With the new Epic rules which allow possibly up to 6 units in square at one time, I was wondering if anyone has ever done that. I've played every game now in every expansion at least twice and have never had that many units in square. In most games I would have only 1 or maybe 2 at most in square. I think in all the games I've played there was only one in which I had 4 units in square, and that was not an Epic scenario.
I haven't played any Epic games yet. I have played all the way through the Austrian expansion, with multiple plays of many scenarios (especially in the base game). The most units I have seen in square has been 3, and that was only a couple of times. However, in one of the Austrian scenarios I had the maximum in battalion mass - it was limited to 5 units - and could have put 2 more into battalion mass if it were allowed.
So yes, I haven't had a full complement of units in square so far. Sometimes I do not form square when maybe I should, hoping the opponent doesn't roll too many hits, as I don't want my hand of command cards limited to 2, or because I have a very important card to play on my next turn and I don't want it relegated to the square track. It is a balancing act sometimes.
proyce, why were you limited to only 5 units in battalion mass? I didn't think there was any limit to the number of Austrian Line units you could put in battalion mass? Was it a special rule for the scenario you were playing?
The decision to place units in square can certainly be difficult at times. The one time I had 4 units in square is because my opponent used a cavalry charge but didn't have his infantry far enough up to be a danger yet. If the threat is only from cavalry I will almost always put my units in square. If I'm playing the Austrian I will almost always place my line infantry in battalion mass because you don't have to give up a command card and at 5 blocks in the unit you stand a good chance of outlasting the attacking cavalry.
True, number of units in battalion mass is limited by number of command cards at start of battle. This is one of those cases in which I had forgotten that rule but it never mattered in any of the games I played because we never came close to exceeding that limit. My opponent and I would use our cavalry to attack mainly enemy artillery or cavalry, and if we did attack infantry we would prioritize attacking Grenzers, Grenadiers, or Militia over Line units. And the fact that the Austrians always started with at least 4 command cards made it very improbable that we would ever get more than 4 Line units in battalion mass. But as proyce pointed out the situation is possible, so I'm glad I started this thread to remind me of a rule I had forgotten (even though I never came close to violating it). Thanks. Now back to the original question, has anyone ever had 6 units in square (not battalion mass) at one time?