Chevaux-légers (ETW Unit)

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Chevaux-légers (ETW Unit)
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Class
Lancer Cavalry
Unit Size
160 men
Weaponry
Lance
Morale
Melee Attack
Ranged Attack
Defence
Charge Bonus
Accuracy
Range
Ammunition
Region
Europe
Recruitment Cost
950
Upkeep Cost
280
Turns to Build
Unit Limit
Building Requirements
Barracks
Technology Requirements
None
Attributes
  • Can Hide in Woodland
  • Diamond Formation
  • Wedge Formation

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    These cavalrymen are armed with a long spear or lance that makes them particularly deadly when charging.

    Overview

    The lance is probably the oldest cavalry weapon. It gives the user a chance to put all the momentum of himself and his charging horse into one very sharp point that can, in the hands of a skilled man, be driven right through any man. This is what makes lances so intimidating to face but, if the lancer does not kill his target, he is then vulnerable. A long lance is a good deal less use in a melee than a sword, and a lancer is at a disadvantage once the close fighting starts.

    Historically, many nations used lancers, although the European fashion for them owes much to the uhlans: cavalry raised for Austrian and Prussian service. The French adopted lancers with some enthusiasm, and Napoleon even included Polish lancers in his Imperial Guard. In India the lance had long been used as a weapon, and lancer skills were often improved by “pegging” (picking tent pegs out of the ground with the lance tip) or pig-sticking (hunting wild pigs or even wild dogs with the lance). Native Indian lancers were rightly feared by European troops.

    Unit Details

    Chevaux-légers have a huge charge bonus and this clearly indicates what it should be used for; repeated charges into the flank or rear of the enemy. Due to the poor melee defence stats, Chevaux-légers should be used to repeatedly charge the enemy's rear in hope of breaking their morale. They should avoid prolonged melee especially when fighting elite units.Chevaux-légers are also quite capable at defeating enemy cavalry. They should avoid charging headlong into infantry has they can easily get shot up by enemy infantry.

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