I've been reading Fistful of Lead rules by Wiley Games. They are geared for small forces with just 5-7 minis per player but can handle a fair number of players. At first glance I had reservations they may be cumbersome as both shock and wounds are tracked for each figure and I loathe much book keeping in games. After reading through though this seems easily tracked. The game runs on a card draw system that dictates order of figure activation and certain cards also provide bonuses such as a free weapon reload or heal a wound for example. While I generally like skirmish games with much larger forces like Dan Mersey’s Lion Rampant, Rebels & Patriots and Pikeman’s Lament, Fistful of Lead and their various period supplements might be a good game to start you off in a new period since you only need to paint up a few minis to start playing.
The pictures below are a travel game version of FFoL that I’m working on. When I have time, I hope to be able to drag it to the park or a game-a-thon. The minis are 15mm Blue Moon AWI and FIW figures I’m using as loyalist KRRNY and Albany County militia during the local raids of 1780 (also some farm families just trying to eke out a living and not get killed or taken hostage and dragged up to Canada) Wiley Games sells printed and PDF versions of their various rules and accessories. If interested: https://wiley-games.myshopify.com