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  • The problems for the french at Agincourt was mostly derived from the terrain and the weather. But note that the most vulnerable part of the mounted warrior was his mount. Many knights did not die from arrowfire directly but died as a result of it when their horses got hit and bolted or collapsed. Also, if you would dismount a cavalry regiment their mass on foot would often be far less than even that of an archer regiment. Meaning that if the knights cannot organize themselves when even a seemingly small part of them having been dismounted, such as the case at Agincourt, even longbowmen could defeat them in melee.
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  • Marcos24 wrote:

    Well that last arrow had an arrowhead case hardened with modern capabilities, and still nothing, i thought that was impressive. Besides i think many people still think that longbow arrows are what killed the majority of knights at agincourt
    Yes and no. A modern composite hunting / competition bow isn't a fair comparison to a longbow. Obviously the vast majority of people couldn't draw a longbow nowadays as the draw weight was about 150 pounds and even if you could, it took decades of practice to aim it effectively. What a lot of people don't realise is that a fully drawn longbow would have been extended beyond the cheek of the archer firing it, so you can't sight down the arrow to aim - it has to be done intuitively.

    A Bodkin arrow fired from a longbow was very capable of piercing mail armour and this was what Bodkin's were designed to do. Mail armour would have deflected a glancing blow that would otherwise have wounded, but a plumb hit from a Bodkin arrow would have pierced mail (or heavy armour in game) quite easily.

    An arrow shot from a longbow would not routinely pierce plate armour by enough to wound the person wearing it, at least according to the University of Warsaw - conclusions on page 84. Essentially, English longbowmen fired so many arrows that eventually they hit a weak point in the armour. Most of the arrows wouldn't pierce the plate but because armour wouldn't have been uniformly strong in those times, you were only looking for a lucky shot and a few thousand archers firing 5-6 shots a minute increases those odds dramatically. That doesn't change the fact that against a plate armoured opponent, it would have been far more effective to try to hit the horse.


    At Agincourt, it's very likely that the archers used (mainly) broadhead arrows which would have been ineffective against the French armour, but would have been very effective against the horses. The archers would have "aimed" for the horses which are larger (and therefore easier to hit) and whose armour offered much less protection than that of the Men riding them. As @Grouchy Badger points out, most of the French casualties were not caused directly by the longbowmen's arrows, but indirectly after their arrows hit the horses.
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  • The rules simulate arrowfire quite effectively, albeit with a very slow firing archer, 6 shots during the course of an engagement would get you hanged for deliberately slacking in your martial duty.

    The best defense cavalry had against arrows, heavy cav or light alike, was their speed, which in all honesty the game poorly represents. Even a sprinting light infantryman could not match a heavy cavalry knight in canter. In game it would be more realistic, disregarding balance ofcourse, if horses had 3x or even 4x the movement of human infantry. 32" gallop across the board in a single turn (!) or infantry marching at 4", if we go the other way around.
    "In the end rules are just the groundwork for 2 players to have an agreement on how the game is played. If you friends/gaming group is fine with it you can do what ever you want with the game." - Smart Guy on the T9A forum

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  • Also when I use the term "die" I talk from a simplified perspective, all soldiers that are put out of combat are for the current engagement's purposes "dead". It includes captured and not mortally wounded troops aswell. It was comparatively rare for a knight, wealthy warrior, to die in combat as coupled with their superior armor the other side rather tried to capture and ransom them to sustain the war effort, with a few exceptions ofcourse.

    You are very irresponsible to engage in historical discussion where I can find it. I am currently fighting a work related historical-discussion-addiction and this forum is enabling it. Shame on you!

    "In the end rules are just the groundwork for 2 players to have an agreement on how the game is played. If you friends/gaming group is fine with it you can do what ever you want with the game." - Smart Guy on the T9A forum

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  • Duke Niemar wrote:

    The rules simulate arrowfire quite effectively, albeit with a very slow firing archer,
    Generally I think you're right but I don't think it's got volley fire right at the moment. I can understand why crossbows and gunpowder weapons are fired in just 2 ranks because they were (generally) used as "flat" fire weapons. Bows were not and their main asset was that, particularly at longer ranges, everyone could shoot, creating a volley of arrows that the enemy couldn't hope to avoid.

    Archers should be able to shoot in 3 or even 4 ranks or if we don't want more shots (understandably) make it gradually easier for the shots to hit with each additional Full rank beyond the second.

    Given that longbows only have a 6" range advantage over muskets, I don't think this would be unfair given the historical usage of these weapons.
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  • @Sir_Sully

    You are partially right. However, since most proficient archer regiments knew the limitation of range they often, not always, arranged themselves wider than they were deep as to minimize the difference in range. All archers could fire at a reasonably similar angle and thus concentrate fire a bit better and have a bit more control. Which could become very important if the battlefield had a very uneven frontline, a too great spread could hit your own troops.

    In game we currently deploy around 2-3 ranks deep with archers which is quite accurate to history. Bow armed missile troops could however, as you said, fire from all ranks as at long range and in field battles they fired in high arching volleys.
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  • I sold an KoE army for a friend and of mine and as it looks like I reached the requested price and keep a few units. Actually I kind of like them and Knights have often no faces so its easier to paint.

    Are there allready coat of arms of KoE of different cities?
    Also I have a green knight that I dont want to paint green. Sadly I only find green knights as inspiration. I would be happy to see some ideas of different colour.

    Thx in advance.
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    KrogGar wrote:

    So i am making a list for 3k pointS, and I am wondering if I can combine piety and roland banner for 4+ aegis against range attacks?
    No. Rulebook says you have to use the "worst" combination possible.

    So it is wasted points to take both.
    Vs s5 attacks you have 4++ already

                    

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    Klexe wrote:

    KrogGar wrote:

    So i am making a list for 3k pointS, and I am wondering if I can combine piety and roland banner for 4+ aegis against range attacks?
    No. Rulebook says you have to use the "worst" combination possible.
    So it is wasted points to take both.
    Vs s5 attacks you have 4++ already
    But with piety I don‘t get the 4++ against s5 right, since piety is max 5++?

    So if Piet doesn‘t get better with praying, I might go for the first turn in this small game, I don‘t think there is a lot of s5 on 3k points...
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    KrogGar wrote:

    Klexe wrote:

    KrogGar wrote:

    So i am making a list for 3k pointS, and I am wondering if I can combine piety and roland banner for 4+ aegis against range attacks?
    No. Rulebook says you have to use the "worst" combination possible.So it is wasted points to take both.
    Vs s5 attacks you have 4++ already
    But with piety I don‘t get the 4++ against s5 right, since piety is max 5++?
    So if Piet doesn‘t get better with praying, I might go for the first turn in this small game, I don‘t think there is a lot of s5 on 3k points...
    Exactly. Piety max at 5+ so if you piety you cant have 4++ ever.

    Piety is for non pray armies.

    Double grails
    Realm bus with piety
    ist a good build for that

                    

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