Big Al


  • Can I just ask where you get 8 attacks for the Attack Column? For that matter, why have the British got 9 attacks? If these are standard units, they only have 6 attacks, 8 if a large unit.

    Your example also shows why Useful Rules should be applied carefully and sparingly, not loading up and making units invincible.

    something else that you have…[Read more]

  • Big Al replied to the topic charge distance in the forum Black Powder 1 month, 1 week ago

    Yes it can. As the rules state, a charge order is just a mechanic to get a unit to move into contact. Without it a unit cannot make contact with an enemy unit.
    You can issue a Charge order from any distance, but what it means is that the unit must make full moves until it makes contact with an enemy. If it doesn’t contact an enemy, it does not m…[Read more]

  • <p style=”text-align: right;”>Basically, yes. Changing formation takes a full move, so your unit moves up to the terrain(1st move, then changes formation (2nd move) then enters the terrain (3rd move).</p>
    That is per the rules in the main rulebook.

  • You have to be wary of podcasters making these statements. If it isn’t in the main rulebook, then it is either an alternative rule suggestion from one of the supplement books (including the rules that come with the Epic set) or it is a house rule that they are passing off as an actual rule.

    it is certainly not in the main BP2 rulebook.

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

    Yes you can. Manhandled Artillery can move a maximum of 6 inches, regardless of how low the command roll is. So, even though you roll and get 3 moves, your manhandled Artillery can only make one move of a total of 6 inches.

    The shooting phase is a seperate phase and so, the artillery can fire during that phase.

  • Big Al replied to the topic Supports in the forum Black Powder 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Basically, what Charge the Guns has said.

    the main thing to remember about a brigade order is that the units involved have to be within 6 inches of each other when the order is issued and end the turn within 6 inches of each other.

    I don’t know about P&S, but in Hail Caesar, supports move with the fighting unit wherever possible. If P&S is the s…[Read more]

  • Big Al replied to the topic Release date of Hail Caesar 2 in the forum Hail Caesar 5 months ago

    No clue as yet. Sign up to the Warlord newsletter where it will be announced first. They will announce the pre-order dates and deals.

  • Big Al replied to the topic Charges in the forum Black Powder 5 months ago

    Not quite.
    the unit can charge an enemy unit regardless of whether it can see the enemy unit or not at the beginning of the turn.

    what is all important is

    1) the charging unit can see the target at the beginning of the charge move, which is the final move into contact. This could be the very first move or the third move earned due to the command…[Read more]

  • Hi Ken

    1) Disorder in hand to hand combat occurs as a result of the break test. Generally, it is the loser of the combat that takes a break test. I say generally because if the combat ends in a draw, either or both combatants could end up taking the test. If either combatant is shaken at the end of a drawn combat – Only a drawn combat – then they…[Read more]

  • I think it was a mistake making changes to the main book. It means that two people playing the game may have a different understanding of the rules because they are different. Neither would be wrong, just one would be misled. The mini rulebook (which I would never read because The print is too small) should be the same as the large format…[Read more]

  • Big Al replied to the topic About Face in the forum Black Powder 11 months, 3 weeks ago

    Don’t worry about disagreeing, Garry. I know the rules fairly well, but some bits slip through and that change is one of them. It was always a bone of contention in v1 and my suggestion wasn’t far off the change that is in V2. I’d still suggest some movement reduction in the turn around, to be honest, but if the rules state otherwise…..

  • Big Al replied to the topic About Face in the forum Black Powder 11 months, 3 weeks ago

    Technically, it is a formation change, so should take a full move, as does a Turn to Face. However, Some feel that that is a bit steep considering that a man just turns around on the spot (even ancient pikemen just pointed their stick at the sky and was able to do that pretty quick) and suggest that it takes only half a move. It is a change of…[Read more]

  • I don’t know, to be honest, because I am not doing Naps in another scale. I do have the ACW version and that has some from the Glory Hallelujah supplement, including a couple of scenarios.

    However, it shouldn’t matter because the rules haven’t really changed. The game is still the same, just a different scale. So, you just play it as you alway…[Read more]

  • Yes, but it isn’t that big a deal compared to the risk factor that I mentioned caused by ignoring the unit.

    Remember the rule about only being allowed to contact the quarter that your unit starts its turn in. If the majority of the unit is in your flank quarter, it can only contact that quarter if it charges, regardless of how far away it is a…[Read more]

  • Look, as I have said before, all Unclear Target does is excuse you from shooting at the closest target. As you know a unit is forced to shoot at the nearest target. If that is considered an Unclear Target (and remember that your opponent and you can agree the condition) then you can target the next closest instead. However, there is a risk…[Read more]

  • Quote “My only remaining question is on the Unclear Targets again.  When a unit is partially in your FoF to the flank, what determines “less than half” ?

    Finally, I’m not sure if the last comments are directed to me but I can assure you that “not reading the rules” is not my problem – I have read every line of these rules so many times it is ma…[Read more]

  • That is certainly true! There are way too many who just watch video tutorials or learn by playing with someone who has done that. Misinterpretations are one thing, but not reading the rules and then declaring something as being the rules is something else.

  • Fair enough, Garry! I just thought it worth adding.

  • Further to what Garry has said, the centrepoint of the unit frontage is generally used if your units are based a little differently. If you have, say, six bases each consisting of four figures, you will probably find that you do not have a central figure. So, using the unit’s front centre makes more sense. If, like me, you have six bases c…[Read more]

  • Beat me to it! 😆

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