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All-pike units and 1798

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doctorphalanx:
I want to use Maurice for the Irish Rebellion of 1798 in which most of the rebel units were exclusively pike-armed. The pike rules in the book seem to be for mixed pike-and-shot units which are relatively worse when shooting (-1) but better when charging (+1) or when charged by enemy cavalry (+2).

If these units are all-pike then they shouldn't be shooting, but I would like to balance that disadvantage by increasing the factors for charging or being charged by cavalry. That could be +2 and +3 respectively, or perhaps more. Any ideas?

The Irish shot would be represented by a single Irregular Infantry unit. The pikes would be Trained or even Elite as they were extremely tenacious and I would give the army En Masse, a la Baionnette! and Clerics.

Representing the skirmishers and attack columns of the French Revolutionary allies which featured in the later part of the rebellion might be more tricky.

Cincinnatus:
I like to think that the Volley Phase includes a large degree of intimidation and general wavering at the thought of the forthcoming slaughter as well as actual casualties from an exchange of fire.   If you think of Disruption being mainly combat stress and loss of unit cohesion (but also including some casualties), which fits in with the ability to rally a badly disrupted unit back to a 'fresh' state,  then you can justify units armed with few or no firearms causing disruption during the Volley Phase.    I believe that the combination of Pikes, En Masse and a la Baionnette! would adequately reflect blocks of somewhat ferocious troops armed with hand to hand weapons.

Having troops that do not have the opportunity to inflict Disruption during the Volley Phase would be a really bad idea.  Unless there is a huge disparity in quality of the troops involved in the Combat Phase (to allow one side to double their opponents score with any regularity), the most you can do is inflict 2 Disruption during that Phase, not really enough to worry a fresh unit.  In my opinion, the Volley Phase is vital in wearing down an opponent as a prelude to a successful assault.

I'd also be wary of giving effectively untrained units like Irish rebels Elite status.  From my, limited, knowledge of the conflict, the rebels generally lost (and lost badly) and, when they were successful, it was against militia (who would be classed as Conscript) so I would say that most should be rated as Conscript.  Having too many good quality units would really reduce the size of your army which doesn't reflect the relatively large forces of generally poor quality troops the rebels attracted.  If you want to make your army tenacious, I would suggest considering the Rally to the Colours National Advantage but this would get very expensive with the other NAs you're considering, again leaving you with a very small army!

The National Advantages are army-wide abilities and En Masse and a la Baionnette! would certainly be suitable for Revolutionary French allies as well so I agree that using Pikes, En Masse and a la Baionnette! reflects the general character of your army.   Clerics adds a bit of flavour - even though the motivation for the rising was political rather than religious, they could represent firebrands encouraging insurrection - but at the cost of even more units on the table.   

I think that the En Masse, a la Baionnette! combo (possibly with Pikes thrown in) is a good way to represent rebels from any of the uprisings of the period, from Monmouth to the Irish Rebellion.  While the rebels may have been differently armed and fought in different ways, they all relied on a mob getting into hand to hand combat at the end of the day!

fred:
Using En Masse will reducing the shooting effectiveness quite a lot, as only 2 stands per unit can shoot. So between Pikes (-1 to hit) and En Masse only (2 stands shooting) you will do quite badly in the volley phase, so arguing this represents skirmishing and a bit of musket fire is reasonable.

Conscripts, with Pikes and En Masse will have 6 basic combat, the same as regulars, and a la Bayonette will give you a re-roll on the attack. Also En Mass should allow you to gang up to get some 2v1 as well.

Against English with leathal volleys though you will need every advantage to get to hand to hand before being shot to pieces.

Cincinnatus:
Using Conscript troops in Massed formation against anyone with Lethal Volleys is just asking for trouble, as we found out in our re-fight of Culloden http://shrineofsadness.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/culloden-wargame.html.    The disruption inflicted in the Volley Phase will most likely negate any benefit that you get from Pike and Massed in the Combat Phase and put the attackers on the brink of breaking even if they win.  Not that this is unrealistic, just unfortunate if you are the owner of the massed conscripts!

I think the key to success in the Combat Phase for this type of army is to build up a good card hand, being especially careful to stockpile those cards which will give you control of the Volley Phase - Firefight and First Fire in particular.  Your opponent will know that you have to get into close combat to win so is usually quite happy to sit and wait, trading volleys until you break.  So the emphasis is definitely on you to "take it to them", which is quite appropriate for rebel forces that rely more upon zeal than skill.

Nick the Lemming:

--- Quote from: fred on July 13, 2012, 09:20:13 AM ---Using En Masse will reducing the shooting effectiveness quite a lot, as only 2 stands per unit can shoot. So between Pikes (-1 to hit) and En Masse only (2 stands shooting) you will do quite badly in the volley phase, so arguing this represents skirmishing and a bit of musket fire is reasonable.

Conscripts, with Pikes and En Masse will have 6 basic combat, the same as regulars, and a la Bayonette will give you a re-roll on the attack. Also En Mass should allow you to gang up to get some 2v1 as well.

Against English with leathal volleys though you will need every advantage to get to hand to hand before being shot to pieces.

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They'll also be +1 to shoot you too, since you're en masse. Coupled with lethal volleys, that's going to be really horrible, especially if your troops are conscripts.

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