Post by loyalist on Apr 7, 2016 15:53:52 GMT
A unit of 3 flivvers can carry light field guns for 60 points, 45 more than 3 unarmed flivvers, which indicates light field guns cost 15 points each if on a portee.
A unit of 3 flivvers towing 3 medium field guns costs 95 points (15 for the flivvers and 80 for the 3 guns).
As described in Scott Washburn's book the Martians very rapidly developed tactics to defeat medium field artillery, ambushing them while being towed.
The logical human response would be to mount the guns on trucks so they could be brought into action almost immediately by turning the trucks around.
Medium field guns on trucks are not covered by the rules, and there are no rules for the using light field guns on trucks except for the points cost of mounting them on flivvers. There are no rules for light field guns if being towed instead of truck-mounted (i.e. would a battery of 3 cost 45 points, or less than that if not on a truck?).
I plan to put one battery of Canadian medium field guns on trucks. By chance or design the gun wheels are an exact fit between the first two posts on the planked sides of flivvers. The gun axles are about 1mm too wide to fit inside the truck bed but with the axles on top of the sides the guns are at the same height above the bed as they would be if on wheels. Unfortunately the axles are too narrow to sit securely on the sides of the flivver so will need braces underneath them.
According to the towing rules a tow unit within 6" of a gun can pick it up, move it and deploy it in a single move phase, but the gun then counts as having moved and can't shoot until the next shooting phase. As stated on page 65 there is "rarely any benefit" in redeploying guns. The rules do not address light field guns on portees and whether they can move and still fire.
For a portee mounted gun to have any advantage in the game it must be able to fire after the truck has moved, and this should make the portee mounted gun more expensive. Would another 15 points per unit (not element) be enough for medium field guns on flivvers?