Anyone got any comments/suggestions about this idea for a new Special Rule?
I was chatting to a re-enactment historical researcher last week (He was on the Roman side), and we talked about wargaming and the HC rules - he asked me whether there was a rule for the feingned charge that the celts learned against the pilum-armed Legionaries. He explained that the Celts developed a charge to strip the pila from a unit by pretending to charge, then just as the Romans were throwing the pila, they turned back so the pila went into the ground, then they charged before the rear ranks could pass their pila to the front (apparently the rear ranks saved their pila as 'reloads' for the front ranks)
I've considered how this could work in the game, and suggest this rule for discussion : the feigned charge is announced as an order (as normal), if the command is successful, the celts roll a D6. On a 4+ the charge is completed as normal, and the Romans lose the Pilum advantage in this combat. on a 2-3 the warband charges in disorganised, and the Romans lose the Pilum advantage, on a 1, the warband charges in disorganised, and the Romans keep the Pilum advantage
What do you all think?
I'm going to duck now before the Roman players start to chuck all their pila at me!!!