pike block

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pike block

Postby REX » Thu Aug 24, 2017 12:54 pm

reading my Medieval army book. I notice on page 7" a massed pike formation remains such so long as it contains a minimum of 6 bases and as least as many bases deep as wide" does this mean a default pike block would be 3x3 and bs of 36 ? any thoughts?

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Re: pike block

Postby MartinG » Sun Aug 27, 2017 1:05 pm

That sounds right. A minimum of six bases 2 wide and 3 deep.
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Re: pike block

Postby Andyjp » Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:14 pm

As a unit needs to be 3 bases wide to count as close order for combat bonuses, a 9 base unit wold seem to be the practical size in a 3 by 3 formation. Loose one base and you loose the mass pike rule? Or change the formation and loose the close order rule. So perhaps 10 bases per unit 3 bases wide so that you can at least take one casualty before being penalised.

My guess is we won’t be seeming many masses pike units used
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Re: pike block

Postby REX » Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:37 pm

oops!!!!!!!!

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Re: pike block

Postby Xarepunk » Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:43 am

Sorry, Andy, but that's not quite correct. There are two points to consider:

1. According to the rulebook, the rear rank also counts as complete with 2 bases, so you could loose one base in a 3x3 formation and still claim the close order bonus.
2. When charging over 4" with a Massed Pike block, you do not get the close order bonus (in 1st round) anyway, so at least for aggressive Swiss and Landsknechts this not such a problematic issue.

Despite this, I also think the Massed Pike rule should see some further playtesting and revision.


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