Saturday, 1 January 2011

Post battle questions (II). The Guard Cavalry and the casualties in Lasalle

Lasalle is a ruleset designed mainly to play competition-type games. The losses and moral of the units are linked by a system based on the numbers of bases of the unit.
An average unit has 4 bases and get 4 points whereas a large unit has 6 bases and 6 points. These points are lost by fire or combat and can be recovered by resting the unit far away from the front line. The system is very simple and easy to implement and I actually use coloured pins for it (green, orange and red for 1, 2 and 3 points). Once all the points are lost, the unit is broken and dissapears form the combat and the table-top. It is supposed that the survivors run to rearguard regrouping in a safe place .
For 'Continuing Games and Campaigns', Lasalle has an Optional rule (See p. 79 of the rule book) based on a discipline test for each broken/eliminated unit with several modifiers taking in account the characteristics of the unit and the course of the battle. A unit that fails this test is forever lost, whereas passing it implies that the unit can fight another day.
I was very curious about the fate suffered by the units of the Old Guard Cavalry, Grenadiers a Cheval and Dragons de la Garde, that were overrun during the battle of Sellerhausen. In this case the Grenadiers a Cheval de la Garde recovered to fight another day but the Dragons de la Garde (Dragons de l'Imperatrice) were losen. However, I hope that a significant number of cadres plus survivors and stragglers of these fine unit may rejoin the flags, to fight another day.
Sic transit gloria mundi!

Nota bene. This is a programmed entry. Happy New Year!

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