January 12, 2021 at 2:29 pm #183724Garry WillsParticipant
My reading of the rules is that Skirmish units have no flanks or rear and therefore can’t be charged in the flank and therefore always use all of their close combat dice when attacked. I can understand this when attacked by infantry but I am interested whether others play an attack by cavalry differently. i.e. do you give skirmish units flanks when attacked by cavalry?
Thanks0January 13, 2021 at 9:41 am #183728invisible officerParticipant
Many regular skirmishers had been trained to form hedgehogs of 4 or more men if attacked by horse. They had been flexible enough to do them fast. A compact line was not so mobile. The 2 – 3 men at the flank being in general able to turn 90° fast too. But under attack from side and back ……A deadly attack was the back slash from the rider that take you on his right side. Passing, not crashing into the foot.
Well, we have examples of line rear ranks just turning. Gaining a back badge on shako. 😉0January 13, 2021 at 11:12 am #183730Garry WillsParticipant
Thanks IO so you are happy with the RAW.0January 13, 2021 at 8:57 pm #183736NatParticipant
A skirmish unit has one frontage – front, until it is engaged and forms up…
which upsets my cossacks… who can only charge enemies in the flank or rear!0January 14, 2021 at 12:42 pm #183739Charge The GunsParticipant
Worth remembering that skirmishes get a -1 on their ‘to hit’ dice in melee, and can also not be supported. This should be more than enough to tip the odds to the cavalry.
I would allow Cossacks to charge skirmishers from any angle!0January 15, 2021 at 9:59 am #183744NatParticipant
yeah forgot about that (V2 rulebook pg 68 for the -1 to hit, and pg 70 for the support for others wondering)0
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