Being thoroughly rusty when it comes to miniatures rules, I have been looking around for a decent set. As a notorious tightwad, I would favour a system that allows the players to recreate battles from approximately 1720 to the French Revolution.
This neatly avoids the "pike quandary" of Marlburian gamers but I feel it may be a lot to ask of one system. After a bit of reading Warlord Games' "Black Powder" looks interesting but I am put off by the fact it sells itself as suitable for 1700-1900. Surely no set that can depict the American Secessionist War of 1861-65 can also do justice to the War of Austrian Succession and let's say the Corsican Ogre in Russia circa 1812?
What I need is a fairly generic set that can be tweaked for extra flavour. A system where skill in utilising a force can compensate (somewhat) for bad dice rolling. Rules that are not bogged down in complex modifiers but that maintain a good "flavour" as it were. Above all a system that will do credit to the struggle between Beimbach-Schönau and the Savage Turk.
If any of my readership has any suggestions I would be delighted to hear more.