Michael Ward wrote:
1. A lone leader with only gunners left is eliminated in a field battle. What happens to his gunners? Do they evaporate when their leader is removed? Or do they remain in the province, possibly to be claimed later if a new leader shows up.
2. Similar question. A leader with only gunners is eliminated in battle. But there is a leader of his side left at the end of the battle. Do the gunners still go away? Or do they remain, possibly to be claimed by the surviving leader in a later phase that turn?
You've misunderstood a basic rule. Leaders are *NEVER* eliminated in battle until (a) all the troops, gunners included, in their "stack" are eliminated first, and (b) they take an additional loss which eliminates the intrinsic troop strength represented by their counter.
So no gunners ever survive a leader in battle.
Now when leaders die of natural causes ... that's another story