Every so often I like to get out Neil Thomas's 'Wargaming: An Introduction' and read through the Pike & Shot rules. And I think 'These would be fun to play'. I've done this twice before at least, got armies out, set up a game, played them and then been disappointed.
But I did it again this week. I got out the rules, read them and though 'I should try these again.' So today I did.
And, once again, I was disappointed.
I set up an ECW game (of course), using the lists in the book. The two armies were:
4 x Foot (2 x Pike, 4 x Shot, Light Armour, Average)
3 x Reiters (Medium Armour, Levy)
1 x Reiter (Heavy Armour, Elite)
2 x Foot (3 x Pike, 3 x Shot, Light Armour, Average)
2 x Foot (3 x Pike, 3 x Shot, Medium Armour, Elite)
2 x Chevaliers (Light Armour, Average)
2 x Chevaliers (Medium Armour, Elite)
I randomised the terrain. One flank ended up with a lot of fields and a village, whilst there were a couple of hills on the Royalist side.
Maybe in a few years I'll get these rules out again and convince myself that there's something I've missed and that they're playable. I hope it's not for a while though.