It feels wrong that cavalry whose intention was not purely to intimidate with the threat of a physical clash with the sword can ‘walk/trot’ into close combat at will, whereas a unit whose training and raisond’etre was to close, has to take a test and stands a fair chance of sitting around studying its nails.
Yes, it is a problem. Testing by brigade only changes the odds slightly towards the Royalist Horse – they are still at a fair disadvantage. As written, the Royalist Horse need to win the ranged combat by 2 points to give them at least an even chance of success in the close combat – if they charge shaken, then the odds are firmly in favour of the Parliamentary Horse. The Royalist player can only do two things to influence that success: have an officer lead it in person, and charge downhill on a steep slope.
Thanks for the clarification on Brooke’s horse – I note the army generator in the rules only seems to allow Dutch tactic trained Parliamentary Horse – even in the Naseby list – seems a bit odd for the Ironsides?
Maybe – I will leave that to those more expert than me. In the rules as written, the Ironsides are much better off as they are haha! The only thing that I have been told is that the Horse of Fairfax’ army should fight as Swedish-trained Horse.