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Old 01-11-2012, 12:48 AM   #21
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That's a good question.

Edit: Maybe "Combined Arms" should also be a legal Technique, each such being a fairly rigidly defined ratio of forces, such as 50/50 cavalry/archer? I think historically many armies were fairly uniform, meaning either all cavalry, or all infantry, or all archer, and making full use of a combined arms force was a rare ability.
Actually, apart from small, homogenous skirmishing forces, I was under the impression that most armies included a mix of troop types. For example, Napoleonic commanders recognized three branches of the army (infantry, cavalry, artillery) that had to be used in concert to wage a battle. In medeival times there was an even broader assortment of troops (light and heavy infantry, archers, cavalry, artillery).

Perhaps another way to handle this would be to have a set of perks that multiply the strength of a certain troop type, for the purpose of class superiority only. For example, a Cavalry commander would double the Cav TS rating of horsemen (but not chariots). If fighting an army with equal Cav, he'd gain an effective +1 bonus - but if his army already enjoys the maximum Cav superiority (or lacks Cavalry) there'd be no bonus.

Alternately, a perk could multiply the true TS of one element type by, say, 1.25 (equivalent to roughly +1 on the Relative TS table). By itself this wouldn't give a bonus when two equal-sized armies face off, but it edge cases it could tip the balance (ie, if outnumbering the opponent by less than x1.5, the perk could push them over the x1.5 mark.)
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Old 01-13-2012, 07:16 AM   #22
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Actually, apart from small, homogenous skirmishing forces, I was under the impression that most armies included a mix of troop types. For example, Napoleonic commanders recognized three branches of the army (infantry, cavalry, artillery) that had to be used in concert to wage a battle. In medeival times there was an even broader assortment of troops (light and heavy infantry, archers, cavalry, artillery).
I had low-TL armies in mind. My impression is that apart from the armies of great and very organized empires, such as the Romans and Persians, most TL1-3 (and 4 too?) armies consisted mainly of one troop type, either archers, or infantry, or cavalry.
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Old 01-13-2012, 08:44 AM   #23
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I had low-TL armies in mind. My impression is that apart from the armies of great and very organized empires, such as the Romans and Persians, most TL1-3 (and 4 too?) armies consisted mainly of one troop type, either archers, or infantry, or cavalry.
I'm not sure of that.
The Greek city-states weren't a great and organized empire, and the big chunk of the army was definitely the hoplite heavy infantry, yes. But they had peltasts and archers as auxiliary light infantry, and later they began to field the phalanx.
Plenty of the various Italic people that Rome defeated in its early centuries had a hodge-podge of medium infantry, psiloi, left-over light chariots, and sometimes some horsemen.
The above also applies to the Gauls.
Various African powers who weren't necessarily the organized Carthaginian empire, but, say, the Numidians, added to all of that heavy infantry and of course elephants.
Most of the peoples who had an all-cavalry (or nearly so) army, would have both shock cavalry and light cavalry, and maybe horse archers.
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