I'm a new gamer and I have been greatly impressed with boltaction and their rules, but i was thinking of branching out to the American Civil War. I was wondering how the black powder rules worked with ACW gaming...also, are their lists for ACW in black powder like in BA? Anyway, thanks for any and all responses.
Black Powder works very well for ACW. However, the game doesn't use lists. It wasn't really designed that way. There is a new ACW supplement on the horizon, though I don't know how far off that is, or rather, how fast it is moving. Whether that will have any lists in it is unknown to me, but should have some scenarios in it. There is one in the rulebook for the ACW and you can use those found published on the internet or magazines like Miniature Wargames and Wargames Illustrated. What you need is the Orders of Battle for your chosen battle and put those units down on the table. The numbers of men don't matter, just the units and commanders of the "brigades". Relatively easy, really.
BP is an excellent ruleset and is very different to Bolt Action. It is a game that I'm sure you'll enjoy.
We've found that the basic rules need some tinkering for a good ACW game, but the rules are beautifully designed to facilitate tinkering! As noted, there are no army lists for ACW and you sort of need to come up with your own. Some prior knowledge of the ACW would be a bonus But Black Powder does work well for ACW gaming.