I'm probably going over old ground here but I can't find anything in the FAQ or threads about this.
Given that some elements can interpentrate while recoiling I caught myself checking between the interpenetration rules on Page 9 and the recoil and pushed back rules on Page 12 and noted that Recoils through allowed elements is straight forward with normal elements, but I was confused when recoiling by or through double elements applies.For example by the rules on Page 9,Ps under option (d) can recoil through any other troops other than other Ps. But by the rules on Page 12 foot can only recoil their base depth or 1/2 BW if this is this is less than its base depth, given that the Ps base depth is 20mm and foot double elements are 30-40mm and mounted are 60 mm what applies here? Is it a case that the Ps cannot recoil due to lack of movement allowance or is it allowed if there is sufficient clear space beyond the double element? Likewise can a double element recoil through a permitted element?A foot element seems to be allowed to recoil its own base depth which doesn't seem to be a problem, but a mounted element is only allowed 1BW or its base depth if this is less than 1BW, when a mounted double element has a base depth of 60mm? Am I missing something or does something else apply?
In HoTT 2.1, page 16 section two (Interpenetration) says:- “When an element’s outcome move is insufficient to clear the base of an element it is passing through, under or over, it is placed in the first large enough unoccupied space beyond. When an element’s tactical move is insufficient to clear the base of an element it is passing through, under or over, it cannot pass.”
So troops making a voluntary Tactical Move only have their speed to clear the base. Troops making an involuntary Combat Outcome Move are placed behind the base (which may mean they exceed their normal recoil distance).
My little group applies the same logic to DBA 3.0...with the extra page 9 provision that:- “If making a tactical move or fleeing, a mounted element can pass through friendly Psiloi, or Psiloi pass through any friends, but in both cases only if there is sufficient clear space beyond (see figure 6b) and enough move to occupy it, and either:- (a) it starts partly directly in front and ends the move lined-up behind, (even if it started unaligned or facing a different direction – see figure 6a) (b) or starts lined-up behind and ends lined-up in front. (Troops leaving a TZ or fleeing must move in a straight line, so can’t deviate to line-up?)”
Involuntary Recoiling in DBA 3.0 also has other limitations, as noted in Interpenetration on page 9. Oh, and in DBA 3.0 you can only recoil through one friendly element:- "...to a clear space immediately behind the first element met (see figure 19d)..." making recoiling through a column impossible.
Last Edit: Jan 5, 2021 12:12:09 GMT by stevie: ...I'm making this sound complicated, but it's really quite easy in practise...