I was putting together a scenario based on the book 'Redcoat's Revenge' and I realized something was missing...ROCKETS! Yes, Mr. Congreves toys that are a delight and a terror to friend and foe alike. Making the images was easy and luckily I had some extra blocks left over (resize the image to 2cm x 2.6 cm). Next came the creation of rules that made sense. The main ideas were that there were fairly mobile (Royal Horse Artillery) and that they rarely caused casualties. It seems their effect in battle was mainly to shake morale and unnerve enemy formations. So, here are my rules for use:
2 blocks per unit.
1 die per block.
Only FLAG results are counted. Moves as horse artillery - one or two hexes. Fires as foot artillery - either move OR fire with same range as foot artillery.
So, rockets will rarely cause any damage unless units are unable to retreat and thus lose blocks. The above rules also provide more reason to provide support for units. I deemed it too awkward to provide rules for affecting ones own troops. Comments are very welcome.
These rockets looks too poewrfool for its time
I havent heared if it had some influence on any battle, its like bombards near Grunwald - yes, they were on the battlefield, even made one or two shots each, nobody knows for sure, but one thing is absolutely clear - there was no influence in the course of combat
Actually, in playtesting and in an actual game, I found that rockets, even when used, were pretty much useless. The chance of getting any hits is slim to none. The only damage was causing an artillery unit to retreat when it had it's path blocked. Only one block out of the three was lost. Hardly a powerful weapon. I see the unit only used in fairly small battles (skirmishes really) as they would be 'lost' in any large conflicts: i.e. Waterloo or Leipzig.
The only change I made to my rules was allowing their fire as with horse artillery; move one hex and fire or two hexes and no fire. Other than that, ordinary artillery rules apply to use and terrain. Oh, and cavalry cannot ignore flag results ond rockets cannot provide combined arms support.
There is no man more pusillanimous than I when I am planning a campaign. I purposely exaggerate all the dangers and all the calamities that the circumstances make possible. I am in a thoroughly painful state of agitation. This does not keep me from looking quite serene in front of my entourage; I am like an unmarried girl laboring with child. Once I have made up my mind, everything is forgotten except what leads to success.~Napoleon