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  • #179907
    George
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    Hello

    My scenario calls for 3 lb and 6 lb cannon. Are those light smoothbore artillery or smoothbore artillery? Please advise.

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    #179908
    Mike
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    3lb smoothbore artillery are definitely “light” guns… as are the French 4lb smoothbores…

    Most people I know classify 6-9 lb artillery as Field artillery.  So the British 6 and 9 lb guns are both Field artillery.

    I have seen some people put the British 9lb guns in the heavy category to offset the French 12lb guns.

    A case could be made for either classification… keep in mind the difference is largely range…

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    #179909
    Garry Wills
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    The 3 pdrs are probably better as battalion guns with the 6 pounders being  light field guns (BP2 calls them horse artillery). Having said that I play 15mm and increase all artillery ranges by 25%.

     

    Garry

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    #179956
    Big Al
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    Yes, The 3pdr would be a light smoothbore. The 6pdr could be either smooth or rifled but I would class it as horse artillery. I only say that because of the wording in the table for ranges on page 56 of BP2.

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    #179958
    George
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    Thank you to all for your replies.

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    #179959
    George
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    I don’t think the 6lb guns can be rifled as this is the War of the Spanish Succession. Rifled artillery, from what I have read, were not invented until the 1840’s.

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