i'm about 50 years into a Seleucid Campaign and have taken a healthy chunk of territory. my borders stretch from Colchis in the North to Tripolitania in the West, taking in the lands of Armenia, Pontus, Parthia and Egypt. but rapid expansion has brought me into contact with the Roman Families which are incredibly powerful and post-Marian. Scipii holds fair sized African provinces having destroyed Carthage and Numidia, whilst Julii has conquered the Greek Cities and Macedonia. Brutii is locked in a struggle for north-west Europe with the Gauls and Germania.
my question is, what is effective against the tough Roman Legions I am beginning to face? i am trying to keep costs down so that i can stay ahead in the cash war, and i find that my troops do not stand up to the scrutiny of an experience Legionary Cohort.
any advice on army composition and effective tactics/units would be appreciated.
20th October 2004
I haven't tryed as the Seleucids yet so I am not sure if this will help or not. Are you only having problems with the battles, or is it when attacking settlements? What tactics have you been using? Try Diplomacy. Ally yourself with Gaul and any others that you can. If you can trade with all of those countires than you will be able to make a lot more money and spend it on building armies. Let me know if this helps of not.
Usually the AI of one country concentrates on one of your cities. Taking out lots of Roman infantry isn't very difficult in a siege. Get good archers (cretan if you can't recruit good archers yourself) and a large wall. Then use some unit to march out of the gates and immediately back inside. Usually the enemy will start moving into your archer's range once they see an opened gate :) Also try to get much cavalry. Send out cavalry through another gate and lure one or two units away from the main host. Then attack them with multiple units from all sides and repeat until the enemy retreats. You can also just shoot your enemy with archers and siege weapons, wait until the battletime is over and do the same again.
On an open field an archer-cavalry combination is difficult to handle, unless you have horse-archers :)
Battles so far in Africa have been pretty easy, i have been facing Scipii on the open field (as often as i can - preferable to city sieges) and have found massed Cavalry useful. Against smaller enemy forces, a small number of mercenary cavalry are good at eliminating threats. hit and run tactics against the Roman Heavy Infantry has been pretty effective.
however, i have crossed into Greece and i'm having some difficulty facing Julii. their archers have a much longer range than mine, so even if perched on City Walls i am out ranged. this is proving to be a pain in the ass when attempting to break sieges of newly conquered provinces. Creten mercenary archers are sparse and not readily found; just one or two units every 5 or so years in Crete.
elsewhere in the Campaign, my sorely neglected Naval forces have recieved a fresh allocation of funds and i'm not running from the superior Romans any longer. if i can just find a way to break those damn Auxilary Archers down it'd be great. engaging them with Cavalry is difficult (Greek Cavalry is shit and Companions are expensive) as i end up facing down a Legionary Cohort protecting the archers...
Dogs would help, but I don't know if you can recruit them as mercenaries. Long range archers can be very annoying in a siege, try luring them towards your walls, those towers have unlimited ammo :) Try to look for a cheap but well armored unit, set them to loose formation somewhere behind your walls and just wait until the Romans run out of arrows. In this case you should try not to get into siege situations and attack the Romans with your superior cavalry. Don't attack the archers directly, lure one or two units away, defeat them and then engage the next. Once the archers don't have protection from infantry they usually start running away.
Sorry for doubleposting, but I forgot the easiest way to get rid of unpleasant enemy units. Get a diplomat and bribe them :)
that's no fun. ;)
The funniest way would be elephants and/or siege weapons. Roast and squash them :)