Native Indian Cavalry (ETW Unit)
Though prematurely abandoned by many European armies, the lance remains a formidable weapon when used at the charge, concentrating the weight of horse and rider into a single needle-sharp point. The lance has retained its popularity in India, a center of excellence with the weapon.
The term ‘sipahi’ has its roots in ancient Persian where it means simply ‘army’. In common with cavalry formations the world over, sipahis have an air of high status and their elaborate arms, mounts and armor underline the fact that they are not mere foot-sloggers. A general who can call on their knows that once battle is joined, the shock of their charge, skilfully applied, can swiftly destroy all but the most resolute and disciplined enemy.
Lancers are a very different type of cavalry from the standard regiments of horse. They have significantly worse melee and defense stats in general; however, they have a much higher charge bonus. This makes them very suitable for charging enemy positions and to break enemy morale, but less apt in a pitched battle. Due to the fact that Lances are inadequate in close combat it is advised that lancers should be use to charge, withdraw and then charge again in order to efficiently use their charge bonus.