Post by rol on Jul 29, 2016 20:00:34 GMT
These are minimal and take into account the recent proposed changes to the rules on artillery and on infantry charges.
I’ve adopted the changed factors for shooting against BUAs and entrenchments as they make good sense to me.
I’ve changed the +1 for Swedish infantry charging with pike to a +1 for “Shock” infantry charging. In the “National Differences” document you will find that only French and Swedish infantry are classed as shock infantry, in fact the Bavarians should also be treated as shock infantry too. Rather than a universal charge bonus for infantry charging I’ve restricted it to those nations that had a reputation for closing with the bayonet when attacking rather than relying on firepower.
There were definite differences of approach.
The French had, and continued to hold, a belief that their infantry had a natural inclination to close with the enemy rather than to stand and shoot. They would shoot on the defensive but with anything like even numbers they favoured attacking. The advance was carried out in silence and the ranks progressively closed up. Some appear to have fired a battalion volley at 50 paces and then ran in, although a charge without fire was the preferred method. The Bavarians essentially followed French practice.
The Swedes seem to have had a well established attacking method and preferred to attack regardless of odds! They advanced in four ranks (and in step). At 50 paces the line stopped, ranks one and two knelt while three and four fired a volley, the line than immediately moved forward to point blank when ranks one and two fired and the whole then went in with the bayonet.
Most other European nations appear to have followed the Dutch method of using firepower on the attack, only advancing to take ground when an enemy was already starting to fall back.
I'll be taking a look at fire systems shortly!