As I mentioned in my previous post, I've decided to try out my Turks and Poles as their seventeenth century versions using the Renaissance Principles of War rules.
I'm doing this solo and I decided to make it a bit more interesting by plotting out multiple possible orders for each side and then selecting randomly. I did so thusly:
Sorry, the green lines for the Polish orders aren't too clear. Neither of the redeployments (top right of each chart) took place and the selected orders are shown circled.
The RenPOW rules (I'm using the first edition) aren't easy to pick up. They could certainly do with more examples. At first I missed the rule that you can't charge as a group. I also defaulted to a HOTT mindset and lined units up perfectly, which you don't need to do.
The rules could be clearer on things like how far retiring troops and pursuers move. What happens if pursuers catch retirers? There are rules for what happens if pursuers hit other enemy troops but not what happens if they hit troops they've previously caused to flee. At least as far as I can see.
That's what's happening here, by the way. Unit 1 of Polish Winged Hussars has pursued and caught to Shaken units of Feudal Sipahi. Do they fight again now? Edit: Gods this is frustrating! The section on Pursuit (pg 28) talks about troops who may/must pursue after a melee opponent retires or routs but isn't clear on how far it moves. Meanwhile the Charge Reaction section on pg 16 talks about units whose opponents evade, retire or rout moving forward immediately by 2" (or occasionally 3"). At no point does it refer to this as "Pursuit" but I'm now guessing (from absence of evidence to the contrary rather than from positive evidence) that this is what it means. So the Winged Hussars in the pic should be 12cm further back!
Otherwise the two turns or so of action has gone through OK. The rules aren't exciting me but they're OK. One odd issue is that a command can't deploy any wider that 18 inches (27cm in my reduced scale) even if it has sufficient units to do so. As a result a three command army must form up in a relatively narrow and deep formation with only a limited number of units able to fight in the first contacts.
I shall persevere for a while longer and may report back again later.