Flanked units falling back

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billS
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Flanked units falling back

Postby billS » Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:15 am

A couple of questions on units fighting to the front and flank.

If a unit loses a combat by 2 or 3, (or by a 4 and pass their break test) after modification, they fall back discouraged.

- which direction do they fall back - straight back or at 45 degrees from both attacking units as if they were fleeing?
- do both attacking units follow up and remain in the same place relative to the retreating unit?

Then, if the correct answer is that they fall back at 45 degrees from the attacking units.

- Does the retreating unit still face in the same direction for instance if its sides are parallel to the baseboard edge, do they remain so or does the unit pivot 45 degrees during the retreat?
- If the retreating unit forms the end of a battle line, and the 45 degree retreat is blocked by their friends in the battle line (who are also in combat) either remaining in place, or falling straight back four inches, what happens to it?

MartinG
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Re: Flanked units falling back

Postby MartinG » Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:20 am

Yes it is a 45 degree fall back with the alignment relative to the table edge remaining the same. If a unit is pushed back into friends who cannot themselves go straight back to get out of the way, then the unit breaks as if pushed onto enemy troops. So in your example the pushed back unit would break. It's tough being flanked.
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billS
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Re: Flanked units falling back

Postby billS » Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:57 am

Thanks Martin, that's how we played it.


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