rbodleyscott wrote: ↑
Thu Oct 22, 2020 6:10 am
woos1981 wrote: ↑
Thu Oct 22, 2020 12:15 am
Will there be a new mechanism about castles and sieges battles in the game？
There are siege relief battles, fought outside the castle walls, with possible intervention by the castle garrison, but not sieges as such. This was a hard decision to make, since sieges were such an important part of Medieval warfare, but after a detailed analysis we decided that the system did not really lend itself to representing sieges. Relatively few sieges were resolved by assaults, and normal siege operations would make for a pretty boring game. Starving your opponent into submission probably wouldn’t be much fun.
I have no doubt that someone in the community will produce some sort of siege scenarios. The castle models are in place.
I'm no 'historian-expert' on how many sieges were resolved by assaults on the many castles that there were... but!... I did watch all of "The Battle Castle" television series hosted by the narrator 'Jon Snow'. Many of the Castles that he decided to document... did in fact... factor in sieges of one sort or another including some with actual castle assaults.
Castles for the most part did not have an over-abundant reserve of food supplies... only a few did. Water supplies were generally better provisioned for.
In one castle in France… when the English were preparing to siege it... many peasants rushed in to take refuge in the castle... thereby putting a severe strain on the existing food supplies... thus making the castle less difficult to take... by starving it out.
Undermining worked well for taking down those castles constructed on softer ground as verses those constructed on harder ground surfaces or bedrock. Square Walls were much more vulnerable to undermining than were curved or rounded walls or structures... these curved and rounded constructions were more sturdier... and did not come down very easily with undermining.
Moats!... if they were deep enough... and extended far enough away from the castle walls... they would also be quite effective... provided that the soil could hold the water if water was available... otherwise... a dry moat... would be the only option.
One castle in Wales... held by the English-King... was supplied by ships... the Welsh disrupted the shipping supply effort and brought the Castle down.
One castle in the middle east...in Syria... the 'Crac des Chevaliers'
"Fortress of the Knights" was given by Raymond II, Count of Tripoli, to the order of the Knights Hospitaller. It remained in their possession until it fell in 1271.
Krak des Chevaliers housed a garrison of around 2,000. Such a large garrison allowed the Hospitallers to exact tribute from a wide area.
In 1271 Mamluk Sultan Baibars captured Krak des Chevaliers
after a siege lasting 36 days, supposedly by way of a forged letter purportedly from the Hospitallers' Grand Master that caused the Knights to surrender.