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belerephone

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Mounted vs Dismounted cavalry bases
« on: February 20, 2016, 09:36:14 PM »
My mounted cavalry units consist of six bases. When dismounted and deployed would players use 6 bases of dismounted cavalry or something less perhaps?

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Re: Mounted vs Dismounted cavalry bases
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2016, 08:06:21 AM »
Cavalry tends to get short shift in Longstreet, as its primarily an Infantry/Artillery game, which for the most part the Civil War was too!

However, I've always assumed that Page 58 in the Rule Book takes it as read that your 6 bases should be replaced by 6 bases. If you want more detail and the rule (if in fact this is one) is undoubtedly a simplification, one trooper in every four held the horses when cavalry fought dismounted. So in your case you should only have 4.5 stands shooting.

As this is not particularly practical you could round up to 5 or down to 4, which might be closer to the truth if you take officers, buglers, flag bearers and such out of those actually using a carbine!

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Re: Mounted vs Dismounted cavalry bases
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2016, 08:27:20 AM »
Thank you very much - that's very helpful. I think the 6 to 4+1 will work well for me as I like the visual appeal of having a horse handler base.

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Re: Mounted vs Dismounted cavalry bases
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2016, 02:30:39 PM »
We deploy as many dismounted bases as mounted. But we also use horses and holders for visual effect.  The rules are clear that the swap is one to one. I presume the reduction in fighting power for dismounted cavalry in the rules partly reflects the fact that horse holders are out of the firing line. I think it could be over-tough on cavalry to remove bases.

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Re: Mounted vs Dismounted cavalry bases
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2016, 05:18:14 AM »
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I presume the reduction in fighting power for dismounted cavalry in the rules partly reflects the fact that horse holders are out of the firing line.

Yes that could be so. Of course it could also reflect the fact that carbines were out ranged by rifled muskets and in the rules they are both lumped in as "Small Arms" on 6BW, or the fact that cavalry might hold a company as a mounted reserve. Both things for more detailed rule sets I guess.