Big Al


  • Big Al replied to the topic Further BP2 queries in the forum Black Powder 2 days, 18 hours ago

    Regarding the rockets, as they are foot artillery, I would say that they have the same stamina. They are not as mobile as horse artillery, which is the trade off for the low stamina level given to horse artillery. That is something that is often overlooked by those who criticise the mobility given to horse artillery in the game. Once the unit…[Read more]

  • As Garry has said, you can change formation. I discussed this with Rick personally and he explained that expanding and contracting the frontage does not count as sideways movement.

    So, you can change formation while within proximity. Don’t forget that there will be a -1 to the command roll for being that close to an enemy unit if you are not u…[Read more]

  • Big Al replied to the topic Rules Question Thread in the forum Black Powder 1 week, 3 days ago

    As Nat has said, the supplements were all written with V1 of the rules in mind.

    There are a couple of things to consider and the main one is that the rules in the supplements are just suggested alternatives or additions. It is up to you whether you use them or not or even to tweak them. They are not actual rules replacements, just…[Read more]

  • Big Al replied to the topic Break tests in the forum Black Powder 2 weeks ago

    Yes they do! That is, any unit that is in a position to support (within 6 inches of the unit fighting the combat), regardless of whether it was used as a support or not, must take a break test if the friendly fighting unit breaks! This only applies to a hand to hand combat situation and not shooting. Supports don’t count during shooting.

  • Yes, both flanked units can fight because they didn’t charge or attack. They were attacked and one of them will have been an incidental contact.

    Yes, one of the units will become disengaged because there is no room for them both. The other way of looking at it would be that the single unit centre must contact the enemy unit that it is fighting, s…[Read more]

  • Not quite. They get to turn to face, but only one unit can fight in the next round because of the rule which only allows one unit to fight in an enemy unit’s quarter. So one will stand while the other moves to one side and supports.

    Don’t forget that all units attacked in the flank can only place half of its attacks (rounded down) to the fla…[Read more]

  • Yup! As Garry has said. The rule book actually describes it as the victorious unit is so euphoric about winning that it ignores its casualties and so doesn’t have to test. As it has received excess casualties, the unit is now shaken, asHarry has mentioned. This means that it cannot initiate combat, but will still fight if attacked. It suffers -1 t…[Read more]

  • Charge the Guns is right. You issue your order and just rolled enough for the completion of the first part. That means that the unit changes formation. It is now stranded.

    Leaving terrain like woods would be the same result. The only difference being that the unit does not need an order to change to line or close order because it would…[Read more]

  • Sounds good to me. The unreliable rule allows the exception.

  • Yes, Garry, that is correct. It only gets the benefits of skirmishers when shot at to the front.

  • The brigade order is rolled against the commander’s Staff rating, the result is then modified by any factors that might affect it. For example, if one member of the brigade is beyond the first 12 inches of the commander a -1 modifier is applied and so on.

    the rule for brigade orders is that all units included in the order must be within 6 i…[Read more]

  • Mike, I always wondered why the break test for Closing Fire used the Hand to Hand result, especially as the test, if taken at all, happens before any close combat had occurred. However, this has always been the case, even in the original rulebook. You just don’t charge artillery head on with cavalry because they’ll never make it. Skirmishers are…[Read more]

  • Answering in reverse

    2) No, casualties caused by closing fire do not count towards Combat Resolution, but they do count in the following break test if that unit loses the combat.

    1) the combat is a draw. Neither side has to take a break test because neither side lost. Nor did either side become shaken (stamina level reached) so again, no break…[Read more]

  • Well said, Mike.

  • Actually, George, Garry is correct. A unit that is within 6 inches of a unit that breaks from combat must take a break test, regardless of whether it was used as support or not. See page 78 of BP2 paragraph at the bottom of the first column.

  • Late to this, yet again!😁

    I agree with Garry’s interpretation. Depending on how the square is formed, the artillery will be protected by the square.

    However, you say that there was another unit of dragoons. Depending on the position of that unit, if it starts the turn within the flank quarter of the artillery, it could still charge the a…[Read more]

  • Big Al replied to the topic Rule Queries in the forum Black Powder 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Late to this, but I think most of it has been answered.

    Closing Fire break tests always uses the Hand to Hand results.


    Skirmishers don’t have a frontage, or rather, count their front as 360 degrees, so will attempt to Form Square. I suppose that they could evade if they were close enough to terrain that the cavalry could not enter. I would a…[Read more]

  • No to both questions.

    Firstly, closing fire only involves units that are contacted by the charging unit. There is no corner to corner contact in the game, so Unit B is only supporting.

    Traversing fire only occurs if and when the enemy unit moves across at least half of your unit’s frontage, while within 12 inches of your unit. In the example y…[Read more]

  • Big Al replied to the topic FPW for Black Powder in the forum Black Powder 3 months ago

    Nobody really knows what Warlord will publish or when. They do things their way and don’t say anything until preorder time.

    They showed us the mock ups for a Crusades supplement for Hail Caesar at Salute back in 2012 and it still hasn’t materialised! The ACW one was displayed at the same time and wasn’t released for another 6 years or so!

  • Big Al replied to the topic Rules Question Thread in the forum Black Powder 3 months ago

    Yes that is correct.

    This was not a popular rule and a suggestion was made in Albion Triumphant to reduce the effect, somewhat. That suggestion was that the first unit would suffer the closing fire but not contact the line and would support the second unit, which would be the one that contacted the line and fought.

    However, V2 of the Rules has…[Read more]

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