Yep a very valid observation MM, thats why I have the knights, i usually charge enemy arty, so as to disrupt it, then pull out. If the AI continues to use it's arty, I again charge it then pull out before they can engage my cav with their spearmen or their own cav. Usually this all happens way before my army gets within range of the enemy arty.Originally Posted by MrMerisi
It depends on whether I am attacking or defending. If defending I deploy the stakes and let them engage enemy ranged units until the enemy melee units get in range, then I pull them back. If attacking same thing but I don't deploy the stakes.I always deploy my longbows in the front, have them deploy stakes. Then, when the battle starts I immediately pull them back behind the first line of spears, who move forward to where the longbows were.
If they are threatened by crossbows I let them engage in a ranged battle while I use my light cavalry to charge the crossbowmen while they are engaging my longbowmen. If threatened by melee infantry I pull them back to the back of the formation.What do you do with your RLB when they are threatened by advancing infantry or pavise crossbows?
With the AI i find that the cav always charge without the support of their inf. But if they do charge the swordsmen, my swordsmen take hvy losses, which cannot be helped, but I then counter charge the cavalry with the frontline spearmen then use one of my reinforcement units to fill the gap left by the spearmen, either that or I just use my reinforcement unit of spearmen or sometimes even my general to help the swordsmen.How do you defend against heavy knights that charge your swordsmen and not your spearmen in your front ranks?
Yep you are right on the mark, you have to be able to anticipate what the enemy is going to do. But if you can, most of the time unless very heavily outnumbered you have a very high chance of winning.It seems you would have to do a lot of maneuvering, especially if you were attacking, and against a good opponent, breaking up your unit cohesion wouldn't be good. Even archers pulling back through your front lines would momentarily break the cohesion of those troops.