Movement...phalanx vs. maniple

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Movement...phalanx vs. maniple

Postby Mars Ultor » Tue Mar 03, 2015 2:20 pm

In getting ready for a big Pyrrhic Wars battle (400+ Roman figs), I've been reviewing the rules for phalanx movement to be sure we've got this right. It seems like there is no movement difference or advantage of the maniple over the trained phalanx...the Trained Phalanx rule pretty much cancels out any mobility issues and they are nimble as a normal unit, so it seems. They might have a disadvantage on uneven terrain, but aside from this they are just as mobile. Am I missing something here? I'd always read that the maniple was more maneuverable and cohesive in uneven terrain, more like the advantages that Open Order units get in rough terrain in CoE.

Other than that question, I have to say that I love how maneuvering works in CoE and how hard it is for undisciplined units to maneuver.

Also, does the DL test also apply if the phalanx moves through rough terrain, not just uneven terrain?
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Re: Movement...phalanx vs. maniple

Postby Stuart at GEG » Thu Mar 12, 2015 10:55 am

As far as I gather, the key with the Romans was that they could attack and retire and attack again.

As far as rough terrain goes, a phalanx treats it as impassable!
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