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Marc at work08 May 2018 4:56 a.m. PST

I have posted this in FB but, appreciating not everyone uses FB, I thought I would duplicate.

Can anyone tell me what difference there is, in the rules, between a cavalry line formed in a single rank of models, and that formed two models deep (beyond visually I mean)?

When we play Naps, often people form a two deep cavalry line, that has no actual impact on the rules (with both ranks fighting). So i want to see what happens in Gd'A.



Jabba Miles08 May 2018 5:06 a.m. PST

Sorry, don't know about Gd'A but in Black Powder that would be, I believe, "Cavalry Deep Formation" and gives a bonus to movement order and combat resolution but negatively effects the Hand-to-Hand value and resistance to artillery fire.

khanscom08 May 2018 7:46 a.m. PST

Regardless of rules in use, units on a narrower front should wheel more handily; if in dense terrain there should be less chance of the flankers getting tangled in bad going.

Personal logo McLaddie Supporting Member of TMP08 May 2018 10:14 a.m. PST

For *most* nations *most* of the time, cavalry during the era formed in two ranks, so regardless of the visual appeal, the front of the formation does matter tactically.

Marc the plastics fan08 May 2018 1:01 p.m. PST

Any users of the Gd'A rules though please?

Sharpe5208 May 2018 1:15 p.m. PST

According to the rules you should base cavalry in a single rank (with different number of figures per base).
As far as formations are concerned you can deploy wether in line or in column.
It seems there are no other options.

Marc the plastics fan08 May 2018 10:07 p.m. PST

Hi Marco. There is an option to deploy the line in one or two ranks. Hence my question as to what difference it makes. Otherwise players tend to always form two deep cavalry lines as they are less unwieldy that way. Thanks

John Edmundson09 May 2018 1:02 a.m. PST

I haven't played Gd'A but I have just reread the relevant bit of the rules. I can't see any advantage in being in a single line since combat is decided by formation, not by base or figure.

There are advantages in being in two ranks however.

It seems to be a slight problem with the rules but not really a game breaker I would have thought.


David Brown09 May 2018 1:18 a.m. PST


Take a look at the Charge modifiers Formation, (p46-47).

If you form in double line or column, an opponent with his cavalry in a single line (of models), may potentially more than double your frontage, so you'll incur a disadvantage in the charge itself, due to your narrower formation. But there's no benefit once in melee combat.

Hope that helps.


Marc at work09 May 2018 5:18 a.m. PST

Excellent – from the horses mouth as it were, or the oracle as that sounds much nicer.

So a player can choose, but against cavalry will be disadvantaged.

many thanks


Churlish Inactive Member15 May 2018 3:27 p.m. PST

In the rules amendments a large cavalry regiment may also gain an additional support reroll if in double line! They would also qualify for an extra CD in melee against a small unit in melee.

@David Brown: I relatively recently picked up D'Armee, I have really enjoyed it and appreciate your ongoing support of the community. Thank you, and great work!

Marc at work16 May 2018 4:48 a.m. PST

Churl – +1 there for DBs support of the rules – really quick answers on line, which is much appreciated.

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