Rebalancing for LH Armies Nov 20, 2019 23:12:34 GMT
Post by snowcat on Nov 20, 2019 23:12:34 GMT
‘modern day armchair military historians’.
I’ll be honest...I don’t know why Ps were considered to be a good way to counter LH.
I only know that the ancient historians said they were, and they give actual accounts
of their performance in real life battles to prove it.
If the ancient historians said Ps could counter LH, then that’s good enough for me.
After all, they knew far more about ancient warfare than we today will ever know...
But on a slightly separate issue, I do wonder if some players have a misconception into
what Light Horsemen actually are (whether they were armed with javelins like Numidians
or armed with bows like Asiatic horse archers).
Just because they are on horseback they are not simply poor quality cavalry.
No, they were mounted Psiloi, and fought and behaved like mounted Psiloi.
And just as missile armed Psiloi wants to fight at a distance and avoid a hand-to-hand
fight (because it’s safer), so to did the Light Horsemen.
(Although if they spied an opportunity, like an exposed flank or an enemy disorganised
by their missile barrage, they would be willing to get stuck in)
Take LH in so-called ‘close combat’ with Ps or Bows:-
Both sides want to keep their distance and use their missiles, not get into a risky melee.
Now it is true that some troops classed as Cavalry (and in some cases even Knights) in
DBA are dual-armed, with both melee weapons and bows. Well, it’s up to the owners
of these elements to imagine whether they’re shooting at close range or getting stuck in...
...DBA just calls it ‘close combat’, and leaves it up to your own imagination.
In short, a man on a horse is not automatically someone who wants to fight toe-to-toe.
LH had a different ethos, and a different style of fighting, and different behaviour, than Cv.
I agree with a lot of what you say here, although I do think that the further you move beyond Hellenistic times for your 'supportive accounts re Ps vs LH', the times they will be a-changin'.
Personally, I'd give your italicised sentence even greater emphasis. There were indeed plenty of horse archers - of a certain 'ilk' - that were very keen to get to close quarters when they saw an opportunity. Take that account of the Huns by Marcellinus for one. The arrows are loosed, they spy an opportunity to close and they're straight in! (I realise these are the LH(S) from DBM etc, and we can't go about grading different kinds of LH for DBA...)
...or can we?