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RTW - Cavalry Tactics

Post by EvilGummyBear on Tue Jun 02, 2009 4:51 pm

In this thread I want you to tell something about a cavalry tactic, what can be very fatal for the enemy.

What is this about?

Basically, every player wants to attack with a part of his army the back of the enemy.
This maneuver can be done on different ways,.... if it works at all. Perfect for such maneuvers is cavalry or chariots, because of their speed. But if you set up your cavalry behind the enemy, of course you can lose. You have to look at some thins. The enemies army has to be at battle with your own infantry. And why? If some units aren’t it battle, they can turn around and attack your cavalry, but not if they are busy with your infantry! So if they fight with your inf and you attack with your cav, they will run away very fast because of this shock into the back and the feeling of being surrounded.

How shall I do that?

HOW is the easiest question. More important is the question WHEN. If your cav is standing of the back of your enemy, you have to select your cav single, and give them then a sign to attack. If you don’t do this, your Cav will attack what they will see.
Before all, you have to look at the inf battle. If they going to lose, you have to send reinforcements and supply them. This is more important! But if your infantry is working well, you must have patience and you have to wait till the enemies inf is at battle. Now you have to look at a part of the enemies army. Look at places, what are very weak or where the enemy can’t cover his back.

You can see, that ONLY ONE PART of the enemies army will be attacked. This part is the weakest point.

And you can see, that every cavalry unit is attacking an another unit. Here you have to use the “Kick and Rush” method. Attack this weak points and if the first are running away, take your cavalry away and make them ready for the next attack. After two or three attacks the enemy will run away completly.

For what i have to looking for?

-First you have learned is, that the enemy shouldn’t have reserve units to cover his back.
-You have to be fast.
-you have to work with the “kick and rush” method. If your Cav is to deep in the mainpart of the battle, they can have problems with elite units of your enemy. Look especially at Phalanx units (especially spartans). If they turn around, you have nice meat for dinner.

Like every tactic can this tactic fail too. It is horrible if the enemy has enough cavalry to do the same with your infantry or attack YOUR cavalry”

Can I help myself against this?

Of course you can. Try to have enough reinforcements and try to decimate or kill the nemy cavalry before this maneuver. Maybe it sounds easier than it is but there is no other possibility.
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Re: RTW - Cavalry Tactics

Post by EvilGummyBear on Tue Jun 02, 2009 4:52 pm

In this reply I want you to tell a tactic for killing or decimateing the enemies Cavalry:

What is this about?

The enemies Cavalry is always a danger for you, if the cavalry are very good. Often all player wants to eliminate the cavalry with their own cavalry. But this is only possible, if you have more Cavalry or better one. This pure cavalry battle is always a risk for you. With this tactic you provocate the enemy till he attacks with his cavalry and then you have to kill them fast and without mercy with your army.

How shall I do that?

It is very important, that your Cavalry units are in one group. You have to provocate the enemies cavalry to attack your cavalry, but your cavalry must be nearly your infantry. There are many different ways to force them to attack you. But most important is, that you have patience and you must be able to react fast. If the enemies Cavalry attacks your cavalry, you have this things to do:

1.Give your cavalry the sign for attacking the enemies cavalry.
2.Give your infantry the sign to go behind the cavalry battle and if your infantry reach the cavalry, they will attack automaticly. On this way the cavalry can not escape from this battle.

Now the whole cavalry is surrounded and they will escape fast. If they stop to run away, they won’t be any danger for you.

For what I have to looking for?

Your cavalry must have a high defense. They must survive the “head on head” attack from your enemy.
The cavalry must hold on till your infantry arrives.

Your cavalry is not allowed to ride to far away from your infantry while they provocate the enemy. Because your infantry can arrive too late and your cavalry can be killed. In spite of that your cav can’t be to close at your infantry. This is a great danger for the enemy and he won’t attack. At this point everybody need some practice.
At least the enemies infantry is not allowd to be to close at your army. Then they can supply their own cavalry and a huge massacre will begin. And this battle will be hard to control.
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