I've always had a vague hankering to "do renaissance wargaming" without ever actually getting my act together. I think part of the problem with the renaissance period is that I haven't yet identified a conflict that really grabs me. The Great Italian Wars is probably most likely. I certainly have no desire to English Civil War.
The other problem has been the lack of a set of rules that's really inspired me.
I was probably still a teenager when I bought a copy of the George Gush/WRG rules and originally based my 15mm Samurai with them in mind. No actual games came of it though.
Later on I bought Irregular Miniatures 6mm Ottoman Turk and Hussite armies and the De Bellis Renationis (DBR) rules, again by WRG. Again the rules didn't sufficiently fire my enthusiasm.
It occurs to me now, though, that in building up my Polish and Turkish forces for Maurice or Black Powder, I've accidentally acquired enough models to be able to play another set of rules that have been sitting unused for years - Tom Penn's Renaissance Principles of War. So I think I might have a go sometime this weekend.
A simple, solo, late 17th century clash should give me an idea of whether these rules will do the job. I have the first edition and I know from having reread them this morning that there's imprecise language that will annoy me but I shall persevere and see where we get to.
Will my renaissance gaming see a renaissance? Report to follow....