I had a horrible start, but my herding was ok. had an army out and started pressuring him and picking off his villies. I went pretty heavy on pikes in the beginning cuz he had few outpost set up. Then I had a big excess of food so I sent 700 gold and pumped out a few muskets. With the 3 hussars I tried to cut off his access to nearby hunts. He shipped in halberds and I had to pull back. came back with an big army and wiped him out.
-herding was not bad
-hussar hunt deprive worked out
-extra few muskets gave me a little flexibility
-lots of idle tc time
-villager distribution was off
didn't micro much