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  • Big Al replied to the topic Rules Question Thread in the forum Black Powder 1 week ago

    Page 20 (main rulebook) under Formations. It tells you all about Skirmish formation.

    Basically, it tells you about the different way that units use the formation “Skirmish Order”. As a line unit in “Skirmish Order” is not a unit of skirmishers, they do not benefit from being skirmishers.

    I don’t comment much on the supplements because I tend no…[Read more]

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  • Big Al replied to the topic Rules Question Thread in the forum Black Powder 1 week ago

    The line aren’t skirmishers, so the modifiers don’t apply to them. They aren’t skirmishing, they have just adopted Open Order to move through the terrain. Skirmishers are trained to operate in the way that they do and are normally in small or tiny units. There can be exceptions, where a full regiment of light infantry are working as a line unit.…[Read more]

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  • Big Al replied to the topic Rules Question Thread in the forum Black Powder 1 week, 1 day ago

    No, there is no penalty. The line infantry are trained to operate in a loose formation in certain terrain conditions. When they leave the terrain they must adopt their default formation as soon as they can. The skirmish units already have certain advantages in their favour already – dice modifiers for shooting and being shot at. In woods all…[Read more]

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  • Big Al replied to the topic Rules Question Thread in the forum Black Powder 1 week, 5 days ago

    No we don’t. Must Form Square is a charge reaction.

    The part that states Tiny units can only keep to Skirmish Order is advisory. It is not part of the game rules, or it would be repeated in the rule fo Forming Square.

    However, as you know, BP allows you to make changes and tweak them to suit your play, so you do what you like, really

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  • Big Al replied to the topic Rules Question Thread in the forum Black Powder 1 week, 5 days ago

    No, it states that they can also form into March Column.

    I understand what you are saying, but look at page 89 and the Form Square Rule. Nowhere in the book does it say that a tiny unit cannot Form Square. Page 88 tells you that only regular units can Form Square.

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  • Big Al replied to the topic Rules Question Thread in the forum Black Powder 1 week, 5 days ago

    @Bert – Yes, the Proximity Rule is all important and always applies.

    @Nat – I assume we are talking Napoleonic, so yes. All regular infantry has the Must Form Square Rule, even those in Open Order. There isn’t a formation called “skirmisher”. A unit that is skirmishing is a regular small or tiny unit that is operating in Open Order.

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  • Big Al replied to the topic Rules Question Thread in the forum Black Powder 1 week, 6 days ago

    1) If the cavalry is within proximity, it can only move into its front or rear quarter. The rule on page 36 states that it is obliged to move “more or less” straight forward or straight back. So, whether it can charge and which unit it can charge, depends totally on which unit falls within its front quarter. According to your example, it sou…[Read more]

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  • Yes, remember that Clash of Eagles was written and published well before the second edition of the Black Powder rulebook. So, the references to the main rulebook are the first edition rulebook.

    Generally, the supplements are compatible with BP2 but not 100% compatible, like the example you have asked about.

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  • Sorry for the late reply, Angel. On FB I just use my name Alex Elstone

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  • I answered this on FB, but I don’t think you were happy with it. You could try calling Rick in on it there. He tends not to respond on here.

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  • Big Al replied to the topic Points system in the forum Black Powder 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Certainly, it is overly critical. People who say this tend to be the ones who don’t really like the rules for whatever reason. Usually, it is because of the simplicity of the rules. They seem to prefer micromanagement of units and be allowed to move every unit on the table in whatever way they choose.

    That isn’t the point to the system in Bla…[Read more]

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  • Big Al replied to the topic Determinig who won. in the forum Hail Caesar 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Not usually. Depends on the time available. If you’re playing to an objective, it often doesn’t come into it. A broken division is not that easy to come across unless you have small divisions. An odd number of units in a division makes it a fairly rare occurrence.

    If you’re having trouble with avoiding broken divisions, you need to look at using…[Read more]

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  • Big Al replied to the topic Determinig who won. in the forum Hail Caesar 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    How big are your forces, or games?

    We don’t usually have a problem in an evening’s game. Often, it is quite obvious who has won. If you’re playing to a scenario, which we usually do, you should have objectives, but even if you aren’t playing to a scenario, set yourselves objectives or an objective. Once you have achieved them you could conside…[Read more]

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  • The easiest thing to do is just convert to centimetres. That means there is no maths to do, however simple. It works and works well. The current QRS works because the numbers are all the same, you just have to remember it’s centimetres. Of course, that becomes obvious when your unit hurtles off like a rocket because your opponent, wide eyed, l…[Read more]

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  • I thought they were light dragoons and became hussars later. In which case, they wouldn’t have peilises. Becoming hussars was a fashion thing, so possibly had them because they liked to strut and show off.

    Really IO is your man for this.

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  • Hi Duane,

     

    i think what has you confused is the points system and how it is calculated for each unit. So, you are looking at the -1 for the Special Rules that may be attached to a unit of Raw Recruits, like Freshly Raised or Levies.

    actually, the points per unit, which is fully explained at the beginning of the appendix on page 80, is where…[Read more]

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