stopping Persian Cavalry?

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stopping Persian Cavalry?

Post by vj531 » Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:20 am

I keep failing against Persian Cavalry any hint or tip to stop this?
Besides run away :D

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Re: stopping Persian Cavalry?

Post by Paul59 » Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:51 am

Which ones? The spear or the bow armed variety?
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Re: stopping Persian Cavalry?

Post by vj531 » Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:19 am

Both - they seem very effective in melee and always cause 'me' problems.
What's the best non-phalanx unit to counter them with?

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Re: stopping Persian Cavalry?

Post by Ludendorf » Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:56 am

Skirmishers will take a bite out of them if you can get them into range. Archers are obviously the safest way to take pot shots at them, but javelinmen and slingers in particular can cause havoc amongst these valuable units if you can get them in close. Light cavalry like horse archers can also get in and harass them without being too vulnerable to return charges (though vulnerable to return fire, they will distract the cav from your more threatening units). The armoured varieties are less vulnerable to this of course, but any cavalry unit will suffer under a concentrated barrage of skirmisher/massed archer fire.

A good trick with light cavalry is to charge them into the sides of the heavy cav just as the cavalry battle is commencing. The light cavalry will hold the enemy cavalry in place for one turn (or indefinitely if your lights are blocked in and unable to disengage) provided they win or draw the initial melee (losing will cause them to immediately disengage) allowing your heavy cav to either force a close range pursuit or get a free flank attack.

Finally, getting some lancers up close and personal before launching a charge can give the Persians quite literally a nasty shock. The Persian cav may get the better of a protracted brawl if the lancers aren't armoured, but the initial shock only has to punch holes in a few places to open up the Persian cavalry's flanks. The best Persian cavalry are expensive, so bringing a lot of cavalry and trying to win good match ups can be a good way to go. Another is to bring cheap infantry to support your cavalry; as Persian cav don't have shock impact, infantry can get in and attack units of Persian cav which have been pinned down by the cavalry. A unit of cheap raw hoplites can devastate a valuable unit of bow-armed Persian cav this way.

And, of course, the final approach is just to avoid them. Persian infantry is often quite weak, so if you can break the infantry and skirmishers before the cavalry can get a significant say in the battle, you can win that way. An experienced player won't make that easy for you however, and some Persian lists are capable of going fully mounted.

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Re: stopping Persian Cavalry?

Post by vj531 » Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:50 pm

thanks, Ludendorf

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