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    In the years since EB2 has been around, there have been many a campaign guide posted in the fora detailing how a campaign should be approached, but with most only mentioning key units and their roles in passing, I want to change that. A poll will be posted with choices for which unit will have the honor of having the first of many in-depth unit analyses done for them. To start, which unit type would you like me to focus on? Is it the good, old infantry, the swift agile skirmisher or archer, or perhaps the all-mighty shock cavalry, whose charges scatters all before them?

    The analyses will be laid out roughly as follows (Final order confirmed):
    • Unit Stats and Abilities at a glance
    • Tactical Assessment
    • Availability on the campaign map
    • Comparisons to similar units


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    Voting for Round 12 of the In-Depth Unit Analyses has been completed and closed and the results are out!

    It appears that the Ilieis have won this week!

    Voting for the next unit:

    You will all now vote on the next unit that you want broken down and analyzed. This week, we will vote for some rather reluctant fighters....

    You will have until the 29th of October to cast your vote!


    Straw Poll Link:

    https://strawpoll.com/wqh3hvs84

    PS: This will now be a roughly weekly affair so keep your eyes peeled!

    Completed Analyses:

    Rounds 1 to 8 (30/7/2021 to 17/9/2021):
    Katoikoi Thraikes
    Hippeis Bosporitai
    Pantodapoi
    Aswar i Sakastan
    Carbantoi
    Amossoi
    Aswar i Nezagan
    Baktrioi Hippotoxotai
    Baktrioi Hippeis
    Ebess Toutas
    Parashim Maurim
    Mazsaka Baragata
    Thureopherontes Toxotai
    Triarii (Polybian)
    Toghrin Ordo

    Zip File:EB 2 In-Depth Unit Analyses Rounds 1 to 8.zip

    Frisadruhtiz (Frisadruhtiz.pdf)

    Round 9 (17/9/21 to 24/9/21):
    Brateres Coso (Brateres Coso.pdf)
    Walidoz Knabaniz (Walidoz Knabaniz.pdf)

    Round 10 (14/9/21 to 1/10/21):
    Khamis (Khamis.pdf)

    Round 11 (1/10/21 to 15/10/21):
    Hippeis Tarantinoi (Hippeis Tarantinoi.pdf)
    Principes (Camillan) (Principes (Camillan).pdf)

    Round 12 (15/10/21 to 22/10/21):
    Illeis (Ilieis.pdf)


    Also available on TWC:
    https://www.twcenter.net/forums/show...-Unit-Analyses


    That's all for now!
    Last edited by realm56; 10-22-2021 at 14:05. Reason: Voting for Round 12 of the In-Depth Unit Analysis has been completed and it is up! Voting for Round 13 is now open.
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    Voting for the unit to feature in Round 2 of the In-Depth Unit Analyses has officially closed! The Aswar i Sakastan has been chosen! Their analysis has now been posted.

    Voting for the next unit to be done is now open! This time, we will take a trip all the way to the other side of the world to the British Isles and take a peek at the inhabitants who call it home! Cast your vote on the straw poll (Link to the poll is in the opening post under the Voting for the next unit section), you have until the 13th of August to do so.
    To fight and conquer in all our battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.
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    Voting for the unit to feature in Round 3 of the In-Depth Unit Analyses has officially closed! The Carbantoi has been chosen! Their analysis has now been posted.

    Voting for the next unit to be done is now open! This time, we will take a peek at some of the meanest and greediest mercenaries the Mediterranean has to offer. Cast your vote on the straw poll for the unit you want me to hire for the week (Link to the poll is in the opening post under the Voting for the next unit section), you have until the 20th of August to do so.
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    Voting for the unit to feature in Round 4 of the In-Depth Unit Analyses has officially closed! The Amossoi has been chosen! Their analysis has now been posted.

    Voting for the next unit to be done is now open! This time, we will head to the Caucasus and take a look at the hardy folks that call the place home. Cast your vote on the straw poll for the unit you want me to hire for the week (Link to the poll is in the opening post under the Voting for the next unit section), you have until the 27th of August to do so.

    How are you liking them so far?

    Feedback is always welcome.
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    Voting for the unit to feature in Round 5 of the In-Depth Unit Analyses has officially closed! The Aswar i Nezagan has been chosen! Their analysis has now been posted.

    Voting for the next unit to be done is now open! This time, the units for this week are part of a faction breakdown with Baktria being the faction in the spotlight for this week. Cast your vote on the straw poll for the unit you want me to pick for the week (Link to the poll is in the opening post under the Voting for the next unit section), you have until the 3rd of September to do so.
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    Voting for the unit to feature in Round 6 of the In-Depth Unit Analyses has officially closed! It appears that we have a tie! The Baktrioi Hippeis and Hippotoxotai come out tied for first place! Their analysis has now been posted.

    Voting for the next unit to be done is now open! This week will be special, we will be doing a mystery box, guess the units that are in this week's poll in the comments and vote! I will give a short phrase for each of this week's units to help you out.

    You will have until the 10th of September to make your guesses and cast your vote!

    Poll:https://strawpoll.com/82u5rwbkb

    1. We may adopt the ways of the settled peoples, either by assimilation, marriage or birth but our bows still sing and our aim still true. Not all of us can afford a horse but we are well protected all the same.
    2. Many write and speak of us in awe and in fear. Neither pain, toil or cold shall stop our thunderous charge, our courage shall be seen by all. Even if the sky falls on our heads, we will be remembered!
    3. From the most revered city in our fine Republic we hail, clad in the finest kit avaliable to us. We may be a little older and wiser but we are still ready and willing to fight alongside our younger brethren in this most dire of times.
    4. From the Heavenly Mountains we come, hooves thundering through the great steppe with the finest of our kinsmen, and driven to seek everlasting glory and fame. Our renown will live forever.


    I will reveal the answers at the end of the vote!

    Stay tuned!
    To fight and conquer in all our battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.
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    Voting for the unit to feature in Round 7 of the In-Depth Unit Analyses has officially closed! It appears that we have another tie! It looks like options 1 and 3 are tied for first place!

    The answers are as follows:

    1. We may adopt the ways of the settled peoples, either by assimilation, marriage, or birth but our bows still sing and our aim still true. Not all of us can afford a horse but we are well protected all
    the same.

    Answer: Thureopherontes Toxotai

    2. Many write and speak of us in awe and in fear. Neither pain, toil or cold shall stop our thunderous charge, our courage shall be seen by all. Even if the sky falls on our heads, we will be
    remembered!

    Answer: Gaisatoi

    3. From the most revered city in our fine Republic we hail, clad in the finest kit available to us. We may be a little older and wiser, but we are still ready and willing to fight alongside our younger
    brethren in this most dire of times.

    Answer: Triarii (Polybian)

    4. From the Heavenly Mountains we come, hooves thundering through the great steppe with the finest of our kinsmen and driven to seek everlasting glory and fame. Our renown will live forever.

    Answer: Saka Rauka Ashwabara

    Many thanks to any who participated!

    Unfortunately, the analysis of the winning units will have to be put on hold for the time being with the following release from our publisher:

    In the late hours of the 5th of September as our scribes finished up their diligent work for the day, several armed intruders broke into the office and revealed themselves as disgruntled former contestants who proceeded to hold our scribes at sword point and the demanded money and that they be included in our releases and have threatened to kill the scribes if their demands were not met. Thankfully, the head editor was on duty that evening and had successfully negotiated the release of the hostages by conceding to their demands along with the provision of the demanded funds and some additional gifts to ensure that the incident did not escalate any further. The disgruntled contestants were content with the editor’s offers and exited the office without further incident although our staff were left more than a little shaken by the whole incident but expressed relief that the situation did not deteriorate any more than it already did.

    Security has since been upgraded and work continues to progress on the analyses for last week’s winners with staff making up for lost time due to the nature of the hostage taker’s demands.
    This week’s poll is now open, this time, we will delve into a special collection of units seldom seen, let alone used on the battlefield due to their rarity on the world stage.

    Poll Address: https://strawpoll.com/rvb1ghcyo

    Finally, a gentle reminder that voting is highly encouraged, it only takes a moment and as always, our analyses are posted on the opening post of this trend!

    Stay tuned!
    To fight and conquer in all our battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.
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    Voting for the unit to feature in Round 8 of the In-Depth Unit Analyses has officially closed! We have a clear winner, the Toghrin Ordo have come in first place!

    This week’s poll is now open, this time, we present the following message:

    They say that a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.

    Who will you make that journey with?


    You have until the 24th to make your choice.

    Poll Address: https://strawpoll.com/2o2vr2rhj

    Finally, a gentle reminder that voting is highly encouraged, it only takes a moment and as always, our analyses are posted on the opening post of this trend!


    Stay tuned!
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    Voting for Round 10 of the In-Depth Unit Analyses has been completed and closed and the results are out! It appears that we have a runaway winner in the from of the Khamis!

    You will all now vote on the next unit that you want broken down and analyzed. This week, we will have a Pyrrhic wars showcase with 2 polls open!

    You will have until the 15th of October to cast your vote!

    Straw Poll Link:

    Eperios:https://strawpoll.com/j8bwejf1e
    SPQR: https://strawpoll.com/ggkhchek3

    Stay tuned!
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    Voting for Round 11 of the In-Depth Unit Analyses has been completed and closed and the results are out! It appears that the Hippeis Tarantinoi and Principes have won convincingly!

    We hope that the 2 weeks we gave for you to vote did not deter you one bit! we will have more of these showdown type showcases in the future!

    You will all now vote on the next unit that you want broken down and analyzed. This week, we take a look at the Island peoples that live their lives on own little pieces of paradise, although they may be seperated by seas and oceans, they are never truly alone!

    Straw Poll Link:
    https://strawpoll.com/gq577o59d


    Stay tuned!
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    Voting for Round 12 of the In-Depth Unit Analyses has been completed and closed and the results are out! It appears that the Ileis have won this week!


    You will all now vote on the next unit that you want broken down and analyzed. This time we take a look at some rather reluctant fighters.

    In many locations during the Hellenistic Era, there were most certainly men who willingly fought either for glory, loyalty or for gold. However, the truth remains that the bulk of most armies were mustered using men who would rather till their fields and ply their trades in the urban centres and in the rural countrysides than fight for causes that they had little to no true stake in.

    Straw Poll Link:
    https://strawpoll.com/wqh3hvs84

    As usual, all our analyses are located in the opening post and are downloadable in PDF form.


    Stay tuned!
    To fight and conquer in all our battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.
    - Sun Tzu




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