I've been reading the new "Black Powder" rulebook between naps (my bug makes me sleep a lot) . . . and this evening I took a break and read Phil Olley's article on his Thirty Years War project in the new "Wargamers' Annual -- Volume 1"
The problem is . . . I really like the "no figure removal" concept of "Black Powder" and other rules . . . and I really like the individual figures (and figure removal) of "Charge!" and "The War Game", etc.
A bit of a problem, what?
I demand simple mechanics . . . but want a great deal of flexibility while maintaining proper period character . . . which usually means detail, not simlicity.
I do not want every unit to look like every other unit . . . I want units to have a variety of sizes. Wow! Guess what? That one is pretty constant . . . what do you know? There's at least one aspect that I'm settled on.
But not settling on the others makes it difficult for me to define my perfect rule set . . . and let me be clear about this, my perfect set isn't necessarily what anyone else would find "perfect" (or even acceptible).
One of the problems that I have with a number of periods I'd like to play is that I really can't decide HOW I would like them to look on the table top. It makes things difficult . . . particularly in finding that "perfect rule set".