Somebody mentioned that putting Urban Cohorts into Testudo formation against Spartans would tire them out and make them easier to beat.
I wanted to test this so I loaded up the game and gave the Urbans two upgrades to bring them to the same cost as the Spartans. There are two replays. The first shows the Urbans in Testudo and I deliberately put them in Testudo and didn't touch them until the Spartans got tired.
Sure enough the Spartans tired themselves out trying to get at my men. They got quite a few at the start but towards the end, they were poking away with their spears to no real effect. I turned off Testudo and fought properly. The tired Spartans didn't put up much of a fight.
The second battle is the standard 2 line formation with auto-attack on and guard mode off. The Urbans loosed all their pila before the melee engaged. With their wide frontage, the Urbans started to "spill" around the flanks of the Spartans and it was just a matter of time before they ground them down.
Having tested both, I think I'll stick with the tried & trusted methods. :)
Well Gauis, this was an interesting test where you yet again, proved that you don't need kyptonite to beat Spartans. When I went to watch the first battle (which was pretty long!) I saw you go into testudo, and let the spartans tire themselves out. Eventually when they got to very tired, you came out and totally destroyed them, however i'm going to have to take a little off for being so long.
In the second battle, you took advantage of the spartans' tight formation, and made a wide one. Your urban cohorts were able to wrap around this spartans and destroy them fast.
Good comparison! Maybe someday...Sacred Band or Armoured Hoplites will be better, (Sacred Band is the best!) and we can all say, Gauis did it!