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The first commander-in-chief to deploy may elect to place up to 1/3 of the army (4 elements) in ambush anywhere within 12 inches of the base line, provided that there is available terrain to provide concealment. The elements deployed in concealment and their location should be recorded secretly in writing.

The following terrain types may provide concealment for purposes of ambush deployment:

A terrain feature may only conceal as many elements as can physically fit within its area.

Once deployed, an element or group in ambush may not move without revealing its location. The element or group of elements in ambush must be announced and placed on the table at the recorded spot prior to executing its first bound of movement.

As long as it does not move, a concealed element need not be placed on the table until it falls within the unobstructed line of sight of an opposing element. Elements hiding behind a hill or ridge can be spotted by an observer with a clear line of sight at a range of 600 paces. Elements hiding in bad going will be spotted by an observer at 100 paces. Spotting is automatic and does not need to be requested. It is the responsibility of the commander with troops deployed in ambush to monitor the enemy's line of sight and deploy ambushed troops when they are spotted.

An element(s) may emerge from ambush at any point during its commanders bound and moves and engages in close combat or distance shooting normally.

As an optional rule, any impetuous unit (e.g., Knights or Warband) will automatically emerge from ambush to attack any enemy element that has moved within 200 paces unless its commander spends an initiative pip to keep that element or group in concealment.

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Last Updated: Oct. 5, 1998

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