later polish town militia xbow and spear

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later polish town militia xbow and spear

Post by player » Sun Jun 21, 2020 10:34 am

I fielded this unit of 6 bases which is front rank defensive spear and back rank xbow of 3 bases each (can only have in units of 6). When it comes to shooting the xbow, it only gets 1 dice (1 per two) and so is effectively useless on its own. It this correct or should there be 1 per base as they count as front rank?

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Re: later polish town militia xbow and spear

Post by paullongmore » Sun Jun 21, 2020 12:20 pm

When the front rank doesn't have a missile weapon and the rear does the rear rank counts as the front rank when determining the number of dice (p89).
Hence the three rear rank xbow bases will shoot with 3 dice at up to 4 inches and with one dice between 4 and 6 inches.

The big bonus for such troops is that at v3 the bonus for a spear at impact is for a 2nd rank of battle troops whereas previously it was only for a 2nd rank of spears.
When compared to a unit of 2 ranks of spears as well as being able to shoot they are better at impact as they get support shooting from the rear rank. In melee they are down a POA.
Therefore, they are particularly good vs mounted as these are likely to bounce off.

Finally the Town militia in the Later Polish list has bases per BG as 6-8 so you can either have 3 or 4 crossbows. (pg95 of Army list 3)

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Re: later polish town militia xbow and spear

Post by paullongmore » Sun Jun 21, 2020 12:20 pm

When the front rank doesn't have a missile weapon and the rear does the rear rank counts as the front rank when determining the number of dice (p89).
Hence the three rear rank xbow bases will shoot with 3 dice at up to 4 inches and with one dice between 4 and 6 inches.

The big bonus for such troops is that at v3 the bonus for a spear at impact is for a 2nd rank of battle troops whereas previously it was only for a 2nd rank of spears.
When compared to a unit of 2 ranks of spears as well as being able to shoot they are better at impact as they get support shooting from the rear rank. In melee they are down a POA.
Therefore, they are particularly good vs mounted as these are likely to bounce off.

Finally the Town militia in the Later Polish list has bases per BG as 6-8 so you can either have 3 or 4 crossbows. (pg95 of Army list 3)

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