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  • Big Al replied to the topic Questions of rules in the forum Black Powder 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    Sorry, that is what I meant by the first sentence of my reply. Yes, the commander’s turn is over as soon as he has failed a command roll.

    Again, this can be dependent upon which version of the  Rules for Commanders you are using. The ones presented in the BP2 rulebook allow a General’s reroll if the failing Commander is within a prescribed dist…[Read more]

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  • Big Al replied to the topic Questions of rules in the forum Black Powder 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    1) Yes it is, really.

    Right, it all depends on which command rules you are using. The ones in the “Commanders” chapter do not allow any other orders to be given. However, if you read further into the chapter, it tells you that you can use the old rules from The first Black Powder Rules. In those, which most people have played for years, the Arm…[Read more]

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  • Range. It is the different ranges that make the difference.

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  • Big Al replied to the topic Questions of rules in the forum Black Powder 3 weeks, 3 days ago

    Sorry, Mike, but as I said in my response, if a unit is fighting to its flank, it cannot be supported. So, the Combat Resolution will not add +1 for each supporting unit – page 70 Units unable to be supported – Units fighting to its side or rear.

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  • Big Al replied to the topic Questions of rules in the forum Black Powder 3 weeks, 4 days ago

    1) Yes artillery can move and fire. Artillery can be manhandled a total of 6 inches regardless of how low your command roll is. Movement happens during the Command Phase and shooting during the Shooting Phase. Some of the supplements have suggested rules to reduce the distances that a unit can move and still fire, but they are suggestions and not…[Read more]

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  • Well, I’ve been playing BP since day one. All my standard units are 36 figures, which is what they were, generally, before Warlord decided to subtly raise the prices by reducing the number of figures in a box.

    That is not helpful, though. What is helpful is to know, or remember that there is no figure count in the game. The only thing that is i…[Read more]

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  • I agree with Gary, too. When in Mixed Formation, it is the skirmish screen that is firing, not the whole unit. As only a small proportion of the unit is deployed as a skirmish screen, giving it an extra die based on the size of the unit would be unrealistic.

    Same thing if the unit is in Attack Column, really.

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  • Spot on, Arcole! Absolutely right. The rules state quite clearly which troops can close ranks.

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  • I wouldn’t recommend using any of the rule suggestions in any of the supplements until you know the rules in the main rulebook first.

    The rules in the supplements are only suggested additions or replacements and not actual rules. Since Black Powder 2 has been released, one or two of the rules in the supplements have been adopted and included a…[Read more]

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  • No. There is no penalty, just as there is no wheeling. There is an uphill advantage during combat which you lose if you are pushed back.

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  • Nice one. That is really helpful. There is a Hail Caesar rules Discussion Group on Facebook that would appreciate you posting this on there. Not everyone uses this forum.

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  • 1) No. disorder (disruption as you have called it) occurs as a result of a break test during hand to hand combat.

    2)Yes it does. Your situation raises a couple of questions, though – did the artillery closing fire cause any casualties on the charging cavalry? Assuming that it did, the cavalry should have taken a break test, which means that it…[Read more]

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  • You’d like to think, wouldn’t you.

    It is quite possible that should the ACW thing take off, they may bring out Napoleonic in this scale, too.

    Now, as you May know, Warlord have been vague on how to deal with distances with smaller scales, suggesting all of the things that you mentioned, without coming off the fence and declaring one or the oth…[Read more]

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  • I would just convert to centimetres because it is easier and you have no maths to work out. I don’t care how simple the maths is, not having to do any at all is always easiest!

    If you’re going with the ACW sets, the base sizes have been sorted out for you. The only thing I would suggest and it is what I am going to do, is to reduce the number of…[Read more]

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  • It means that you will move each brigade in order at their entry point. They might all arrive in the first turn. Of course, there could be order failures which could alter the arrival times of a brigade or two, but you’d have to be pretty unlucky for that to happen. Especially as they are moving on roads and in Column of March, giving a +2 to t…[Read more]

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  • Go the the Perry Miniatures website and look there. The Warlord site is mainly interested in their own products and you will often find that other manufacturers kits are listed but not in stock. Warlord Napoleonic figures tend to be in a marching pose. That’s because they are easier to rank up than multiple poses. They are also easier to c…[Read more]

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  • Big Al replied to the topic Napoleonic Artillery in the forum Black Powder 4 months ago

    Legere, that is correct. The rulebook has a couple of diagrams showing the situation and states that maximising frontage means that you cannot avoid contacting two units when one is a single model artillery piece alongside an infantry unit. However, increasing the artillery frontage and means that the you are unlikely to contact both the artillery…[Read more]

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  • Hi George,

     

    A large unit gets 8 attacks, not 6. Other than that you are correct on everything that you have mentioned.

    Oh, and the large unit now suffers a -1 on all of its to hit rolls because it is fighting to its flank.

    If you wanted to, you could place all of the large unit’s attacks to the front and not place any against the cavalry – t…[Read more]

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  • The announce states that they are 15mm and in brackets 13.5mm foot to eye.

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  • Right, the it would all depend on your order and how you worded it. You should issue a “brigade” order to include both units, something like “this warband and skirmishers will charge the enemy warband.”

    as you know, skirmishers cannot charge formed infantry, but the term “charge” does not mean that a unit must make contact. If it is not allowed…[Read more]

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