So now we come to a good fork in the road!
Mr. Skinner thinks rolling SIZE dice vs combat skill makes more sense, and I agree with the logic. It makes more sense in the damage results- at the cost of an extra stat and step in the warband creation. Its also not as elegant to describe, but it does produce a more accurate representation of how fantasy creatures should behave in battle. Bigger things do more damage, skilled things are more reliable and make better use of tactical bonus dice.
By adding a new combat option- evade- where a defender gets more dice to its combat hand in exchange for not being able to hurt the attacker if it wins the combat round, we get a better situation for small, nimble creatures going up against big lumbering monsters.
It's a big rulebook change, so I would really love everyone to take a go both ways and see what feels best.
Heres the system suggested:
Hand to Hand combat and Defending Against a Shot
Roll models combat dice. This is SIZE+any combat bonus for being a particularly dangerous bad ass, carrying magic or heavy weapons etc. To score a combat hit, you must roll equal or less than your models level (combat skill). Level was 1 for fodder, 2 for militia, 3 for warriors, 4 for heroes, 5 for champions.
Roll models Shoot dice. Target number is your opponents SIZE.
All usual bonus dice apply.
Adjusting 2.04 warbands to combat skill based system
Make combat score their level (max 5). If over 5- add the remainder to your size for combat dice.
Tora Frathaus - SIZE: 3 C: 7
Tora Frathaus - SIZE: 3 Level: 5(champion) Combat Dice: 5
That should allow you to quickly test the system, see if you like it.
To add evading to your games.
Models must have evade ability. Costs (6-size) x 2 gold per level. Max 3. When attacked in hand to hand (not shooting), defender can announce he will evade. Add one bonus dice per level of evade to hand. If evader wins, attacker unharmed. Evader must recoil or swing around on a win. If model cannot do so, it cannot use evade. Attacker may press an evader that recoils.
Let me know how it feels. I have a hunch its the right way to go, costing a little elegance for a better representation.