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AICUSV05 Feb 2020 7:37 a.m. PST

I posted a question about SP2's 8 man per unit organization last night and now it's gone.

Well guess i'll try again. Is there a correlation between units sizes in the game and historical organization? Is there a man to casting ratio? What does the 8 man unit represent?

Forgive me if these questions are covered in the rule, butI'm waiting on my copy to arrive. I have the figures and trying to see if I need to fill any gaps.

setsuko05 Feb 2020 7:57 a.m. PST

There's no cut in stone definition. You can pretty much choose, depending on what you use your leaders as. One player might imagine a group to be a company, or four groups in a formation to be a company, or that you have a 1:1 ratio and your entire force is just a small scouting force.

Personally I usually think that a formation of 2-4 groups is about a company. Then I let a captain or lieutenant lead each formation, often aided by a lower status level leader which I use a corporal or sergeant to represent. Then the highest status leader might be a chef de batallion, leading the entire force. But keep in mind that there's no hard link here between the in-game status level and a specific rank, only that a lower status level leader can't order around a formation led by a higher status level leader.

So that's just one way to do it, the leader of your entire force might just as well be a veteran sergeant, and each group simply being eight men. It's pretty much up to you and your opponent.

JimDuncanUK05 Feb 2020 8:28 a.m. PST

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advocate05 Feb 2020 11:19 a.m. PST

AsSetsuko says, typically you would have 2-4 groups of a given troop type, so calling that a company seems reasonable. That would suggest a figure to man ratio of 1:2 or 1:3.

AICUSV05 Feb 2020 11:12 p.m. PST

Thank you

Basha Felika09 Feb 2020 1:50 p.m. PST

As indicated, the introduction to the rules suggests anything from 1:1 to 1:5 but that's only a guide – with a few compromises, each Group of 8 can be used to represent a single company at approx 1:10

Basha Felika09 Feb 2020 1:55 p.m. PST

Just as a follow up to Setsuko's comment: Status is a reflection of ability and experience rather than rank. It's quite possible to have a status I Officer (newly graduated Lieutenant straight out of Sandhurst/West Point) giving orders to a Formation that also includes a status III Sergeant (grizzled veteran who has seen and done it all). Actual rank supersedes Status in these conditions.

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