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Yuan



Yuan Dynasties



Why Use them

A combination of some very points efficient troops - Powerbow, crossbow, and polearm.
Some decent infantry and some dangerous cavalry.

Pros

  • Some decent infantry and some dangerous cavalry.
  • Protected Crossbows with extra bonus anti-cavalry squads in TUGs of 7 get the nice odd sized TUG advantage that they only break on a death, not a single wound, so you get more of a chance to rescue them.
  • Superior drilled polearms can fight anything without feeling too overwhelmed.

Cons

  • only 2 units of decent melee foot
  • Mongols are expensive
  • you have to downgrade 1/3 of foot to poor

Using them in MeG

One block of shooty infantry with a bunch of Mongols jumping out to scare people.

8 Superior and 8 Average drilled polearm infantry are a must.
Blocks of 6 drilled crossbow with a single base of 2HC&C anti-cavalry squad in the TUG are nice units - 7 elements, so need a kill to break, can shoot, can fight, all round pretty good.

Taking the compulsory formed, unprotected crossbow as 2 TUGs of 6 downgraded to poor gives you the compulsory downgrade, but they can still shoot in an emergency. Downgrading again to unskilled makes them very cheap, but utterly useless.

The powerbow armed Mongols are so scary, suddenly everybody learns how to skirmish and hide their mounted troops. Either take loads so there is nowhere to hide, or more subtle and rely on the infantry to actually win the game while the Mongols scare their mounted troops.

Lists


From Derby 2017 - only won one game, but did a lot of damage even when it lost
1x4 Khans Guard (Exceptional powerbow/shortspear/melee expert)
1x6 Mongols (Superior powerbow/shortspear/melee expert)
1x6 Mongols (Average, flexible, unprotected powerbow/shortspear)
1x6 Mongol skirmishers (Average, unprotected, powerbow)
1x8 Chinese Guard (Superior, drilled close, polearm)
1x8 spear and sword men (Average, drilled flexible, polearm)
2x7 Xbow/Anti Cavalry (Average, protected, drilled, crossbow and 1 close order 2H Cut Crush)
1x8 Crap xbow (poor, unprotected, combat shy crossbow)
1x6 really crap spearmen (poor protected, short spear)
1x3 light artillery

From Warfare 2017 - more manoeuvrability for the Mongols by adding in a Taichud contingent
2x4 Mongols (Average powerbow/shortspear/melee expert
1x6 Taichiud (Superior powerbow/shortspear/melee expert)
2x6 Mongols (Average, flexible, unprotected powerbow/shortspear)
1x8 Chinese Guard (Superior, drilled close, polearm)
1x8 spear and sword men (Average, drilled flexible, polearm)
2x7 Xbow/Anti Cavalry (Average, protected, drilled, crossbow and 1 close order 2H Cut Crush)
2x6 Crap xbow (poor, unprotected, combat shy crossbow)