From: Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards
I prefer the second one, with a straight hex side to East and West.
Although that might be because I often fight games were the majority of the action is in the East-West axis. Like most of the campaigns in WWII Europe, or Northern Africa.
Almost all conflicts in history were on the East-West axis. I find difficult to find an example of the contrary.
Well, except for all conflicts in North America, Korea, Japan , italy, Russia v the balkans , Russia v the khanates, EcW, China versus mongals, Ming versus south China, boar war etc .
Even in classic WW2 East front operations., every single time a salient is formed, fighting reorients on a north south axis to pinch it off.
It’s really about aesthetics, although movement has to zig zag to go pure east in the top sample, which I think looks nicer. For me, the bottom one looks “ stretched”, even though I know it’s not.
Indeed, I was sure an expert would correct me...
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