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POLL: Legionaries in WAB: Broken?


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Monophthalmus Inactive Member writes:

Case in point – played an 'out of period' game last weekend for fun. Alexandrian Macedonians versus EIR's. Alexander at the head of 9 Companions in wedge bounced off and ultimately got wiped out by a 16 strong unit of Legionarries arrayed 4x4; Much mirth ensued with crys of 'Alexander the Mediochre' ringing round the room. Not my most glorious encounter :-(
If Alexander can't break a single cohort in a frontal assault, what chance for warbands???


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
yes - WAB doesn't handle legionaries properly
74
36%
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no - the system works fine
47
23%
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abstain
86
42%
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POLL DESCRIPTION

Writing in Slingshot magazine, Adrian Goldsworthy observes:

Legionaries are effective troops in WAB, but I have long been dissatisfied with just how this is achieved. In the system, infantry units can claim a bonus of up to +3 on combat resolution for each rank after the first. This does mean that many players will always try to deploy their infantry units in at least four ranks...

...there is something distinctly odd when it makes sense to deploy Roman legionaries in the same depth as pikemen or a tribal warband. The legionaries - and indeed auxiliary infantry - would in reality have deployed in shallower lines, but there is little to encourage this.

Do you consider Roman legionaries to work improperly under WAB rules?