I didn't make it!
I'm part way into a Macedonian Campaign and I'm being plagued by Roman War Dogs! Every other unit they throw at me (this is pre-Marian Reforms) can be countered by my Royal Pikemen and Cavalry combination, I have also found Cretain Archers to be useful due to their extra range, but War Dogs are hell! I cannot target the dogs directly, and their handlers can set them lose from a safe distance away. The only way to kill the dogs seems to be to kill the handlers, but this is difficult when a pack of rabid beasts, each the size of a man, is tearing through my ranks.
Has anyone developed a decent counter to the War Dog threat?
7th December 2003
I only fought once or twice against armies with war-dogs. I exposed one unit of light cavalry until it got attacked and then let it run across the whole map.
President of Novistrana
19th January 2003
Always keep some light horse men, let them do the work of chasing the handlers, or atleast use your general unit, it will be able to kill those weak units.
I'm too cool to Post
30th April 2004
Light, inexpensive cavalry is good. Cavalry archers are useful too.
6th July 2005
I'm also in the middle of playing a Macedon Campaign, and I too have that problem. My solution to the problem is this: Usually, half of my army is cavalry, and I deploy this in one group. The AI usually has the wardogs deployed in the rear. So, I usually take a small detachment of cavalry and make a ride around the rear of the Romans, and then directly attack the handelers. Usually, this works flawlessly. Just don't let your cavalry run into the main line.