Playing Black Powder the other night I left a town in the centre of our lines with no one in it: My brain said obsticle, though we had not designated it as such. This was almost our undoing. However built up areas – ven if just a collection of wattle and daub houses do obstruct an army. What do people think of these compromise rules. They are designed so you don’t have to represent individual houses and roads.
Represent the town with a template. It can have buildings on but these are for show – move them around to allow the troops to move! If a specific piece of open ground is desired this can be marked – town rules do not apply for units on it.
Units can only enter a town/village in ‘Assault column’ (even if in a period where not normally used). Rules for assault columns are used as normal.
No change to command rules except blunders happen on a 11 as well (in a village or town its easier to get disorientated, as you can’t see the rest of the battle field, so not appreicate that the road curves, or you take a wrong turning).
A unit can take up residence in buildings – place in a ‘square’ style formation to show this, the unit uses the rules in the book for buildings (not squares).
Maximum fire range in a town is 6″.
Units outside of buildings (ie in Column) do not get the benefit of cover if fired at by other units in the town.
A Line Infantry may deploy into line at the edge of a town. It does NOT get cover unless the settlement has be designated as providing it on that edge before the game. A unit may enter buildings at the edge of town, so it can fire out. Infantry in skirmish order DOES count cover.
Shooting into towns from outside has a maximum line of site of 3″ from the edge. In this case columns DO get cover.