nice. He has a very wide selection of ironclads, gunboats, rams, blockade runners, commerce raiders, sloops and frigates, forts, redoubts, and transports. His ships are cast in the 1:1000 range.

Hope that helps.
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Mike H May 04, 2022 7:51 am UTC
I can highly recommend East Coast Ironclads ( and Long Face Games ( Between them most ships currently in the game are covered. Good luck!
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Gerard D June 19, 2022 8:36 am UTC
double that for East Coast Ironclads and Long Face Games for ACW riverine naval STL files.
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