Towards DBA 3.1 Jun 21, 2017 22:36:45 GMT
Post by stevie on Jun 21, 2017 22:36:45 GMT
I think that would work quite well.
It would certainly make the Ax, both 3Ax and 4Ax, survive for a bit longer against heavy foot, especially when combined with the choice of recoiling a base depth or 1 BW during the opponents bound (well…if they are not destroyed outright that is).
But I think you should add Sp to the list as well.
The purpose of peltast tactics was to pelt the enemy with javelins from a distance and if this disrupted the enemy then to chance getting into close combat. This would be just as good or even better against a stationary target that doesn’t like to pursue.
Some people might complain that it smacks of DBMM, but hey, a good idea is still a good idea, no matter the source.
All an outside spectator would see is sometimes the Ax recoil, sometimes they ‘evade’ 1 BW, and sometimes they are destroyed.
I say go for it.
Yes, grading the Spanish and Gauls at Cannae as -1 blades could work…
…although -1 blades would be the same as +1 4Ax, and Ax don’t pursue and get themselves into trouble.
3Ax Thracians and 4Ax Hellenistic thureophoroi used peltast tactics, fighting from a distance until their javelins disrupted their opponents, and attempted to evade (sometimes unsuccessfully) from a heavy infantry charge.
Polybius and Livy are trying to tell us something fundamental about Ax type troops, that they could survive facing legionary blades (at least for a while), and would not melt like butter under a hot knife the way that DBA portrays them.
Some potentially useful player aids can be found here, including the latest June 2017 FAQ and the Quick Reference Sheets from the Society of Ancients:-