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 Post subject: Re: Bonnie blue flag ACW rules
PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:27 pm 
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Glad you managed to eventually get back into the forum Kev.
What I especially like about the rules is that they are so easy to adapt for any unusual situation. So far I haven't actually tried them for ACW but they have worked well for Crimean War and the Russo-Japanese War which was our latest outing. I might be trying them soon for the Franco-Prussian War.

Personally I thing Confederate cavalry should be heavily penalised for dismounting as historically they seemed to be very reluctant to do so.

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 Post subject: Re: Bonnie blue flag ACW rules
PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 12:15 pm 
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Steve
Advantage of firing in line rather than in supported line is the addition of a fired on from line modifier for the target unit and the fact that with its longer frontage it has potentially more enemy units to fire at.
As you say 2 supported lines cover the same frontage as a single unit in line but then again 2 units in line cover twice the frontage of those units.

In answer to your question about a unit being attacked and surviving a flank attack it's only option is to continue in melee. Because it is engaged it can not realign to face the attack and must suffer the attacked in flank modifier for as long as the melee continues. Lesson here is cover your flanks.

Again I hope this helps
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 Post subject: Re: Bonnie blue flag ACW rules
PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 12:32 pm 
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Dave,
Glad you are enjoying the rules and experimenting with them. Although they are written for ACW they have been easily adapted for a number of 19th conflicts from Napoleonics to Indian Mutiny and Crimea, our game at Carronade this year used a variant for Wars of the Roses and we have staged a game set during the Roman invasion of Britain, the last two mentioned did require a fair bit of reworking but the mechanisms are essentially the same.
Dismounted confederate cavalry don't really appear in our games to be honest but I decided to let them keep the modifier when dismounted for use in cavalry raid type scenarios where they might decide to dismount to fight.
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