I see there's a debate on BGG about the strength of Light Infantry in melee. I play C&C: Ancients a lot and was surprised that Light Infantry do kill with swords in C&C: Napoleonics. I wonder if anyone has tried a house rule applying the C&C: Ancients rule of no kill with swords for Light Infantry in C&C: Napoleonics? It seems to make sense to me but I am no Napoleonic expert.
When the game first came out this was asked and Napoleonic experts (of which I am not) said that the light infantry were actually the veteran units in the army as they had the training to do the role.
Also they apparently most often actually fought in closed formation.
They definitely are not the same thing as ancients light infantry. And the only pure skirmishing unit - the British Rifles - does have a no sword hits in melee rule so you can see that the designers have thought about this.
For the scale of C&C N I believe that every unit has skirmishers assumed.
Pascal72 told me that light infantry has to be considered as elite troop (very mobile, well trained and equipped and also experienced).
So like Phil said, it can't be compared to Ancients LI in close combat.
I'm not a napoleonic expert too...
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I'm no Napoleonics expert but I do know that the definition of "Light infantry", particuarly for the British, wasn't the level of equipment but the speed at which the unit could march. Light infantry were actually trained to march faster than the rest of the army and hence could be used to move quickly from area to area whne required. In battle they tended to be used as normal infantry but wre considered to be veteran and well trained troops. Given the difference in warfare between the 19th C and the 2nd C BC you defintitely can't make any valid comparison between Light in ancients times and Light in more modern times.