Loss of CommandersIn the Conclusion to Tin Soldiers in Action I ended the game after the Allies lost their Commander-in-Chief as I realized that everyone was out of commander, save the Prussian Jagers, and thus would only have one action per turn. It looked like the French were going to fire twice each turn while the Allies would, at best, fire back once, and that is only if they did not have to spend an action clearing the disorder.
What you did not see was that I was desperately trying to find the commander replacement rule. At first I thought that the rule did not exist, that it was just another rule on my list of expected rules every game should have. And I was okay with the game ending in a loss if you lost your Commander-in-Chief. However, I was on a business trip this week and I took my copy of TSIA so I could read up at night (I still had not read the sections after the period lists) and I noticed that there were some rules that stated certain figures "act as like Commander figures, but are not replaced when removed, like Commanders are". I messaged the author and he pointed me to the rule I missed. (There is always at least one!)
At first, I did not like the rule. If Commanders are so easily replaced – essentially with no penalty – players would continually risk them. I went back and re-read the rule.
A new commander may be sent in as a replacement at the end of the command range phase.So that is actually not so bad. The normal turn sequence is that you turn a card, see which command is activated by that card, see which units within that command are in command range and which are out, then carry out the actions for each unit in the command. So in my test game I lost my Commander-in-Chief during his action phase. So when his card came up next, on turn 5, all of the unit would be out of command on that turn, then his replacement would reappear. So you are guaranteed to lose command for only one turn of actions. So it was possible for my troops to continue to soldier on from that point; it was not quite as grim as I had imagined.