Was this ever discussed in the original testing of DBA 3.0?
If so what reasons were given not to adopt in to the rules?
Perhaps simply because nobody thought of it...
...just as nobody thought of having LH ignoring corner-to-corner overlaps like Psiloi.
I’d like to share some other observations that playtesting has revealed.The Role Of Psiloi
In the old DBA 2.2 days, Psiloi gave rear-support to several other element types.
This led to Ps often being more useful behind the battlelines instead of them being in front,
as if they were 81mm mortars as MedievalThomas
likes to say. This was cured in DBA 3.0
by having Ps ignore corner-to-corner overlaps and removing their rear support ability.
But this had the disadvantage of removing ‘Arrian’s Battle Order Against the Alans’ and
the Late Roman practise of having archers in the rear of their Blade and Auxiliary formations.Shrimplyamazing’s
‘reduced heavy foot with universal rear support’ gives us the best of both worlds.
Now Ps are actually better when they are the front of an infantry column (CF 2+1 for rear support),
and if they recoil they become the rear of that column and give +1 by shooting overhead.(If they flee, that’s good news for the Ps, as they avoid being destroyed, but they’ll run so far back
that they won’t be rear supporting those they fled through...and they’ll be facing the wrong way)
Note that this won’t work with a Pk or Wb column...Ps can flee
through multiple ranks, but as page 9
Interpenetration says: “Recoilers move back to a clear space
immediately behind the first
element met”.Why Have Pikes When You Can Have Spears?
Blade CF 4 +1 for rear support, and Pikes CF 3 +2 for rear support, and Spears CF 3 +1 for side-support
with another +1 for rear support, are all two deep columns with a CF of 5...and Spears don’t pursue.
I don’t see this as a problem, as Spears are CF 4 against mounted (unlike Blades), and Pikes supported
by other Pikes are also CF 4 against mounted with an extra +1 against heavy mounted (i.e. Kn/HCh/SCh/Ele).
Players can still
have their Blades and Spears in a single rank against Pikes if they wish, and fight with a
combat disadvantage against a Pike column, just as they do at present...but they could also fight equally
against the pikes if they too adopt column formations and reduced their battleline to match that of the pikes.
Anyway, Philip II of Macedon and his lad Alex the Great used their phalangite pikemen to pin the the enemy
so that their heavy mounted could deliver the decisive blow, not simply punch through with their pikemen.
And Blades v Pikes were evenly matched historically, with the Blades usually winning rather than losing.
However, these changes will mean that Pikemen are better than they are at present:-
In Rough Going, with no support, Blades will be CF 4 and Spears/Pikes will be CF 3.
In Bad Going, with a -1 as well, Blades will be CF 3 and Spears/Pikes will be CF 2.
So Spears have the advantage of not pursuing but are more vulnerable when they lose their
side-support, and Pikes have the advantage against heavy mounted.
Seems pretty balanced to me.