Italian Wars With a Twist
The Italian Wars were always there in the horizon, even as we got the initial platoons ready for WW2. One major reason was simply that we collectively had a whole bunch of Renaissance style troops already, puff-sleeved men that had served as Empire or Dogs of Wars units in Warhammer Fantasy Battles. Another reason was the period's strong visual and tactical appeal, and the great variation it offered to painting drab 20th century uniforms and tanks
But if we have maintained a rather respectfully historical approach to our WW2 forces and campaigns, several circumstances have lead us to take a more flexible attitude towards the Renaissance. The first reason is simply that we have several players who used to play Warhammer Fantasy Battles, and now look for an alternative for wargaming with large blocks of infantry, now that the game and setting abruptly disappeared recently.
The second reason is that it would be appropriate if a certain someone who already have a large collection of Landsknecht orcs could use them. There are also people like me who have other historical armies that fit the period and never get a chance to field them. For example late 16th century Japanese.
Finally we wanted to be able to play purely historical as well as semi-historical or full on fantasy style games or even campaigns in the period, depending on the players and what they feel like playing at that time.
Playtesting Field of Glory: Renaissance
This means that our criterias for a Renaissance game it that it should be flexible enough for us to introduce semi-historical and purely Fantasy style troops, and enable us to put blocks of 28mm miniatures on the tabletop. After that, it's all about finding a ruleset that is both fun to play and fulfilling as a tactical wargame. We looked at the pros and cons of two games initially, Field of Glory and Pike & Shotte, and decided to try FoG first.
We just had a simple trial evening of pitting four units against each other on a kitchen table to see how the mechanisms work:
It's hard to say anything after just such a simple test, but we did learn a great deal.
There will always be more pikemen.