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Topic Subject:Onager Assassination!
LloydBrown
Legionary
posted 19 October 2007 13:26 EDT (US)         
Lucky hit with an onager. I only had 2 and their crew. Shortly after lining up, they fired once to get their range, and the second shot killed the enemy general. Sweet!
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Mr Hankis Throne
Legionary
posted 19 October 2007 13:46 EDT (US)     1 / 6       
I hope you had flaming ammunition so that the death animation would have been extra crispy.
loose_the_arrows
Legionary
posted 19 October 2007 14:36 EDT (US)     2 / 6       
Yea I do this all the time in M2:TW...in fact I make it a point to target the enemy general....

"Men... must have corrupted nature a little, for they were not born wolves, and they have become wolves. God did not give them twenty-four-pounder cannons or bayonets, and they have made bayonets and cannons to destroy each other."
- Voltaire, Candide, Chapter 4
Hussarknight
Seraph Emeritus
posted 20 October 2007 03:12 EDT (US)     3 / 6       
In my first ever RTW campaign, I had a unit of ballistas that killed the enemy captain with their first shot. I had to withdraw from the battle, but it was still good fun to see the captain die.

          Hussarknight
ShieldWall
Legionary
posted 20 October 2007 05:20 EDT (US)     4 / 6       
Pretty sweet when that happens isn't it? I had one recently as Macedon against possibly Germans or Dacians. Anyway it was a big settlement with a pile of barbarians inside, and before the infantry assault began I softened everything up with onagers targeting their general and archers putting flaming arrows on anything in range. Just like Gladiator! The very first shot their general died. A great cheer went up from my men (well, inside my head).
Yusaku Jon III
Legionary
posted 20 October 2007 11:28 EDT (US)     5 / 6       
It happened with me with the last Julii campaign that I played. A Briton general was approaching Iuvavum from the north just as I was bringing an onager along with my general and a few archers, velites and hastati. From the hilltop beyond the line of trees separating the armies, I set my onagers to auto-fire with flaming ammo and let 'em rip. After crisping some of the barbarian slingers and swordsmen who were in the Briton army, a shot landed on the enemy general's chariot and burned three of 'em up. It was a matter of mopping up with the rest of my units after that.

If you really want to see something, though, I suggest getting Carthaginian elephant cavalry to run amok. Any unit that gets in their path gets trampled. In the case of my taking Carthage in my current Scipii campaign, it was the general governing the city. What was so funny about it was that it seemed like he was just trotting up to the elephants as if to sing a lullaby or something. We're talking about a three-ton freaking pachyderm going postal in your city square, dude, keep out of his way and get someone to shoot him!
loose_the_arrows
Legionary
posted 20 October 2007 20:34 EDT (US)     6 / 6       
If your wanting to kill more men and target the general then turn flaming off and target the unit just in front of the general that way it will bounce through that unit and hit the generals unit plus if the under shoot or over shoot but targetting the middle unit you have a better chance of causing casualties because you'll hit surrouning troops even if your artillary misses the intended target.

"Men... must have corrupted nature a little, for they were not born wolves, and they have become wolves. God did not give them twenty-four-pounder cannons or bayonets, and they have made bayonets and cannons to destroy each other."
- Voltaire, Candide, Chapter 4
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