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Steve Green



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2016 3:57 am    Post subject: Commanders using road movement Reply with quote

I put this on the Slitherine forum and got reactions both ways....

Should a commander who is NOT attached to a unit be allowed to make a double-distance move on a road?

The rules allow it for limbered artillery and units in March column, but doesn't mention solo commanders.

I feel that they should be permitted the double move in the movement phase definitely. They move "as light cavalry" and don't have the same concerns re formation.
Haven't decided if it should be allowed for the 4MU move in the recovery phase.

What are your thoughts?
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Mick.G



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2016 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds fair to me. Movement would be much quicker on a road than cross country around the battle field.
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Richard Gordon



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2016 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

According to a strict reading of the rules, I would say not. The rules specifically refers to "units" getting this bonus.

It does seem odd that a brigade of cavalry can move twice as fast as a general and few ADCs.

Nevertheless, we do have a convention of playing the rules as they are written.
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Steve Green



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The main reason I mentioned it is that I have been thinking of ways to get more use out of roads.
My feeling is that they would be most useful in multi-corps battles, where a division is more likely to be in reserve.
The officer thing was something that had never occurred to me before. Could make a road running lengthwise about halfway across very useful. Twisted Evil
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Cawdorthane



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As an independent observer, I think Steve is entirely right and what he advocates is the RAW. If generals move as LC and LC as a unit (what else are they?) get the road bonus, then the answer is clear, aided for a rare change by history, logic and common sense (not my natural allies I know....) Laughing Laughing

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 5:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cawdorthane wrote:
As an independent observer, I think Steve is entirely right and what he advocates is the RAW. If generals move as LC and LC as a unit (what else are they?) get the road bonus, then the answer is clear, aided for a rare change by history, logic and common sense.

That is a reasonable argument for the movement phase. The Recovery phase movement is different to LC so it might not work then.
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