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Pikeman's Lament ECW campaign

Started by tony, January 12, 2019, 03:18:21 pm

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Shawn Comer


November 05, 2019, 04:42:56 pm #166 Last Edit: November 05, 2019, 04:44:54 pm by Grahame
An issue came up in the last game about the interaction between gallopers and pikes - this seems to cover the matter and is from the official PL forum - 'Michael' is one of the authors...
.....Pikes in Close Order formation are attacked by enemy Gallopers. Pikes receive two casualties and the Gallopers one; both pass their morale test. My question is which unit must retreat, the Close Ordered Pikes or Attacking enemy Gallopers?
In this case when both units still are in contact after the combat normally the unit that took the most casualties would have to retreat. But in this case the pike unit are in Close Order so the Gallopers will be forced to retreat due to the Close Order special rule: "If an Attack ends with both units still in contact, the enemy must retreat (unless the enemy is also in Close Order) " See Close Order on page 20.
So the Gallopers would retreat
Best regards Michael
So if two close order Pike units fight, the defender gets one casualty and the other (the attacker) two, neither retreat.  Do they immediately fight another round of combat or remain in contact until next round then may either disengage
If they are both in Close Order then it cancels out and the normal rules apply so in your example the Attacker retreats

Andy Miller

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