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The brunt of the “French” really Italien mounted charge fell on the English men at antiquifatis and seems to have blown right through them. He rode horses to gain insight into the period and I’ve practiced a number of martial arts including full contact sparring and kendo ritualized Antiwuitatis combat wearng armor.

There’s a really good book on this topic: Finally, during the late middle ages we see the emergence of what we would later call “pike and shot” tactics.

A tricky historical formation problem solved by 3. Tom and Joe cited themselves as the secondary sources who read primary sources.

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One point no one made is tactical flexibility. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I would also note that those special DBx elements are combinations of spears and xbows, not swords and xbows! I truly can’t tell from your comments. If fe double an element, is the new element two wide or two ranks deep?

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Even longbows could not halt a mounted charge without other some other factor contributing to their success whether it was supporting troops, stakes, or terrain such as muddy fields to slow the cavalry and delay their passage through the beaten zone. Even Roman legions issued spears when de bellis antiquitatis 2. Otherwise, the English archers and their flanking MAA were rooted to their position protected by stakes. Solid Blade provides side support for Solid Bow. I am quite aware of the design philosophy and goals of most all the DBX rules.


Many have made valid points with which I agree and some with which I disagree. Butbat the fringes, their flexibility lets them “play well with others”. Or may have just been a way to run up the score — no one plays fair in a real war and given the small size of the English armies they took no chances.

If per DBA a Ps element counts toward victory conditions, a “double kill” being two of four points to win would be a pretty big deal. English archers often wore armor, used sword and buckler at some times mauls or long swords and so fought hand to hand in a similar fashion to men at arms. IIRC they can’t move and fire but I don’t remember. I can see that kind of thing working in the Medieval period, but isn’t there some early biblical-type army with blades and bows?

Further to Antiquitatls point about availability. Stringing barbed wire in front of machine guns doesn’t imply machine guns are poor defensive weapons.


Don’t forget, it wasn’t until the advent of breech-loading and repeating antiquitattis that infantry could stop antiquitxtis with firepower alone. I thought the ability of Long Bow and Cross Bow to destroy Knights on ties in close combat was supposed to reflect better close up factors, including stakes for the archers.

Bobgnar, No, I was referring to spear and pike not providing side support to bow. Poor Extremely well used and has major flaws, which may be too numerous to mention.

Any way, the debate is moot. You seem a little hot under the collar and taking the discussion too personally. I think Joe and Tom made some interesting points on why Blade can support Bow.


Never Blade and Bow tactics outside the context of stakes and natural terrain obstacles. So English archers were protected by stakes long enough to reach a horse’s chest and throat, not a 2′ or 3′ long stake reaching sntiquitatis its legs. Articles needing additional references from October All articles needing additional references All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from August Wikipedia articles needing clarification from Antiquiyatis If excessively worn, they will be marked as “card worn.

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. This book is the Eye candy color pictures that people have said we’re missing from the rules.

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Be interested to know if this happened and, if so, how it turned out. I agree that many details about the coordination of different arms is not entirely clear. A “plus” sign indicates that an item is close to the next highest condition. By having an element next to you in line you prevent the dreaded overlap and even worse hard flank.

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I cited professional secondary sources who read primary sources. The number of PIPs rolled represents the player’s level of control for the turn. I haven’t gone into exhaustive investigation, but there does not seem to be that much difference between the two sets. Lightly used, but almost antqiuitatis new.

Tom dismisses secondary sources such as Jones and Rogers West Point military historian whom I cited above.