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Subject: + symbol on battle die rss

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Jason St.Just
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Hi there Eutychides, good and interesting question.

The '+' is a simulation of the Scots Greys frenzied gallop downhill towards Napoleon's artillery during the battle of Waterloo - and something that happened regularly during the Napoleonic Wars. Did Wellington not complain that his cavalry was too wild and difficult to control?

If there is NO adjacent piece from the direction the attack took place then the frenzy or '+' cannot take place.
(it is difficult to imagine a British infantry brigade on the ridge of Mont Saint Jean running down in a frenzy beyond La Belle Alliance after a succesful attack...;-))

Now why attack a piece of its own?
This was added as a rule in order to simulate the casualties sometimes made due to friendly fire/charge during the Napoleonic Wars such as the French troops firing on their Saxon allies at Wagram...or the French firing on their Swiss allies in the Peninsula thinking that they were redcoats ;-)

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Jason






 
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Here a few examples:

French cuirassier of 4 is about to charge towards Mont St.Jean...


He attacks the first British piece, which is a KGL/British infantry of 3...


The French cuirassier of 4 defeats the KGL/British infantry but get's a weakened token...the French cuirassier of 3 decides to continue the attack!


In his 2nd attack, the French cuirassier meets up with another KGL/British infantry of 3...the French cuirassier and Allied infantry now have the same strenght and thus, the battle die is rolled by the attacker !

A Red '+' is rolled...

No luck for the French cuirassier! The KGL/British infantry of 3 has put itself into a square formation and has beaten the French cuirassier who is taken off the board.
The KGL/British infantry of 3, drunk with victory, now moves forward in a frenzy because a '+' has been rolled!

But there is nothing that the KGL/British infantry can attack from the direction that the enemy cavalry charged, so...the frenzied attack loses momentum and does not take place!
 
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And now an example of 'friendly fire'...

2000 French infantry of the line move in support of their comrades on the Anglo-Allied left...

...and they viciously attack the red infantry piece in front of them!

The red piece turns out to be a KGL/British infantry of 3. Since both pieces have a strength of 3, the battle die is rolled:


A blue '+' is rolled. The KGL/British infantry is destroyed by the French fire followed by a ferocious attack with the bayonet. The KGL/British infantry is taken off the board.

Since a + has been rolled, the French continue their attack and charge after the fleeing KGL/British infantry amidst the cries and smoke...

...but unfortunately stumble upon their own light cavalry! The French Chasseurs a Cheval of 2 are completely overwhelmed and before the French infantry realize what is happening, their cavalry has been shot to pieces and leave the field of battle...
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