hazelbark wrote:I have noticed the following trends in my games.
1) Mounted arm is arm of decision. Players are moving toward more serious quality and quantity if cavalry.
a) It is easier to destroy enemy mounted than foot.
b) speed of attack if attacker to maximize deployment and first two turn advantages.
c) defender needs mounted force to counter attack enemy mounted assault.
2) Weight of mounted is more important than quality when you can choose. Quantity is also more valuable than Elan.
3) Defender must work a lot harder to win and change dynamic of battle. The odds of victory seem to adjust a lot in favor of winning the battle when you are the attacker.
Now we are working on counter tactics and have developed a number, but these seem more true than not.
Some good observations here, which I would generally agree with, except perhaps 1(c).
There has been a bit of a cavalry arms race with the group I play with (about a dozen players, most of whom have been FoGN'ing for a couple of years now, initially in paytest games). This is especially true with Guard cavalry, of any type, which are the trump mounted unit - average drilled guard cavalry being particularly saught after (cheap guards!).
A cavalry arms race only works out on table if both players are playing this game and have spent heavily on mounted. You then hope to defeat the enemy mounted arm which will take you 2/3 of the way towards winning the game. If the other guy has more and better mounted than you, the smart thing to do is not to indulge in the cavalry fight but tuck your mounted away behind cheap squares.
In reaction to the trend of more and more points being spent on mounted, we are starting to see lists produced to counter moutned heavy armies. Typically these armies contain very little mounted (and usually those they have are cheap) and large quantities of cheap foot. The theory is to give nothing for the horde of enemy mounted beat up on. My Austrians have twice turned a large Saxon uber-expensive cavalry division into little more than a mob of disordered and spent spectators using these tactics.
For an example of the counter-cavalry army, have a look at the 1813 Mixed Nationality Corps list that Damienhunter has posted (Andy I assume 'Damienhunter' is you - this list looks remarkably like the won you slaughtered my with last week!)