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Lion. Powerful piece from Shogi variant.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Greg Strong wrote on 2013-10-02 UTC
Perhaps for inspiration, take a look at David Paulowich's Lions and Unicorns Chess.  It's 10x8 with the Knights on the second rank as you have done.  He didn't even feel it was need to put pawns in front of them (and as an excellent game designer, I'm sure he evaluated this closely before deciding on it.)  Of course, his Lions are HFDs rather than Shogi Lions...

I think you're probably on the track of something that could be an enjoyable game.  Personally, I'd explore a 10x10 board with pawns on the third row Grand Chess style, and probably only one Lion per side.