|40mm square bases on Hexon hexes|
It prevents use only of the 'Gaps in his Lines' rule, but Peter Hunt (Bertie on TMP) has suggested the following: "We just made it that if a unit is in the ZOC of two enemy held hexes it cannot move into a vacant hex that is in the ZOCs of those same two enemy held hexes unless it is using "Gaps in his Lines." So you can use the rule for what is intended: going around or through a loosely held enemy line."
So what are the pros and cons of switching from the default 6" grid to 4" Hexon hexes? First the pros:
- I already have Hexon (including hills) and thus a ready-made battlefield. Rivers are easy to add on the hex edges using felt strips.
- It would allow me to use a much more compact playing area or play a much larger game in the same space.
- Hexes look less grid-like than squares and this carries through into the shape of BUAs, wooded areas and river courses.
- Hexon is going to look better than any alternatives I'm likely to end up with.
- BUAs would require much fewer buildings.
- Smaller (40mm wide) unit bases would be more compact to store and transport.
- Hexes eliminate the distance distortion on the diagonal which could affect artillery in large games.
- There would be a loss of aesthetic appeal to the unit bases. The AFVs would be and look closer when going head-to-head.
- Full platoons would be a bit overcrowded on a 40mm wide base, but not impossible.
- Hexon is bulky and heavy but when needed I would have the option of substituting a 4" hex cloth like the European Fields one from Hotz. Another cloth would give me a desert option.