I'm in the process of writing rules for a skirmish game and have reached the stage where i need to write rules for creating warbands. I was originally going to go with set army lists for each force which gave you a max and min number of each type of units and a faction specific armoury. However recently i've been looking at some RPGs and they gave me the idea of having free character creation. This would work by giving a list of base stats for different creatures as well as a long list of all items available with the game ancd allowing people to build whatever they like. Since I want to keep the major faction within the game I was thinking I would also include optional conditions which restrict choice which if fulfiled give bonuses. Which of these would you prefer to use?
Also, when looking at getting into skirmish games which features do you look for in a rules set?