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Subject: Section (L.Flank/Centre/R.Flank) sizes rss

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Does anyone know the sizes of the sections in hexes? - Ancients and Napoleonics were different, the latter having a wider centre.

I know the board for Medieval is deeper in terms of number of hex rows but haven't seen anything about the sections.
 
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domus_ludorum wrote:
Does anyone know the sizes of the sections in hexes? - Ancients and Napoleonics were different, the latter having a wider centre.

I know the board for Medieval is deeper in terms of number of hex rows but haven't seen anything about the sections.

It is hard to tell if Richard is designing the boards with the period in mind or just doing what he did in the previous game with slight tweaks. The board sizes seemed to be grouped into when they were published. From the beginning it was 9 x 13 being in use from 2000 to 2011. During that time, it was always 4/5/4 for the section with the exception of Ancients and BattleLore going 4.5/4/4.5.

From 2012 on, the board has been "squared" up a bit and has been 11 deep x 12 wide. The exceptions being BattleLore 2nd edition doing only 9 deep while Tricorne went back to the traditional 13 wide.

If Medieval is also 11 deep, sounds like it might copy Tricorne and stick with 13 wide, probably doing 4.5/4/4.5 again. Not only does this copy what was most recently published, but it matches the era most closely with Ancients and BattleLore (the original medieval version) with the same section sizes.
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I thought the 13 x 11 was a definite, based on the GMT game page.




 
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domus_ludorum wrote:
I thought the 13 x 11 was a definite, based on the GMT game page.

I was trying to find that - I see that now. So definitely 11 x 13. I still believe 4.5/4/4.5.
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The board has the same hex/flank counts as Tricorne (13x11, 4.5/4/4.5):


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Edit: Updated image.

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whilst the width of section might seem disproportioned, if you count hexes in each section, (counting the hexes split by the section border twice), there is 50 hexes in each section. This makes the Command Deck easier to balance I expect.
 
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Thanks for that 'Earache' and a useful link - exactly what I needed. I'm doing a custom neoprene mat which I was wanting to be able to use for Ancients/Napoleonics/Medieval......I can see there are a couple of graphical challenges in that but I think I can see a way through.
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ColtsFan76 wrote:
During that time, it was always 4/5/4 for the section with the exception of Ancients and BattleLore going 4.5/4/4.5.

The narrower center in Ancients reflected the importance of flanks in that era, that most of the time decided the battles, and was at the same time a way to give room to the more mobile units that were deployed on the flanks, and to allow flanking maneuvers.

At some point flanks lost this relative importance, but since RB decided to keep that feature up to BattleLore, it would be reasonable to say that he will keep it for CCM (earlier Medieval) too.
 
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