I have been doing some thinking about the section of the rules that deal with Close Combat, and have done some minor but important re-drafting. It now reads as follows:
CLOSE COMBATThe changes ensure that:
- If opposing Units are in orthogonally adjacent grid squares, they are in Close Combat Range.
- A Unit cannot move past an enemy Unit within Close Combat Range without engaging in Close Combat.
- If a Unit is blocked part way through its movement by a Close Combat situation, it cannot move any further.
- Close Combat is conducted after an activated Unit has done everything else (i.e. moved and/or fired); it can never take place at any other point during a Unit’s activation.
- The Unit that is initiating the Close Combat is the Attacker; the Unit they are attacking is the Defender.
- To determine if the Close Combat has been effective, the Attacker rolls a D6 die for his Unit and at the same time the Defender rolls a different coloured D6 die for his Unit; the D6 die roll scores are compared with the relevant rows in the ‘Die scores required to hit an enemy Unit’ column in the Close Combat section of the Unit Data Table.
- If the Attacker is facing the rear or flank of the Defender, the Defender’s D6 die roll score is reduced by 1.
- A Unit that is hit reduces its Strength Value by 1.
- In addition, the side with the lower die roll score must retreat 1 grid square immediately, and if they are unable to do so, they automatically reduce their Strength Value by a further 1.
- If both the Attacker’s and the Defender’s die roll scores are equal, the Close Combat immediately continues for a further round (or – if necessary – rounds) until the Attacker or the Defender prevails (i.e. one side is completely destroyed or is forced to retreat).
- The Close Combat mechanism takes into account the advantage an Attacker would enjoy if they attack an enemy Unit in the flank or rear and
- There is a definite result to each Close Combat (i.e. one side loses and is forced to retreat or stands fast but suffers greater casualties or is totally destroyed).