I prefer Bannerlord, huge problem is the companions. Bannerlord skill lvling for companions is A***. I just want my companions to get xp per battle, no matter if they fight or not.
The system is fine. It's just way way too slow for some skills, even with 5 focus points into it.
Medicine and Leadership are a pain to level up. Not fun at all, even with full points.
Charm and Stewardship are fun because you actually make progress.
Leveling up your weapon feels good, as there is plenty opportunity. It's just pretty dumb that you can't level them in the Arena.
I don't even bother with Trade, Roguery, Engineering, Tactics, Scouting...
They are not worth the huge grind it takes to level them.
Skyrim at least had skill trainers where you could level up, Bannerlord has nothing.
This last point on Skyrim is actually a good point though - trainers.
Leadership isnt that bad once you get it, or if you lead armies, but its "too slow" to get the ball rolling.
The problem is that they should add more "sources" for happiness or lower the threshold from 75 to 65.
*Viking conquest when you where done with the fight, you could leave loot - and it would improve morale have the same in Bannerlord.
* when you train/level up a soldier - give leadership.
Medicine is an issue, on lower difficulty imo, cause you know your troops barley take damage, this kind of also is true with Leadership - as on the higher difficulty you need to get new troops all the time.
Scouting, roguery engineering is actually easy to lvl up now though in 1.71 Beta atleast.
I never had an issue with leveling up Scouting, but its dependent on terrain, so if you mostly are in some areas its most likely not going to see much improvement(try Battanian woods and Sturgia areas)(still not fast though).
Enginnering, be on the defense of a siege, and use a ballista, you'll level up like crazy, since the ballist hits so hard the xp yield is awesome.
Roguery - break lords out of prisons - huge relation boost and roguery.
But yah overall those skills need more tlc so they are faster/smoother to lvl or they need to give us more ways to get'em.
Some skills is super nice to lvl as you say, most are, but some are so tedious and boring.