I find that dicing for which side moves first during the movement phase works quite well for solo games, I've never been a fan of written orders anyway but as an almost exclusively solo player written orders would be pointless.
However, I am attempting to refine the system to gain some of the feel of the written orders used in "Charge" and "The War Game".
I have made up some order chits which will be chosen in initiative order and placed by the units before carrying out the instructions on the chits as a simultaneous move.
The chits are as follows:-CHARGE, ADVANCE WITH HASTE, ADVANCE WITH CAUTION,WHEEL TO THE LEFT, WHEEL TO THE RIGHT, FORM LINE, FORM COLUMN, FORM MARCHING COLUMN, LIMBER UP THE GUNS, DEPLOY THE GUNS, MANHANDLE THE GUNS, DEPLOY INTO OPEN ORDER and EXTRAORDINARY ORDERS.
I printed these chits in a flowery old fashioned font for appearances. There are no move distances specified as these will depend on formation but the Advance with caution will be at a rate that allows shooting and the Advance with haste chit is at maximum possible speed with no shooting.
I have no chit for a unit standing still, I will use a blank side or maybe make some.
Shooting is also not specfied and is dependant on targets being available after moving and is left to the unit commanders rather than orders from the CinC.
The Extraordinary Orders chit will be used for blowing bridges and the like!.
I will try these out soon and report on their effect.