So far, I like the game very much. But there are a few issues that feel wrong.
A column seems to be more useful and powerful than a line.
1 - Melee
When a line melees, it is disordered. That means when a line and a column stand toe-to-toe, a column gets to attack twice (fire and melee) without drawbacks, but a line can only attack once (fire) without harming itself (melee). A line just cannot afford to be disordered when facing a column.
2 - Fire
When attacked in the flank by fire, a column is actually less vulnerable (one rank crossed) than a line (two ranks crossed). While it can be explained that the effect on the line includes the destabilizing effect of being hit in the flank, the advantage of the column is just plain nonsense. A column is a mass of men which is normally still a bit wider at the front than on the flanks, so it should count as having two ranks for fire combat when hit in the flank.
I will continue to play the rules as written, but I would welcome an improvement regarding these issues.
Especially with defense orders acting later than attack orders, it is very tempting (and ahistorical) for a defending unit group to switch from line with defense orders to column with attack order once conatct is made.
What do you think?
Am I overlooking something?