Had a 5500 a side game on Friday, my Cossacks versus Michael and Robert using Bob's Ottomans. Apart from the game I was interested in how the lists and new/additional rules played, especially as Michael always seems to have a very good perspective on rule systems (methodical). I won't say much about the game except it was very close and my Cossack's went down to the Ottoman assualt, losing the army commander and standard bearer as well as numerous other units (all my best ones). Bob was pretty excited as it was his first victory over me in any system since 2002, I blame my damned Brotherhood unit who went chasing after a fleeing unit and then were smashed by 3 Ottoman cavalry units, live and learn I should have taken more infantry. Anyway the rule corrections/additions that came out of the game for us were the following:
1. Toughness, I have always hated how veteran units are a toughness of 4, it changes the of the whole feel and fairness of the game. We agreed that the only unts to have a toughness of 4 will be Elites, rare and expensive (Winged Hussars etc.).
2. Rash, this rule is a bit harsh as units have to charge any unit be it foot ot horse in charge range, we changed this to a D6 roll, a 1-2 means they have to advance (instead of a D6 roll of 1) and if any enemy are in charge range they have to charge on this roll (a 33% chance of charging off out of complete control instead of the 100% chance previuosly).
3. Artillery, need to be able to cause some damage to buildings, earthworks and tabors. We have never been able to find how many wounds a cannon makes so our group decided to use the following template; a light gun will cause D3 wounds, a medium gun will cause D3 plus 1 and a heavy gun will cause D3 plus 2. Now a gun especially a heavy piece has the potential to destroy a wagon in a tabor with one hit.
I gave the others the new army lists to peruse and provide suggestions but the initial opinions seem to be very positive. I will post these if there is any interest, as I have been away there doesn't seem to be much action on the site, so if you want them posted leave a comment or email me. So far there are a total of 15 lists that will enable players to fight armies from 1623 up until 1673; they are 5 Polish, 1 Cossack, 2 Swedish, 1 Brandenburg, 2 Austrian, 1 Danish, 1 Transylvanian, 1 Muscovite and 1 Ottoman. Each of the lists has varients built into it, such as different allies etc. for different periods. It is now much easier for a novice to actually pick an army, one that seems to be historical (seems as many of us have different views upon what is right etc.).
Any way guys I leave you with a picture of a fantastic and very large statue of Karl X that stands on the street about 150 metres from the entrance to the Wasa museum in Stockholm. The staue has many of the major battles inscribed on the base and I was a very happy chap when I finally found it. Cheers Scott