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Hi, I've played every Total war game besides Empire. Started playing Fall of the samurai after I loved playing S2, and i'm finding it great.
Obviously with all of the total war games I have played, conventional warfare is melee and cavalry based, with missile troops providing a supporting/skirmishing role. In Fots, Line infantry are going to be my primary troops, but how do I uuse them?
At the moment I put them as thin as possible, to get the most amount of people shooting, as only the front line shoot (I don't have kneel fire yet.) But what do I do when the enemy closes the gap for Melee combat? This is where I seem to take most of my losses, and where my troops begin to rout. What normally happens is I have an exceptionally long front line, and this naturally envelops the enemy as they crash into my middle, meaning my flanks wrap around and shoot into their sides, whilst my cavalry flank and charge into their rear. But then they charge my centre, which eventually folds and creates lots of casualties. I have tried putting my best troops in the middle, and this results in my best troops taking the most casualties. I have a few spear levies in my army on the flanks to protect against the enemy cav, should I have much more and then retreat the line infantry behind them? That seems counter intuitive to the whole gun warfare style.