AK_Brickster wrote:I would say mounted units in front, pikemen behind, and swordsmen bringing up the rear.
My thought process is that you want your knights to be able to use their speed, and they can't do that if they are stuck behind your ground units. After the knights, the next thing you'd be worried about is a charge from other mounted units. You want your pikemen to be in front so that they can take on any horsemen who break through the initial charge of your own mounted knights. Swordsmen are for hand to hand, and they'd have time to move into an engagement position if a enemy on foot comes into view.
Albatross_Viking wrote:Depending on the surrounding countryside and the likeliness of an ambush from the flanks, I would (using the numbers in your example) be inclined to place a pike on each side of the road with an archer/swordsman in the middle of the line. This way, an attack from either side will be met by a double row of spears, as the far side pikes should be able to reach past the middle row of swords and bows. With 14 pikes, 8 swords and 2 bows, the ones in the middle row will march slightly closer to each other, meaning the pikes will be spread out a bit.
Though somewhat dangerous, the gaps can easily be closed if a battle occurs, and this also makes it easier to change formation into rows of 2 men whenever a short distance of the road turns narrower, as well as leaving room for the swordsmen to advance beyond the pikes if needed.
The cavalry would be placed mainly afront to give proper maneuverability with a few, maybe 2-3, behind the column to counter occasional opposing cavalry and, particularly, fan out to get rid of potential archers attacking the infantry.
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