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Fortifications and dispersing units

Post by grenadiergrandson on Fri Feb 20, 2015 9:49 am

Does the use of fortifications stop artillery and skirmishers from being dispersed when they are charged? I know skirmishers can fight in difficult going but I can't find anything about defending fortifications helping them or artillery.

Also can cavalry benefit from fortifications? I can't think of anything like it from history but the rules don't say you can't Very Happy Perhaps I might have to use some common sense....

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Re: Fortifications and dispersing units

Post by RogerC on Fri Feb 20, 2015 9:50 pm

I haven't got my copy of the rules with me at the moment, but I am pretty sure artillery behind fortifications are not dispersed but fight a melee. Perhaps someone else can point to the relevant rule. Is it in the tutorial on fortifications in one of the EIs? Of course, the artillery is likely to have only a VBU of 1 in that fight.

Cavalry behind fortifications? I agree it is odd but can't see why the fortifications rules wouldn't apply. You can have fortifications with wagenburg and they are 'mounted' troops.

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Re: Fortifications and dispersing units

Post by Dennis Maxentius on Mon Feb 23, 2015 8:10 am

As far as I can tell, any Unit can be behind Fortifications. Using common sense, S behind Fortifications wouldn't be dispersed, the intent is not to have them undefended in the open.

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Re: Fortifications and dispersing units

Post by Gaius Cassius on Fri Feb 27, 2015 9:51 pm

If you look at the Tutorial on Fortifications at the back of EI2 you'll see that Artillery and Skirmishers are specifically identified as not dispersing if completely behind fortifications.
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