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Subject: The use of the Cossacks rss

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Guillaume Gleize
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The Cossacks seems to be used carefully. In addition to their special missions (keeping a square, holding a victory point etc.) they can also attack but only to finish a very weak unit.

And this unit must be an INF reduced to 1 block if possible. If in square they will have 50% chance of killing it (1 die scoring on 2 INF & 1 FLAG faces). Against INF standing they will have 55% (2 dice scoring on 2 INF faces) plus the extra chances if retreat.

Still quite efficient on 1 block cavalry, artillery or 2 blocks INF, but it’s more a gambling to use them. I mean you risk nothing because they don’t give up VP but you lose the possibility to use them a better way later. Against CAV or ART they only have 30% (2 dice scoring on 1 face) plus the extra chances if retreat. OK let’s go down to 30% but no lower! We should remember that if they fail, they have few chances to survive the opponent turn.

So I think I would use them on 2 blocks INF and 1 block CAV & ART only. And we still imagine they have 2 blocks. If down to 1 block, I’ll save them only to attack the 1 block INF! IMHO.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfkwOj1_RhI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kP8nqre54FQ

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Kevin Duke
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Their best use may be to cut off a retreat route and potentially kill a unit, with no worry about losing them.
 
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Guillaume Gleize
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Good point Marechal Duke!
 
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Carl
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And it would be really nice if the could go 4 hexes in this regard. Given that they are irregulars, rather than a formation, that seems a possibility. Never mind! I have used them effectively in both regards. It's always nice to see them roll 2 inf hits in a headlong charge....
 
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Martin S
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kduke wrote:
Their best use may be to cut off a retreat route and potentially kill a unit, with no worry about losing them.


And of course combat is optional so using them as a retreat block or pinning a square is good.
 
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