I planned to test Russia muskets/CA vs Cuirassiers.
But French AI didn't think so :D
It sent me hussars!
Still, it was not bad to fight hussars and natives.
It was interesting that when my fort finally fell after industrial, it pushed me out of turtling;
Contrarily, once French fort was lost, he hit the major downfall.
Natives did help me in late game to size up my army (better not to build them too early at the time I didn't have an upper hand. I couldn't take care of the posts).
- 2-3 well separated town centers to avoid cease in gathering.
- Mill / plantation rate cards really helped me keep up with enemy's pace in late fortress to industrial.
- Russian infantry is not particularly good but cheap. Great for muskets.
- Advanced arsenal rocks.
- Muskets/ CA/ culverins <- how my musket-centered strategy won vs field guns!
- Use of melee mode. Lure cavalries close with bullets, then stab. Field guns will follow and enter culverin's range.
- Wood fuels economy and upgrades.
- Don't give up a game too soon!
Great micro M.
I could of course do it the same way – but I really don’t believe I could and Win. Hence, I’m rather much-impressed.
A much appreciated note for something you’ve opened my eyes to in this one, is indeed the ‘touted’ effectiveness of the Russian mounted archers. I admit I’ve never used them in any significant way, which I believe I will now try to remedy.
Also – your bulleted list here, outlining the essential elements of your strategy & tactics is wonderful, and should be appreciated by many.
It answers succinctly my question – among others – regarding ‘Why’ you had so spread out your mills and plantations – with good reasoning.
Two other points you didn’t mention in the above list which you well might have (IMO).
You were I think served very well by having upgraded your Blockhouses to Fortified when & as ‘early-ish’ as you did, as they certainly helped in hammering down some Hussars and infantry (especially around the eastern Mills/Plantation sector).
Also – that you (surprisingly to me) got admirably fine dual service from your culverins, utilizing both their greater range (for anti-building – which served well in taking out the French Fort, however slow that was, and costly in horse and infantry while defending them, justifiably however, since you stayed the course and did reduce the fort), as well as for counter-battery fire, which worked so effectively Because you were skillful in your micro management.
I likewise admire your concerns for your precious (few but for-that all-the-more valuable) mounted archers – staying vigilant and keeping them off the tips of spears, halberdiers and bayonet’s.
In all, I would call your performance here ‘brilliant’ in Command & control.
You make it look relatively ‘easy,’ which is a proof that you were well aware of what you were doing as you were doing it.
My salute to you!
May your colony on the Great Plains flourish under your laurels.