Kajani wrote:Alright, that's why I write: "In any case they could only strike once per round." (Last line of the text for the crossbow-men) I still have mentioned the fact that crossbows are slower.
Ok, you could also say that this is not right from me, because siege weapons may strike more than once... (or at least I have not found that this is not possible, but may have not seen it). But I think it is better to limited the possibilites of crossbows a little bit.
Kajani wrote:Of course you are right, I hadn't that in mind at this moment. But I must say, a unit of enginers which use two or more "groups" of scorpions would be devastating on the battlefield...
Kajani wrote:Sort of – a thing like that. The problem is, I have no clear information how the elephants were equipped during the ancient wars in which they see with-spread use (the first two Punic wars and several wars in the Middle East). Maybe the terminus techniques is for that not appropriate
Kajani wrote:I add a slightly changed version of crossbow-men, and my idea for transport-vessels, since I believe there is some need for that type of ships. Comments welcomed...
These fighters are armed with crossbows. They are effective in defensive positions, but in open battles they are hampered by the great weight and slow fire rate of their crossbows. It is quite common to equip such units with mantlets, and they usually are better protected than archers, but this makes them even slower. Such units (slow but relatively immune against enemy ranged weapons) are often used during sieges, both in defending and in attacking castles and towns. As archers crossbowmen are less disciplined than normal infantry and vulnerable in close combat (and too precious to be risked).
mber of warships, and their cargo is often limited, especially in the case of the smaller galleys. Because of this many lords hire (or force) civilian merchants to support their fleets. These ships, in most cases sailing ships with one or two masts, are very vulnerable to attacks by warships (or siege weapons). While they are not completely defenceless in most cases they lack heavy weapons and a well trained, well armed crew who could counter a ramming- or boarding-attempt. Some lords invest money and training to solve this problem, but their ships are never an equal opponent for a warship. In wartime such ships often form convoys which are protected by warships. However they have one big advantage – if the war is over, they are a good source of income for their owner when they go back to their civilian duties.
Kajani wrote:I understand, but I did not want to make the crossbowmen TOO good, so that no one could say I used unbalanced units. I see it so - the elite-men from which you speak may be crossbow-unit who are at least trained, if not veterans, and use "upgraded" weapons (both in melee and distance) and armour. They also carry shields.
By the way, of cause You also know that even the well known and famous mercenaries from from Genua had their dark days - for example at Crecy, if I remember right what i have read. Additional I want to add that in Westeros as far as I know there is no unit which could be compared to these kind of men (but You could also ask if there are bowmen who are trained like the English or those from Wales...).
Kajani wrote:Perhaps this is so because Connington now has what most lords lack in Westeros - a cadre of trained men which are kept under weapons for a long time, nearly full-time-soldiers (perhaps not as good as the Unsullied but still far better than many forces from Westeros). On the other hand I am not so sure if the greatest lords like Tywin and so on has not at least a core of their armies build of well-trained men (men with pike's, of course parts of their heavy cavalry, and sometimes even archers etc.) who are at least similar good as Conningtons "professional soldiers".
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