Rocket Battery (RB)

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Type   Horse
Class Artillery
  Blocks Range / Battledice
  Icon ART3+Icon ART2
 

Icon ART1

 

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3 no battle

2 dice at ranges 2-5

No terrain reduction for target hex

Doesn't need LOS

2 XSW hits the RB itself

no battle if moved 2 dice Target may not ignore any flag result

A Rocket Battery may not perform a combined arms attack.

 

       

 

         
       

 

     

 

 
       

 

         
       

 

         
 

 

 

 

           

 


SPECIAL RULES

  • Map ID code: RB
    Blocks in Unit: 3
    Movement in Hexes: 1 or 2 hexes and no combat
    Battle:
    • An ordered Rocket Battery unit, which does not move, may target an enemy unit 5 or fewer hexes away in any direction.
    • In ranged combat, a Rocket Battery does not require line of sight to target an enemy unit.
    • In ranged combat, terrain does not reduce the number of dice.
    • In ranged combat, a Rocket Battery always rolls 2 dice unless increased by an appropriate Tactician card.
    • In ranged combat, to score a hit on the target unit 2 icons of the target unit must be rolled.
    • In ranged combat, the enemy target unit may not ignore flags rolled against it for any reason.
    • In ranged combat, 2 saber icons rolled will score a hit on the Rocket Battery unit.
    • When targeted in ranged combat, the Rocket Battery takes one hit for each artillery icon rolled.
    • The number of dice a Rocket Battery battles with is not reduced when the unit only has one block.
    • A Rocket Battery may not perform a combined arms attack.
    • In melee a Rocket Battery follows the same rules as a Horse Artillery unit.
    • In melee a Rocket Battery battles with 2 dice.
    Morale: Retreat 1 hex for each flag

    Page link: https://www.commandsandcolors.net/napoleonics/the-game/game-boxes/expansion-5/389-new-units-expansion-5.html

STRATEGY

Aim at targets with long retreat moves

Aim at targets in terrain, especially towns

Setup behind obstacles, e.g Forest, Hills, especially terrain that stops cavalry. Otherwise, setup in good defensive terrain.

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RiverWanderer replied the topic: #6701 4 days 14 hours ago
I have received a clarification from Richard Borg in respect of a couple of my questions above.

RiverWanderer wrote: Card wording on Tactic cards indicates that the bonus dice are not optional ("will" or "shall") but might be worth a query as the Rocket Battery is unique in that more dice = more risk. So, it is the one case where you might want to forego the extra dice but not taking part in the action at all seems like a high price (the cards being, Fire & Hold, Bombard, Leadership and Elan).


Richard's response:
"A player can indeed not take bonus dice, but it is an all or nothing decision. You can't choose to take only some bonus dice, you must take all or disregard all."

RiverWanderer wrote: I think that Leader Checks don't apply to this special loss because it is not part of the normal "apply hits" part of the combat sequence.


Richard's response:
"Instead of making an exception for an attached leader to a Rocket Battery [...] the block loss will cause a leader casualty check."
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RiverWanderer replied the topic: #6677 3 weeks 1 day ago
Strategy advice ... adding to "Aim at targets with long retreat moves",

Flags can't be ignored*
- aim at targets with blocked retreat paths
- aim at key targets that you want to knock out of position, especially slow moving ones like Foot Artillery

Rocket battery takes a hit on double XSW in Ranged combat:
- consider carefully if you really want to use bonus dice from Tactic or Tactician Cards for Rocket Battery**


And yes, Göhrde is the only official scenario. I wonder if there are any other battles in the Leipzig campaign where the Rocket Battery featured significantly enough to get into a scenario? Fingers crossed to see Whinyates' battery incorporated into the Extended LGB scenario when expansion 7 comes out, if only for flavour rather than significance in the battle.


*As I understand, even the TC card Hold The Line Leader is no help because of the fatal words in the Rocket Battery rules "target unit may not ignore flags rolled against it for any reason".

**Card wording on Tactic cards indicates that the bonus dice are not optional ("will" or "shall") but might be worth a query as the Rocket Battery is unique in that more dice = more risk. So, it is the one case where you might want to forego the extra dice but not taking part in the action at all seems like a high price (the cards being, Fire & Hold, Bombard, Leadership and Elan). Perhaps for simplicity, the risk has to be borne but does it need to be clarified whether 4 x XSW would be 2 hits on the Rocket Battery, or if 1 is the max? Finally, I think that Leader Checks don't apply to this special loss because it is not part of the normal "apply hits" part of the combat sequence. Interested to hear what others think on these points.
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Mark-McG replied the topic: #6676 3 weeks 1 day ago
I've updated this chart, and added a few obvious Strategy points
STRATEGY
Aim at targets with long retreat moves
Aim at targets in terrain, especially towns
Setup behind obstacles, e.g Forest, Hills, especially terrain that stops cavalry. Otherwise, setup in good defensive terrain.

these seem quite comparable to Artillery in Memoir'44, so if anyone has Strategy insights for this rarely used unit, please add here.

Similarly, if anyone has battles that Rocket Batteries were used, please give a list. Think Göhrde is the only official scenario.
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RiverWanderer replied the topic: #6675 3 weeks 1 day ago
To clarify: "2 XSW hits the RB itself" applies to Ranged Combat only.

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