A while ago I bought David Blackmores book. Destructive and Formidable- British Infantry Firepower 1642-1765. Best thing I've read in years..
It brings into focus lots of things we should consider on the wargames table but don't - in case it hurts our brains.
When was the last time you heard the phrase "tactical doctrine" around the table or in a set of rules? Now I've heard it used in the modern context more than once but rarely when considering he Black powder era.
The idea that each bloke in a tricorn hat is exactly the same as all the others seems imbedded in wargamers psyche.
The fact that it wasn't like that on the battlefield seems-especially these days entirely beside the point.
Blackmore makes the point quite forcibly that the Dutch, English French Prussians- all had different firing methods. I suppose the Austrians did too and in some cases different formations- yet all you see on the table are the same half a dozen "elements or "bases" with figures in two ranks.
. Hmmm - stuff to think about