1. As a stand approaches a river at a 45 degree angle does the stand have to conform to the river’s edge crossing parallel to the river side or can it continue across at a 45 degree angle? I thought you can contact the river at a 45 degree angle but you must conform to cross the river since you can’t move down stream.
2. Army A has a SP stand in front edge to front edge contact with army B Blade stand. Army A has an army B PS stand closing the door on its SP stand. Then Army A then moves an AUX stand to close the door on the Army B Blade.
My friend said the army A SP turns to face the army B PS and the Army B blade turns to face the army A Aux.
I say no because the blade and spear are already contacted in combat in front with each other
What do you say?
3. a column of a spear and a ps has the spear contacted legally in the side by a blade and also contacts the PS. I say the spear turns to face the blade with the ps behind it. So they both turn to face the blade.
My friend says the spear turns and the ps backs away.
I do not know where your other post is, so I will answer here. Hope Simon and I agree
1. An element need not cross perpendicular to the river, but continues crossing at the angle it entered. "Troops that enter a river must continue crossing at the same angle to its course as they enter, or divert by the minimum necessary to line up in close combat with an enemy element"
2. The sequence of events here is confusing. First Sp A is in front edge contact with Bd B. Then you write that Army B Psiloi is closing the door on Army A Sp. Then Army A closes the door on Army B blade with Aux.. Whose bound is it anyway? If it is B's bound then the combat between Sp and Blade with the Blade being flanked must be done. Then Army A can move Aux into contact with Blade.
Or do you mean that it is Army A bound, and the Sp is already flanked by Psiloi and fighting B. Perhaps a draw in previous bound. If so, then the Spear and the Blade continue to fight face to face, and each is flanked by Psiloi and Aux respectively. An element in frontal combat does not turn to face an element that flanks it.
3. Your friend is correct if there were 3 elements hit in the flank "If an element so contacts the flanks of two enemy elements, both these turn to face it if the first must, the second moving to behind the first. On the rare occasions that a third element is contacted, it is pushed back (p.9) to make room for the others to turn."