Forming a Block
troops may form blocks to provide greater protection for themselves. A
block can be formed by five or more figures if they are suitably armed.
A block may be formed by troops armed with pike, shot or pike and shot.
block must have at least five figures in two or more ranks. The figures
must be in base to base contact.
may only move at half pace 3”.
Before any figure moves to attack a block of troops it must first pass a
courage test, this represents the figure considering how it is going to
beat a concentrated group of pike points or make it through a hail of
Figures in a block that wish to engage another block add 1 to their
courage and only one test is made for the whole block made on the
highest C present.
Figures armed with Sword and Buckler add 1 to their Courage as they are
armed specifically to take on blocks.
Cavalry figures which pass a courage test may charge a block but will
not gain any cavalry bonuses (+1A or knock down)