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I'm currently going through the scenarios for GTC at the moment as I await the new releases. Such a great game and a difficult situation for both commanders.

Having read 'Lincoln's Lieutenants' by Stephen Sears and Joseph Wheelan's 'Bloody Spring' quite recently however, I was struck by how common and quickly breastworks were built by the soldiers. I was lucky enough to visit the Wilderness battlefield a few years ago and remember the guides explaining that it was almost automatic for the soldiers to start digging as soon as they stopped marching.

In 'Strike them a Blow', the CWB series, there's a special breastworks rule for this stage of the war; after two full turns (1 hour gametime) doing nothing or on defensive orders, a unit will automatically gain a breastworks marker. So...

Should breastworks be a little easier to build in GTC? One fatigue to build breastworks maybe? Skip the Abatis stage?


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If you factor in a rudimentary time division for Fatigues, dividing a day by four possible activation means about 6 hours. I think the concept here is 'hastily prepared' defense works. Abatis gives a good representation because it requires felling trees and stacking logs/debris/etc. Breastworks and trenching,however, require a significant amount of engineering prep to make them more than just 'linear holes in the ground'.

For the 1864 rules, getting to add a step per activation is quite generous I think. Figure 2-3 activation to get through 12-18 hours of digging to make a cohesive and defensible series of Breastworks.

Or, you can keep them at F0 and it is presumed to jump directly to complete, IIRC. (Unlike the Build-Complete state in 1863 optional rules)

I like that you have the flexibility to create ad hoc defense works via activation, but I think they currently simulate the arduous steps needed to complete them pretty well as is.
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I also agree with Patrick - GCACW uses many types of fieldworks and it is pretty easy to build the rudimentary ones, harder to build the better ones. The type that a regiment or brigade would automatically build would be more on the rudimentary side, which is more aptly "Abatis" in GCACW. Breastworks and Forts are meant to represent a series of inter-connected more significant defensive works - realistically not buildable after marching all day. Unless I am misunderstanding something thematically, which is entirely possible.
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I think you're right, jumping straight to x2 and then x3 with still time to march 10 miles is a bit too much. I do like the option to entrench in the activation phase. Though i do consequently move like a turtle - slow and quick to cover up...

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