Thursday, 1 December 2011

Altenburg update: the optional rules

The combat of Altenburg was a small affaire involving some pulks of Russian Cossacks, irregular cavalry as per Lasalle, as well as the defense and assault of a defile, the bridge at Schelditz. The scenario needs some optional rules to cover both aspects, since Lasalle is best suited to open-field combats involving regular units. The following rules will be used:

Assault of defiles
Lasalle does not allow march columns to fight, so the assaults on defiles, such as bridges, fortified gates, field fortifications, etc. can not be played on the table in a convincing way. There were some friendly discussions in the Lasalle Forum regarding this topic. At last, I have used the Scruf's proposal:
1) A march column can assault a defile like a bridge, a fortified gate, a fort, etc. It represents not only true march columns, but also all those formations with a much reduced front.
2) It fights halved dice and with no previous shooting, adding a -2 for "bad terrain" as they will be fighting in cramped quarters.
3) The defending enemy may use the "cover" or "higher elevation" modifiers when applicable.
3) However the small front, the enemy never halves their dice

Optional rule for charging Cossacks
(1) Irregular cavalry units may charge enemy units standing in 'march column' formation.
(2) Irregular cavalry units must to pass a 'Discipline' test to initiate the charge.
(3) If routed in 'decisive combat' the irregular cavalry unit is immediately broken.

These rules have been used in previous scenarios so they are well tested. Watch and see!

1 comment:

  1. I look forward to this battle.