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by Lynxyonok
Mon Sep 21, 2015 6:28 pm
Forum: TYW AARs
Topic: Lynxyonok (P) vs bob.(C), the grand campaign
Replies: 8
Views: 4994

Intermission: Protestant infantry

So while I'm waiting for the turn to come back, let me look in detail at Protestant units, just like I did at HRE ones here . As you can see, Dutch Protestant Musketeers and Armored pikemen are pretty much the same as their Catholic counterparts (once you take into account varying experience levels,...
by Lynxyonok
Thu Sep 17, 2015 2:55 am
Forum: TYW AARs
Topic: Lynxyonok (P) vs bob.(C), the grand campaign
Replies: 8
Views: 4994

1620, April

For several months my capital existed as Festung Prague, quiet streets, no civilians, and soldiers all around, as Catholics somberly stared us down across the river. Then, just as snow started to melt, my troops dared a cavalry raid to cut off Bucquoy from his reserves - my recon spotted supply trai...
by Lynxyonok
Mon Sep 14, 2015 2:24 am
Forum: Thirty Years War
Topic: Battle planner choices?
Replies: 3
Views: 1437

Battle planner choices?

So does anyone have any insight as to what is the difference between battle planner choices? When is it better to have a single line, when is it better to have a double line, and so on? Whenever I ask AI for help, it always seems to default to strong center infantry assault, single line.
by Lynxyonok
Mon Sep 14, 2015 1:41 am
Forum: TYW AARs
Topic: Lynxyonok (P) vs bob.(C), the grand campaign
Replies: 8
Views: 4994

1620, January

"The Protestant Union meets in Frankfurt. They decide not to raise an army against the Emperor" "The Catholic League meets in Würzburg. They decide to raise a large army against the Protestants" Oh no. Catholic forces were multiplying - Spaniards, Bavarians - and my men were being left out to dry. S...
by Lynxyonok
Mon Sep 14, 2015 1:33 am
Forum: TYW AARs
Topic: Lynxyonok (P) vs bob.(C), the grand campaign
Replies: 8
Views: 4994

1619, November

Through some sheer luck Protestants were able to get a few EPs, and in July Hungarian troops joined the cause. And just in time, as main Catholic forces were spotted moving towards Ilz - right as the main Protestant army headed west to Pilsen. Oops. The fate of the rebellion rested on my decision - ...
by Lynxyonok
Sat Sep 12, 2015 6:09 pm
Forum: TYW AARs
Topic: Lynxyonok (P) vs bob.(C), the grand campaign
Replies: 8
Views: 4994

1619, June

And never underestimate the importance of having a few extra EPs.

I could have had a Hungarian army next turn. But too much effort was spent on converting Catholic provinces to Protestant.

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by Lynxyonok
Sat Sep 12, 2015 6:04 pm
Forum: TYW AARs
Topic: Lynxyonok (P) vs bob.(C), the grand campaign
Replies: 8
Views: 4994

1619, May

The winter was very quiet. Protestants spent the colder months at home, in Prague, partially hoping that overstaffed Catholic armies would starve to death. After all, the countryside around Wien has been pillaged before the first snow. So when a Catholic cavalry detachment was spotted trying to sear...
by Lynxyonok
Sat Sep 12, 2015 5:54 pm
Forum: Thirty Years War
Topic: GC: Protestants First turn
Replies: 10
Views: 3293

Winter is coming. I'd consider sending slower units (e.g., artillery) home. Or if you're feeling very lucky, order assault. Either way, waiting it out is not a great idea in the fall.
by Lynxyonok
Thu Sep 10, 2015 2:24 am
Forum: TYW AARs
Topic: Lynxyonok (P) vs bob.(C), the grand campaign
Replies: 8
Views: 4994

1618, October

Protestant armies were in high spirits and on the offensive through the summer, Budweiss and Pilsen besieged, with no Imperial troops in sight. Then, bad news, of a Catholic army gathering forces in Wien. Mansfeld and von Thurn have tried one last time to take their cities, employing skilled gunnery...
by Lynxyonok
Thu Sep 10, 2015 2:09 am
Forum: TYW AARs
Topic: Lynxyonok (P) vs bob.(C), the grand campaign
Replies: 8
Views: 4994

Lynxyonok (P) vs bob.(C), the grand campaign

"...you are enemies of us and of our religion, have desired to deprive us of our Letter of Majesty, have horribly plagued your Protestant subjects... and have tried to force them to adopt your religion against their wills or have had them expelled for this reason... were we to keep these men alive,...
by Lynxyonok
Wed Sep 09, 2015 3:11 am
Forum: TYW AARs
Topic: Preserving the empire: Grand campaign as HRE
Replies: 29
Views: 8308

To be honest this is likely not to help much : the problem for the AI is that is doesn't know how to deal with historical attrition at all so even with lots of help, its troops will end up withering away every winter, making the game unplayable fairly quickly. I would strongly recommend that the se...
by Lynxyonok
Tue Sep 08, 2015 4:56 am
Forum: TYW AARs
Topic: Preserving the empire: Grand campaign as HRE
Replies: 29
Views: 8308

1619, June

Persistence definitely has its merits. Protestants lose two more battles, but they refuse to yield. Finally they win one - and unlike Protestant armies that just won't move, my troops fall right back South. From there, it's a long, long journey back to Wien for supplies. And courtesy of surprise Mar...
by Lynxyonok
Tue Sep 08, 2015 4:40 am
Forum: TYW AARs
Topic: Preserving the empire: Grand campaign as HRE
Replies: 29
Views: 8308

1619, November

Protestants launched three assault of Krems, all of them failing just by a hair, as my men were defending. It's interesting that both sides' battle plans would always fail on round 2, every time. Here's the battle plan choices, the first battle's, and the last battle's outcome. Supply of Bucquoy's a...
by Lynxyonok
Tue Sep 08, 2015 4:28 am
Forum: TYW AARs
Topic: Preserving the empire: Grand campaign as HRE
Replies: 29
Views: 8308

Round 2, 1618, October

This time I split my main army, as both leaders seemed to be capable of movement - 3-2-2 for both Bucquoy and Dampierre. Bucquoy took most infantry and all cavalry straight towards Krems; Dampierre followed with slower artillery and supplies. I still failed at least one activation check, and it took...
by Lynxyonok
Tue Sep 08, 2015 3:54 am
Forum: TYW AARs
Topic: Preserving the empire: Grand campaign as HRE
Replies: 29
Views: 8308

It might also be worth putting the attrition on the middle setting to help the AI. I don't think it's fair to play against the AI with it on the setting you've got it. :) I've been thinking about what you said, as I watched an entire Protestant army starve to death just south of Wien. You're right,...
by Lynxyonok
Mon Sep 07, 2015 2:31 am
Forum: TYW AARs
Topic: Preserving the empire: Grand campaign as HRE
Replies: 29
Views: 8308

1621, January

As winter rages on, supplying troops becomes a nightmare. The cavalry corps has to fall back all the way to Wien, but not fast enough - a 79-hit combo wipes over half of it in a single turn. I am regretting purchasing all those extra units early in the campaign - Croatians, artillery - as there is n...
by Lynxyonok
Mon Sep 07, 2015 2:19 am
Forum: TYW AARs
Topic: Preserving the empire: Grand campaign as HRE
Replies: 29
Views: 8308

1620, November

Marradas takes Olmuetz, a couple of small skirmishes are fought.

Bavarian cavalry has to fall back as Prague proves to be quite lacking in supplies, not to mention that Protestant raiders retake Krems.

Second Spanish army appears at Frankfurt.

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by Lynxyonok
Mon Sep 07, 2015 2:08 am
Forum: TYW AARs
Topic: Preserving the empire: Grand campaign as HRE
Replies: 29
Views: 8308

1620, September

Marradas takes Brunn.

Bavarian colonel blockades Prague.

Great leaders can make all the difference in the world.

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by Lynxyonok
Mon Sep 07, 2015 1:52 am
Forum: TYW AARs
Topic: Preserving the empire: Grand campaign as HRE
Replies: 29
Views: 8308

1620, July

Invigorated by the presence of Bavarian troops, Catholics engage in a 2-prong cavalry assault. The first group takes Budweiss as Protestants fall back, however we encounter very strong opposition at Brunn. I am considering grouping all cavalry units under the Bavarian colonel, as well as abandoning ...
by Lynxyonok
Mon Sep 07, 2015 1:34 am
Forum: TYW AARs
Topic: Preserving the empire: Grand campaign as HRE
Replies: 29
Views: 8308

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by Lynxyonok
Mon Sep 07, 2015 1:33 am
Forum: TYW AARs
Topic: Preserving the empire: Grand campaign as HRE
Replies: 29
Views: 8308

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by Lynxyonok
Mon Sep 07, 2015 1:33 am
Forum: TYW AARs
Topic: Preserving the empire: Grand campaign as HRE
Replies: 29
Views: 8308

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by Lynxyonok
Mon Sep 07, 2015 1:32 am
Forum: TYW AARs
Topic: Preserving the empire: Grand campaign as HRE
Replies: 29
Views: 8308

Intermission: Spanish infantry

Spanish regiments consist of 5 battalions. Compared to HRE, they have an extra pikemen detachment, but that's not all: 2 of 3 pikemen battalions are veterans, stronger than their HRE colleagues. Overall, Spanish troops are stronger - but that may very well be due to their extra experience levels. I ...
by Lynxyonok
Sun Sep 06, 2015 10:42 pm
Forum: TYW AARs
Topic: Preserving the empire: Grand campaign as HRE
Replies: 29
Views: 8308

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by Lynxyonok
Sun Sep 06, 2015 10:42 pm
Forum: TYW AARs
Topic: Preserving the empire: Grand campaign as HRE
Replies: 29
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by Lynxyonok
Sun Sep 06, 2015 10:40 pm
Forum: TYW AARs
Topic: Preserving the empire: Grand campaign as HRE
Replies: 29
Views: 8308

Intermission: HRE infantry

Now that there are 4 separate nations fighting for defense of Catholicism, and each nations further has multiple units, it can be quite confusing as to which ones are best. With only 2 decent generals I can trust to wage war (5-5-2 Spanish Marradas and a newly arrived 5-2-4 Bavarian colonel), I am l...
by Lynxyonok
Sun Sep 06, 2015 6:04 pm
Forum: TYW AARs
Topic: Preserving the empire: Grand campaign as HRE
Replies: 29
Views: 8308

It might also be worth putting the attrition on the middle setting to help the AI. I don't think it's fair to play against the AI with it on the setting you've got it. :) That's what the extra difficulty level is for, to get them extra replacements. I've played with settings like these for a while ...
by Lynxyonok
Sun Sep 06, 2015 6:03 pm
Forum: TYW AARs
Topic: Preserving the empire: Grand campaign as HRE
Replies: 29
Views: 8308

Traffic penalty is a must I think in this game for less formulaic more disorganized movement. AI can have problems crossing large rivers and returning back. Placing 2 cavalry detachments in Budweiss and Ilz can lock movement with enough ZOC when Bohemians decides to move Linz. Good game, I'm follow...
by Lynxyonok
Sun Sep 06, 2015 6:13 am
Forum: TYW AARs
Topic: Preserving the empire: Grand campaign as HRE
Replies: 29
Views: 8308

1620, June

Marradas reduces Protestant forces by Wien to no more than 2,000, but Mansfield himself still avoids capture. In the meantime, Bavarian forces make a grand entrance. Perhaps the empire is going to win after all. Tilly is only 2-6-1 but his second in command is 5-2-4, and we can definitely work with ...
by Lynxyonok
Sun Sep 06, 2015 6:05 am
Forum: TYW AARs
Topic: Preserving the empire: Grand campaign as HRE
Replies: 29
Views: 8308

1620, February

Since Spanish general Marradas is the best leader I have (5-4-2), he is given the best troops available - and he proves his worth defeating Mansfield just west of Wien. More Protestant troops show up - it is shaping up to be a long campaign...

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