Well the latest 'rules' seemed to work well. A few thoughts below:
Highland Charge melee bonus. I think a +2 is probably fine for the maximum bonus. Afterall cavalry only gets a +1. +3 when charging downhill I think would make them too powerful. More playtesting would certainly help.
Firing against the Highland Charge. I really like the variable response by the unit being charged. Sods law I rolled a 1 in our game, but c'est la guerre;)
No Battalion Guns. It was a bit of a shock at how close untis have to get before they can shoot at each other. For the '45 I can see the Hanoverian/British troops probably only getting 2 shots off before being charged by the Highlanders. Support from the Light Guns is pretty crucial as a result.
Another game planned this week so hopefully more feedback to come.
Post by lordgeorgemurray on May 19, 2017 16:01:46 GMT
Keith (and anyone else for that matter). Can I check what is envisaged for the basing of Highland Infantry. The convention we follow for SYW is that a standard unit has 4 bases, large 5, and small 3. The 45 variant says "Highland infantry will be based as close order infantry but their standard formation is a double line (2 ranks of bases)...."
Using 4 as the standard size does this mean that the Highland unit is 4 bases in total but deployed in 2 ranks (i.e. 2 up front and 2 behind, a square block) OR that the frontage is still 4 stands as per a regular unit but there is a second line giving a unit size of 8 stands. I assume you envisage the former for a standard Highland unit, a large Highland unit could have say 3 up front and 3 behind, can you have large Highland units? I would think no to a small Highland unit as smaller contingents were grouped together to try and create a larger "unit".
No such questions for Lowland Foot or Cav which just follow the normal rules. I like the idea of Triffling Cav units to represented the very small numbers of some Jacobite horse.
For what it is worth (given that your post is dated last May and so, will probably have reached your own conclusion by now), from my reading of the 45 variant, as there's no mention of Jacobite units having more bases, then the answer is that the standard Highland Unit has the same number of bases as any other standard unit in the game.
On a similar but separate subject, I came across this link to Rod's Wargaming on another forum regarding independent Highland Companies raised by the Govt.
Some useful information there for rating unit quality and inspiring scenarios for small unit actions (I imagine most units would have to be small units - probably representing combined companies) plus perhaps, scope for introducing trifling foot units?