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Formation change march column to skirmish

Posted: Mon May 12, 2014 5:23 am
by pugsville
Can it be don win 1 formation change? or must you change to tactical first?

Re: Formation change march column to skirmish

Posted: Mon May 12, 2014 7:27 am
by KeefM
Good question.

On that theme: what about a light infantry unit in square ? Can it go straight from square to skirmisher formation ?

Re: Formation change march column to skirmish

Posted: Tue May 13, 2014 12:11 am
by SirGarnet
Back in the day, I created the following formation change chart in ASCII.

The crossing lines of X's represent two-way arrows.

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/<--------------------------<--------
V                                    ^
SKIR <-------------SQUARE <--------> MC  
^   X                X ^           ^ |
|      X         X     |         /   |
|           X          |       /      |
|       X       X      |     /       |
V   X              X   V  V          /
EXT <-------------->TACTICAL        /  
 ^                               /
  \ <----------------------<---/
This shows that most formations can go into any other permitted formation, but Skirmishers may go only into Extended Line or Tactical, and Extended Lines and Skirmishers may not go directly into March Column.

Maybe someone would like to do up a nice tidy little black and white graphic that can be cut and pasted into the book.

Re: Formation change march column to skirmish

Posted: Tue May 13, 2014 4:46 am
by richafricanus
I don't think the rules cover march column to skirmish.

I would think it should take two formation changes as troops are strung out a long way back and for them to all get forward into a skirmish line would take longer than doing so from tactical.

Re: Formation change march column to skirmish

Posted: Tue May 13, 2014 5:20 am
by SirGarnet
The rules are scattered but simple - you can change formation freely (subject to any needed CMTs) except where it says otherwise, and those exceptions otherwise are why I made the chart as an aide memoire.
richafricanus wrote:I would think it should take two formation changes as troops are strung out a long way back and for them to all get forward into a skirmish line would take longer than doing so from tactical.
But going to skirmish from March Column would not take twice as long as going to Tactical from March Column. It's a matter of drill. That Skirmishers need to form to Tactical or Extended Line first before March Column reflects that it can take considerable time to regroup skirmishers in good order (especially in woods or other disruptive terrain!).