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    What rules do you use in terms of range, field of fire, etc. for non-Ares fortifications, e.g. a fort from Brigade Models or some other company?

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    I use the same rules as for the Ares fort nearest to the one I'm using. These are the exceptions. If the Fort is on a prominent headland I allow an extra half ruler for fall of shot at extreme range, but only at half chit numbers rounded up.

    I also allow heated shot from the larger forts. Only one shot per three turns, and furnaces have to be heated for six turns after the enemy comes into view before they are ready to supply the first shot. Loading time as mentioned.

    Fields of fire can be set to suit the scenario, but I allow independent fire if the battery commands two distinct directions which are facing in different directions just like the two broadsides of a ship are used. both batteries correspond to the card for that type of fort.

    Rob.
    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    I have played in a few of Robs scenarios using forts and forts on high ground, the extra range of forts in high ground works well and does seem correct.

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    I am thinking about mobile batteries rules
    Usan ares rules but with some movement options

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    A lot will depend on the calibre of your Ordinance and the number and type of guns in your battery Ferrante.

    If they are Horse, or Foot, will make a difference or are they siege train. Will they be en-placed when moved into action or just open to retaliatory fire from the Navy in the open?

    British batteries had typically had six guns. Five cannon and one Howitzer. French, eight guns, six cannon and two Howitzers. You will note that I do not mention the Spanish guns as I have no real knowledge of their organization.

    That is a mighty lot to contend with. You might better be able to amend a set of land based artillery rules to fit your scenario.

    Rob.
    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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