I have the advantage over you here in that Chris emailed me some notes of his that show a wide diversity of battalion types, which to my mind also requires a reasonable diversity of company types to build them.
Now, some template organizations would sure be a help to the average user of this thing, assuming any “average” person would want to use it.
From my reading of Faith Conquers and Sheva’s War it appears the platoon is not a standard organization in IE units, task-organized for missions, but not standing.
Hmm. I don’t have my books handy (I’m at work) – I’ll have to check at home – but neither of those is a model operation: Trevor Faith is pulling together whoever’ll follow him in breaking orders, and Lady Sheva specifically says she doesn’t take the threat seriously when she directs that task-organization. Plus Sheva’s forces are landwehr (turns head, spits).
I know ad hoc reassignments of subunits (“task-organization”) is necessary in practice, but I’m strongly in favor of having a fixed baseline organization that tries to minimize the need for ad hoc’ery by having individual units designed from the start to have all the different components they need. Note how obsessively I gave pretty much every company significant organic fire support, usually full-fledged artillery, and significant organic reconaissance.
Company Headquarters should focus on the X-O with one Lieutenant, both long-serving, non-noble Anvil officers, crusty, promoted from the ranks who run the company when its Lord-Pilot captain isn’t present, which may be most of the time as social and feudal obligations will keep him away.
I really like the social distinctions here; it’s an aspect I hadn’t thought about. Now, I’d suspect all the officers would be at least gentry, i.e. Lords-Pilot, at least in any unit that had Iron, since the lifepaths in the book seem to imply that most Iron troopers are Lords-Pilot, i.e. members of the minor nobility (“sub-peerage”). But “Lord-Pilot” is very different from “Anvil Lord.”
Chris, can you lay out your thoughts on some of the social dynamics and gradations among different types of nobility, and how they map (or don’t map) onto military ranks? Was Trevor Faith’s father a hereditary Lord-Pilot or a common trooper?