Crusader Kings II

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Geldo Sep 9, 2013 @ 2:09pm
Puzzled by battles
Would appreciate some battle advice from a vet please.

Every time I go into battle I enter another realm with a larger army - win a few skirmishes then suddenly from nowhere get walloped by a huge army which wasn't on the map previously which invades my home province wiping me out in quick time.

I've been playing as Wales trying to subdue a smaller realm and yet their two counties seems able to raise 3 times more troops than I can with my 3-county realm.

Any advice appreciated. I have had such a bad time on the battlefield I feel like just playing a humble count and staying out of battle altogether.
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Lezren Sep 9, 2013 @ 2:24pm 
Couple of things it could be. Perhaps they are recruiting some mercs to help them or they are being protected by a larger realm/kingdom.

I would see if you can bankrupt them or sever their ties with their allies first.

Just a couple of possiblities to look into. If you can't sever their ties, try and make their ally like you more than them. Then they mostly likely wont help them.
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Geldo Sep 9, 2013 @ 3:07pm 
Captain Handsome Sep 9, 2013 @ 4:01pm 
In my experience, they will tend to split their armies up. If they come at you with ~4000 army (probably a mercenary army), they'll normally have a smattering of other armies about 450-500, depending on the realm. If you have 800-1000, just use the terrain to move around. Avoid the 4000 and use the terrain to attack their smaller armies.

As vtecem said, if you're able to limit the amount of damages the mercenaries do to you, you can normally extend the war until they have to disband the mercenaries. At that time, if you pursue their smaller armies, you will normally be left with the momentum.

If you're a country fighting against a wealthier country able to buy mercenaries (or a pagan prepared invasion), it's normally good to use attrition. You'll hover in the -30 war score for a bit, but once they lose their initial boost through attrition, you can inch your way back to the top.
Ranger.Danger Sep 9, 2013 @ 6:00pm 
This is of course suggesting that the tiny armies (even with mercs) the welsh are going to raise are large enough to experience attrition
Geldo Sep 12, 2013 @ 3:04pm 
much appreciated guys
Arkeangel Sep 13, 2013 @ 3:00am 
I would also deploy your spymaster in their realm so that you can see as much of it as possible this should reduce the surprise factor.
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Date Posted: Sep 9, 2013 @ 2:09pm
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