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Something cropped up in our last game which I'm appreciate some thoughts on.
Prussian infantry within charge range (10cm) of Saxon artillery. They've been taking cannister fire for a couple of moves but the Prussians declare a charge.
On the way in, they take fire from the Defenders (the artillery). The artillery roll a 1, long range fire. It all seems straightforward to me. The guns fire as effectively as at long range.
However, my opponents didn't agree with that. I rationalised it as the charge is launched early in the turn sequence, than usual firing phase, so perhaps the guns weren't loaded properly yet for enough to fire as if at cannister range.
My chums argued that perhaps the defenders fire only should really apply to units other than artillery (? Nah ). They said it seemed quite unreasonable to make artillery fire as if at long range when they'd been blasting away with cannister for two moves previous.
I said though that its all about being caught on the hop before they were ready to fire and that being forced to fire as if at long range is just a way of saying that any fire was a bit ragged and haphazard due to being caught before ready.
Artillery seems very powerful as it is without assuming that any defending fire from them should always be cannister.
I think the rules are fairly clear but gave way due to several opponents disagreeing with me and allowed them to fire at cannister range. The attacking Prussians took three hits, failed to charge and legged it as they were then on over 50% casualties.
What do others think?
You can see the incident in the left rearground in the picture below as 2/Kanitz Inf Regt launches their assault against a single Saxon gun model.
[It was all very nice natured and all that. I don't want to give the impression it was heated. We are gentlemen sirs ]