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Post by wombatdazzler Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:52 am

7.6.1
It is unclear what happens if a unit cannot retreat its full distance because of Impassible Terrain, Table Edge, Enemy Unit etc.

Does it go back as far as it can and then stop or is it routed?

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Post by RogerC Sun Oct 15, 2017 2:28 pm

Rules 7.6.1 says that a unit which cannot ‘even start its retreat’ is routed. By implication, a unit which can start it’s retreat isn’t automatically routed. So I believe a unit which cannot complete it’s full retreat distance stops when it reaches the obstruction (enemy unit, impassible etc.). What happens next depends on whether there is a successful pursuit, as the unit can’t retreat further if there is another combat

We had this when a retreating unit ‘backed’ into a unit of S. In BI2, the S are not dispersed, so the retreat stopped. If the victorious unit successfully pursued, there would be another melee with the S as support. If the pursuit failed, the S would be the main unit. In either case, if the unit which retreated got beaten again, it would rout.

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Post by Sun of York Tue May 26, 2020 10:03 am

This situation arose in a game I played today. The blocking unit was skirmishers that were engaged in combat. It seemed a bit severe to eliminate the large unit and we settled to push the skirmishers back, their opponents following them up. Did we do right or should the unit have been destroyed?

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Post by dadiepiombo Fri May 29, 2020 1:22 pm

If you cannot start the retreat then the retreating Unit is destroyed. In that case the supporting Legionary Unit must retreat and as it cannot start its retreat, it is destroyed. It may seem a bit odd but with some more experience you harly will find in that situation, probably next time you will allow your S to evade.
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Post by Sun of York Sat May 30, 2020 7:34 am

Thanks.  It was a trap for "Young Players".  The AAR can be found here: https://onesidedminiaturewargamingdiscourse.blogspot.com/2020/05/6mm-carthaginians-vs-romans.html
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