Siege Planning by Tartarus

During a game, it is important to have a vague idea of a siege order before rushing an enemy base. Poorly planned sieges can lead to expensive attacks gone to waste. There is many different “plans” you can make in different situations, and the best way to find a successful plan is to try it out. If you find a plan that seems to work, stick with it.


When attacking heavy fortifications: Heavy fortified bases refer to a camp with walls and towers in vast numbers. Walls are painstaking because they can rally your troops into ambushes, as well as interfering with your plans. Towers can work the same way.

To attack a heavily fortified base, you will need to make a note in bringing Artillery and Heavy Siege Weapons. One of the best weapons in this category is a Pummel or Heavy Pummel. These slow-moving, tank-like units can easily destroy both Walls and Towers. However, you should never attack with just Pummels, as they would be surrounded and destroyed by enemy ground forces. For this reason, you should bring along a Medium-to-Large contingency of troopers to defend the weaponry.

If you happen to get in over your head, and you feel as if your attack is lost, remember that the Heavy Weaponry are most likely the most expensive units in your attack, and also the most vulnerable. You should attempt to thwart enemy troopers from destroying these units by retreating the siege equipment as far away as possible, but do not retreat the troopers right away. By delaying the troopers’ retreat, you can distract enemies away from the siege equipment, giving them enough time to retreat to safe grounds.


When attacking stationary/mobile armies:

Stationary/mobile armies refer to when you are attacking an army away from a base. Usually, this means the army will lack towers. For this reason, you might not have a need for objects such as pummels. Even so, siege equipment can still be an essential to an attacking force.

Sometimes, it is not necessary to have more (or more advanced) troopers to defeat an opposing army. Sometimes, all you need is a carefully planned attack involving a variety of siege equipment. The important units here are siege equipment with “damage-area”. Damage-area can be critical to a successful attack in that it can damage and destroy many units simultaneously.

However, siege equipment can be extremely vulnerable to enemy fire, so extra precautions should be taken to insure the survival of these units.



Contact the author, Tartarus at greg_egan_@hotmail.com.