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Skirmishing Cavalry movement

Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:20 am
by billS
Skirmishing bow armed cavalry are often moved as a single column of bases, but given the size of the bases they cover a large chunk of real estate. Can the bases "snake" around obstacles and along baseboard edges (potentially finishing a move with the unit forming a curve)?

Re: Skirmishing Cavalry movement

Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:17 am
by MartinG
No, a unit must always have all its bases fully touching so can't be set up in a curve. Remember that all the movement rules still apply to skirmishers, they simply don't get movement penalties unless they change their formation.

Re: Skirmishing Cavalry movement

Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:20 am
by billS
So presumably if obeying that rule means that the back of the unit would need to hang off the table edge, then they must leave the table?

Re: Skirmishing Cavalry movement

Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:39 pm
by MartinG
If you mean when evading, they are allowed to change their direction by the minimum necessary to stay on the table.

Re: Skirmishing Cavalry movement

Posted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:59 am
by billS
ok thanks

Re: Skirmishing Cavalry movement

Posted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:28 pm
by k_p
I am struggling with columns of light horse.
Tried using them for the first time.
Formed in a column great for shooting (although very gamey) but to manoeuvre yourself out of a corner they are hopeless.
So you end up with light horse columns shooting through gaps in the main battle line and leaving the flanks to the cavalry.
Think I scrub that Mongol army off my Christmas list.

Re: Skirmishing Cavalry movement

Posted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:34 am
by MartinG
Can't really comment without watching a game, but haven't found this problem. Most times the way out of a corner is to evade a charge? Remember skirmishing horse shoot out of any face. You don't have to form in a column, and could try 5 bases instead of 6?