Comparing hexagons with squaresPosted: February 16, 2016
Now for gridded wargames hexes have lots of advantages over squares, but they are not easy to draw and sometimes terrain and/or units don’t fit into them very easily. As a result I have swung backwards and forwards between using hexes and squares in my wargame designs. In the end I have to used hexes for wargames set in historical periods when tactics tended to be non-linear, and squares for periods when they were linear.
Last night I began thinking about the area of squares of a given face-to-face distance when compared with the area of hexes with the same face-to-face distance, and this morning I set up a simple speadsheet in order to look at the results. (Please note that:
- I have used the approximate ratio of 4:3 when comparing the sizes of squares and hexes and
- the distances chosen for the second chart are approximately the imperial equivalent of the metric distances shown in the first chart.)
The first chart compares squares and hexes where the face-to-face distance is in centimetres.
The second chart compares squares and hexes where the face-to-face distance is in inches.
This was quite an interesting exercise, and besides helping me get some much-needed sleep, it has given me something to think about regarding the uses of squares rather than hexes.