Light Spear for DBA = Sp(L)

16 December, 2009

Given the strangeness of the North Welsh having 3/4 of their army unable to operate in bad going (BGo), which is especially severe as their terrain type is ‘Hilly’, forcing them to lay down steep hills, I decided, after discussion on Fanaticus, to trial a new troop type for the King Magnus’ War campaign. It’s called Light Spear = Sp(L)

It is basically Spear with two differences: -1 vs. foot and no BGo penalty. As far as what is written in the rules, the following additions are needed:

  • Apart from the two following exceptions, all references to Spear includes Light Spear (Light Spear moves as Spear, gets rear support as Spear and has the same Combat Outcomes as Spear.
  • Combat Factors: as Pikes (Knights, Pikes, Light Spear or War Wagons).
  • Tactical Factors: -2: If any but Auxilia, Light Spear, Bow, Warband or Psiloi and in close combat in, … bad going …

The effects of this are that Sp(L) can make use of BGo, making them able to face cavalry in both GGo and BGo. The downgrading against foot has a number of repercussions: they can no longer face Sp in the open on equal terms, but they can meet them at superior odds in BGo; they meet Bd in BGo at equal odds, but they would be fairly nervous against Wb. Otherwise Bw and Ps are more of a threat (and I think that’s quite reasonable with Bw).

All 3Sp in the King Magnus’ War campaign will be Sp(L), which will affect the Pre-feudal Scots as well.

This is also now on Fanaticus at:

http://www.fanaticus.org/DBA/variants/LightSpear.html

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2 Responses to “Light Spear for DBA = Sp(L)”

  1. Robin Sutton Says:

    Mark

    Love to hear how they go.
    Cheers
    Robin

    • Mark Davies Says:

      I’m keen to see how they go too. I expect it will make the Welsh and the Scots behave quite differently, more as you’d expect them to historically, I hope.


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