Cavalry in M&B

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seelowe41
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Cavalry in M&B

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Morning chaps, just finished my first Cavalry unit for the RJW project, any suggestions on how best to use them on the battlefield?
Cover the flanks?, terrain grab or hold back for to plug a gap or exploit any breaks?

http://dusttears.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11 ... valry.html

We are not talking wall to wall entanglements just yet, so there should be some room for maneuver.

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Stu
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Re: Cavalry in M&B

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Hi Stu,

From memory, they are very vulnerable to fire, so keeping them on reserve on blinds to exploit an opportunity is most likely the best approach. Covering the flanks is likely to get them killed once they are spotted (if they are on the table, then they are too close in anyway for this role). Grabbing terrain would work, if they dismounted to hold it as infantry once there. Plugging gaps would also work if they used their speed to get there first, but they would, I think, mostly want to dismount to hold after that (unless it was other cavalry they were trying to stop!).

The basic problem, I think, is that the ranges in M&B are too close for cavalry vs. infantry in most cases. They should either be (rarely) charging from the offset, or dismounted off table and advancing as infantry. To really use them as cavalry, you probably want to design scenarios around that (cavalry patrols meeting, cavalry skirmishing on the flanks of a larger battle, cavalry attempting to pursue a retreating enemy force, etc.), rather than just add them to an infantry force in a predominantly infantry fight...

Cheers,
Jim

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Re: Cavalry in M&B

Post by seelowe41 »

Thanks Jim. To be honest I had not thought about keeping back on blinds to protect them from enemy fire. historically we have used blinds to get to grips early on rather being held back, the next scenario is a recon type affair so that would certainlt work.
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