I don't want to derail the other ACW thread so I am starting this one. My ACW gaming group consists of 6 or so players and a total of 7 brigades (3 union infantry, 1 union cav, 2 confederate infantry and 1 confederate cav). Yes, we need a bit more for both sides.
I'm trying to figure out the special rules we'll use most of the time and what size certain units (cav dismounts) should be.
I have the union cav and pretty much have them mount and dismount for free, marauder, and sharpshooter. When they dismount, should they be skirmishers as well? Should they have skirmish on horseback? Does that even work?
I have a question about unit size for cav. We've been playing with 12 model standard sized units. When they dismount, they should have (depending on who you talk to) either 8 or 9 dismounts. This is much smaller than a standard infantry regiment so do they go from being a standard cav unit to a small infantry unit (thus losing a shooting die and always fire 1 instead of 2 like the template says? Or is that 2 in the template already taking into account the loss of 1 die since infantry has 3 dice normally?
I'm guessing that the confederate cav should be pretty much the same as the union cav above. How about the infantry from the two sides? Should they just be vanilla? Should run of the mill infantry have anything special at all?