Sunday, 7 October 2012


Cannot really see  how pikes - 1/4 to 1/ 3 of companies - could have been massed at centre of a battalion. Any cavalry charge coul dnot be met with pikes. Outer musketeers had a long way to run to gain safety of the pikes. Also, in attack the pikes woul dtake a lot of fire without possibility for reply and they may break through independently of the musketeers.. problematic for command and control.

Distributed companies would, on the other hand, give extra umph to charges all along the line and break up any charging cavalry who would presumably have to avoid the islands of pikes.

So I will base 6 men on each 60mm front with 4 musketeers an d2 pikemen in two ranks.

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