This looks awesome!
And I've come to appreciate grid systems in wargaming. You don't lose any of the tactical complexity, you can still make an awesome looking table (as you've demonstrated) and grids remove any of the measuring ambiguity that can slow play.
Yeah, that's my take - especially for the casual - collaborative, even - nature of these rules with the narrative focus.
I'm okay with the hemming and hawing over half an inch here or a CM
there in a tourney setting, but it doesn't personally hold much appeal to me. Automatically Appended Next Post:
Easy E wrote:
I am really interested in this. How would you say it compares to a game such as Pikeman's Lament?
Here are the contrasts I would make (as a guy who likes the various flavors of the Lament games!): Warband Size: PL
floats out on the end of larger sized skirmishes with, what, an average of 5-8 units per warband and approximately 30-45 figures. 15XX is a smaller commitment: always 4 units averaging 18-24 figures. Narrative Focus:
The lion's share of PL
's narrative hooks are in its officer. 15XX spreads that out to all units and zooms out to focus on the warband as a whole. Campaign advancements will attempt to tell a story about this warband and their place in the world - those advancements are framed as key people and places important to the party. Unit Diversity: PL
uses the standard trained army and mercenary mix of units common to other pike and shot era rules. One of the criticisms I've heard about historical gaming is the homogeneity of forces stifling creativity. I think that's a fair critique for those people wanting to get into historicals from fantasy and sci-fi. I've tried to be as diverse as historically plausible in unit choices for 15XX - ranging from foot and shot and gendarmes to looters and livestock. You can see some of those different types at my blog, where I've been posting things. Footprints:
In 28mm PL
is supposed to run on a 4x3 table, but most folks I've seen go larger. You can run 15XX on a 3x3 or 4x4 table, depending on how you base figures and size your grid. I'm going with 15mm, and I love the smaller footprint given the rules and the scale. Being able to get in a fun game in a 2x2 space is cool.