After a too long hiatus with my Danish project stalled I am reigniting it and have managed to group together a bunch of people starting skirmish level armies in Denmark and some who are already playing. Anyways not taking full credit; truth be told we are a group who has mutually posted about this game for a long time and inspired each other to get started. And three people at least already played themselves in their own club separate from this.
I have had models for a Danish division lying around for more than a year and with the new group of interested players and the new Danish book coming around, I want to get started cracking on my force and I have yet to play the first game.
My vision was also to get a Swedish division some day to play the opponent to my Danes. I like having an extra army to play with friends and family who can't or won't invest themselves. Gives you more opponents that way..
Now reading the rules and army lists, particularly looking at Swedes vs. Danes and associated special rules, I can't help but feel that the Danes are getting the short end of the stick.
We all know that the Swedes are the supposed superheroes bouncing about in Poland and gathering military knowledge and experience. And sure enough they do have a lot of morale boosting special rules.
Now I won't mention all the special rules here for divisions and regiments (or skirmishes for that matter). But when I sum up the different parts a few things springs to mind.
Danish National Cavalry and Danish National Infantry vs. the Swedish National Infantry and Swedish Reiters have in turn the POOR vs. GOOD TACTICAL DISCIPLINE.
That means when Danes and Swedes go head to head the Swedes will get a whooping +2 in combat resolution for every fight. Doesn't that mean the Danes will lose almost every fight they engage in?
Other than that the Danish National Infantry gets the Conscripts rule meaning they get further breakpoints for destroyed regiments. And further to that the Danish Infantry got lower moral than the Swedes (as does the whole regiment).
The one advantage the Danes has is that the infantry regiment (they are almost the same as the Swedish) is that they start at 1 lower FSP. Once you start maxing out a Swedish and Danish infantry regiment you could easily get to 9 FSP with the extra bases, a gun and Lt. Colonel. The Swedes get the exact same force for 10 FSP.
How does this 10% cost differential justify all the special rules and stats in favor of the Swedish?
Now for the National Cavalry vs. the Swedish reiters the story is the same; again a +2 built in difference in combat resolution. Again special rules generally favor the Swedes. A Swedish reiters regiment can have 14 bases and an extra Major compared to the Danish 17 infantry bases and no major.
I wonder again if the differential in numbers have any significant impact compared to the difference in combat resolution. My wargaming experience tells me "no", but I would like to hear from experienced players think!
This is not whining or complaining. I am just trying to understand what silver lining I am missing. Is there something in all of that, that somehow explains (outside of historical reasons) the differences? Is there a way that balance is maintained across the armies, that I don't see?
Also as I am building my force, I would like to know of potential pitfalls and problems, so I can plan ahead accordingly.
For my planned division ("New War" Defensive Division) I have the following regiments maxed out (I already got the miniatures, just need to assemble and paint):
* Mercenary Cavalry regiment
* National Cavalry regiment
* National Infantry regiment
* National Infantry regiment
* Dutch Infantry regiment
* Snaphaner, dragoon extras, all the guns that can be fielded etc.
Also if anyone has actually played the game with Danes vs. Swedes, I would love some perspective on it. :-)
At any rate please be polite and constructive ..............