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    Default What kind of general are you?

    I dont know if im placing this in the correct area, I want it to cover all 3 games so I placed it here. Please move it if I have placed it wrong.

    So anyway what kind of general are you in battle?
    I would say that I am a cavalry general
    After that archer general
    I MTW for instance my favo army combination was some foot soldier quite alot of cavalry and some archers (Especially longbowmen)

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    Grand Warder of the Woods Member TonyJ's Avatar
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    Default Re: What kind of general are you?

    Well I like my armies to have LOTS of archers (well I am Welsh) and a good swathe of heavy cavalry.

    I like my infantry to be well armoured and disciplined.

    As a playing style I like to try to decimate the enemy with archers from a good position then rout them with several cavalry charges from both flanks. I tend to only commit my infantry when it comes to the final crunch and to mop up afterwards.

    When playing MTW, I always kill all my prisoners and with RTW I always exterminate town populations.

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    I'm your typical blundering idiot; all my kings have the Often Drunk vice whether it says it on the info parchment or not.

    I'm not concerned with setting records as a player, I never brag about prowess, and I can't stand threads that do the old RTS "Do this, this, and this, and this will be the result."

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    I tend to go for infantry. All types of infantry. Heavy in the centre and light (fast) on the flanks, plus some cavalry and archers for support.

    I try to envelope my enemy. First I soften them up with missile troops, then the heavies go in to pin them, then my light infantry and cavalry envelope them.

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    ive always been an infantry general, in MTW i would field heavy infantry in strong enough numbers to engage all the enemy troops, a few cav would be used to flank and rout the enemy. in rome i tend to use the greek phalanx to great effect, meaning i will own anyone in an infantry on infantry battle, as the roman factions my i use the same tactic as in MTW, mass infantry with archers and cav there to deliver the final blow
    before the battle of Thermopylea the Spartan knight Polynikes was told that the persian archers were so many that their arrows blocked out the sun. his reply was "Good, then we shall have our battle in the shade>

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    Oh i also have a extreme liking for killing an enemy general. Im always quite dissapointed when i fail to kill the general regardles if it was me superior or a close call. (Read my little story in "Your favorite battle" in MTW section)
    Encirclement is also a favorite tactic

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    I like being on the defensive, when I'm attacking I try to draw the enemy in . In Rome I play low-cav, out of fairness to the AI
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    Actually I believe in the combined forced approach, a solid infantry core with missile support and cav as flankers/flank protectors.

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    im an infantryman myself, line up my phalanx, laugh heartily as my opponent breaks on it then mop him up with a lil bit of cav. btw, Spartan117300 do you play halo at all?
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    I'm balanced and vary my army by objective. I haven't had the pleasure of Multiplayer yet.

    Typically I lean towards infantry. My army of choice against almost all armies on hard/hard is three generals, two heavy horse, two light horse, two onagers, one archer, four elite infantry, and the rest standard heavy infantry (legion).

    I always attack, even in the defense.
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    I like my infantry and cavalry to be of the highest quality. I want my infantry to be able to sustain a very heavy charge and hold. I want them to be able to exploit weaknesses that come about during a battle. I use my cavalry to route the enemy cavalry and then run amok in the enemies rear destroying any unit that is behind the infantry line and then routing the infantry line. I use long range missile units to hinder enemy missile attacks and as the Greeks I use peltasts as fast response troops and missile support. They often take the role of the cavalry as chasers and flankers, but never as anti-cav.
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    Grunts. Lots of grunts. Grunts here, grunts there, grunts everywhere.

    OK, on some terrain I actually use ranged & cav too, so that I don't so early see: Kukri routs. And, in RL I'd utilize the highest tech available to its max.

    But on this make-believe computer screen, I want to see 'average Joe', and all his like, kicking the butt of the 133t horsies of the rich guys, and the well-fed REMF never-met-the-enemy-in-person pointy stick launchers.

    But that's just me. Your mileage may vary.
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    Smile Re: What kind of general are you?

    if im attacking i will usualy not use any musketeers and chose a heavy rain day to attck.

    but i like my heavy cavalry and musketeers.
    archers run out of ammo to fast but i use some cavalry archers for sneak attacks.
    warrior monks feature hevily in any Pinser like moovemnts.
    and i always keep some "pike men" (i forget what there called) or thos nagenata blokes
    right behind my musketeers so they can pull back behind them and stop shooting,

    im not to good with kenzai they just seem to make the opponent run a bit =)

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    guess im a bad general

    oh and i play shogun,

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    Default Re: What kind of general are you?

    i play with lots of missile cav.. lots..
    i use these to weaken the enemy while i move my whole line forward..
    then i use cavalry to charge any units that get too close to my line.. and thats it.. wait for them to rout or die out to missile fire!
    i have a few units of infantry just in case the battle swings that way but i only use infantry as a distraction while a cavalry sneaks round the back and charges units from behind..

    thats just how i play it - im a real cavalry commander me... (just like Craterus - Alexander's cavalry commander)

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    My armies are pretty much the same on MTW and RTW. 8 units of heavy infantry, 4 units of elite heavy infantry, 4 units of medium cavalry, 2 units of archers and 2 seige weapons. The tactics i use are that if i'm attacking, i will send in some archers, to pick as many off as possible, then draw them back behind my infantry, and send the elite infantry into start the fight. Once they get going, i send in my normal infantry to help surround them. Then, last but not least, i will send my cavalry around the back of the enemy, and smash into them.
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    I kind of like an engineering approach to a battle. I'll bring some heavy infantry, maybe some cavalry and archers, but give me some heavy duty artillery, and I'm happy. I do enjoy a good siege too, sweeping the enemy off the walls, then crushing them in the streets...
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    i barely ever use artillery but i have a few onager units for sieges!

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    Combined arms.

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    heavy cavalry and infantry are my best friends.
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    Default Re: What kind of general are you?

    Specialist Infantry Commander (IIRC that's the term in RTW). If you looked at my Roman formation in my guide, that's exactly how I use my formations in RTW (playing as a Roman).

    It varies a bit in Shogun and MTW because the balancing was different.


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    A Total Loser, Cheater, and Weakling.

    I am proud to be a general.

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    I like to think I apply the Nelson touch (ie, in the absence of anything better to do, get your units alongside the enemy and start killing things.) Consequently I favour heavy infantry...

    I can just about spell enfilade, and I'm quite willing to allow a few posh guys on horses to nob about somewhere on the battlefield pretending to be important, but IMHO the decisive moment is the clash of the hairy loonies.
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    I'm definitely a cavalry commander/general..

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    If you shout the title of this thread, you'll get some idea..... lol.

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    Infantry General.

    Just send em charging in!
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    Im a good general
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    A Shout, A Charge and a glorious death is my favourite battleplan - up the hill, into the arrow storm, onto the spear points and forwards to victory is my favourite stlye of play, although recently I have been experimenting with swinging my infantry round pike blocks and messing about with an Armenian army heavy on the archery side of things, but this cant compare (in my opinion) with watching the weedy foe run away because a big scary german shouted at them.
    Also, numbers count. Whatever I pick I like it in bulk and this tends to discourage me from using elite units unless I'm playing in a high denaii game.
    Watching the enemy disappear under the human wave is quite satisfying.

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    True indeed but enter a battle highly outnumbered and win is great fun
    recently in rome i have been using more and more artillery in battle. So my standard rome battle would be. bomb the enemy and destroy all his pathetic flankings with cavalry. Then I decimate all attacks the enemy attempt to do with ranged units before they reach my lines. If im attacker i move my entire line foreward and just charge right in (including flankings)

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    I am a Roman, get the heavy inf and everything else is support

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    Just swarming the enemy with heavy infantry tends to be the best policy. And while the enemy are getting swarmed by your infantry, molest the people at the back with your cavalry. Or, if your playing a fraction like armenia, just put your horse archers on skirmish, sit back, and watch as the enemy keep trying to approach your men, only to get picked off by the arrows.
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