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Post  Charmead on Mon Jul 20, 2015 10:34 am

I am curious regarding different styles of handling close in combat once the shooting starts. Specifically for those of you who do not TC individual battalions. What kinds of orders, courier commands do you use to help your units just prior ... During? There's such a ton of commands available but to date I hardly scratch the surface of courier orders. I am just used to TCing but methinks there are other ways based on player conversations. If anything I am looking for variety. Thanks in advance.

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Post  Uncle Billy on Mon Jul 20, 2015 2:02 pm

The only time I TC someone is when I want to keep them out of the fighting altogether. Most often, that's the cavalry. I want them close enough to call on them if needed, but otherwise, I don't want them mucking up my plans by sticking their noses into the fight.

I use the order stances to control my brigades. If I want a more orderly fight where the commander attempts to keep formation, I use hold at all costs and hold. When I want to take the fight to the enemy, (their cavalry is gone or mine can intercede when necessary), and I don't care about maintaining any battlefield order, I'll use probe or attack and send it into the enemy line.

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Post  Mr. Digby on Tue Jul 21, 2015 8:33 am

I tend to TC a fair bit - always brigade and battery commanders and often squadrons when I want to take a couple forwards and do some careful surgery on an enemy that the AI won't do so effectively.

From time to time I'll TC a battalion if it's in a critical defensive position I don't want it moved from such as behind or on the flank of a battery.

I rarely use the courier orders system as Kevin does, I'm a point and click man. Sometimes I'll give the AI it's head and issue probe or attack orders near the end of a game when I'm too exhausted to keep paying careful attention!

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Post  Iberalc on Wed Jul 22, 2015 6:05 pm

I play more like Martin than Kevin.

Battery commanders always TCed.

I would give a brigade commander a stance when far away or he and his unit are operating out of sight.

I just TC battalions or squadrons when I want them to do exactly what I want. Mainly to advance battalions already enganged closer to the enemy or when enemy cavalry is close by. Or avoid the initiative that individual squadrons have of doing the war by themselves.

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