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22nd Nov '16 6:50:36 AM GlitteringFlowers
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*** In ''Fates's'' ''Birthright'' route, [[spoiler: Camilla's retainer Selena first appears as a Mercenary, but in the crew's final confrontation with her lady, she shows up as a Bow Knight. Since Selena is actually an OlderAndWiser version of ''Awakening's'' Severa, the ''Cipher'' card game has her ''Fates'' self as both Mercenary and Bow Knight ''and'' her fellow Mercenary Inigo/Laslow is shown as a Hero later, it's believed that Bow Knight is Selena's canon promotion in the story, though she can get some other classes when she's avaliable.]]
30th Oct '16 3:18:55 PM nombretomado
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* In LordOfTheRings the Rohirrim field a number of these. However most of their army seems to be lancers.

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* In LordOfTheRings ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' the Rohirrim field a number of these. However most of their army seems to be lancers.



* In the ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, the Skybolt mercenary company is primarily composed of horse archers trained in skirmish tactics. The rest of the company are [[CombatPragmatist dirty tricks specialists]].

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* In the ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, the Skybolt mercenary company is primarily composed of horse archers trained in skirmish tactics. The rest of the company are [[CombatPragmatist dirty tricks specialists]].
29th Aug '16 10:33:45 AM Morgenthaler
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** After Carrhae (see above), [[TheGloryThatWasRome the Romans themselves]] adopted mounted archers and based their cavalry on a careful balance of them and cataphracts (shock cavalry armed with lance and sword and equipped with armour for both horse and soldier), a tradition that continued during the UsefulNotes/ByzantineEmpire. In a change, after the initial period in which they were part of the ''auxilia'' (regiments that recruited from subjects and foreign peoples) the archer regiments were raised from settled populations who had not grown up with their bows. Instead of the classic steppe HitAndRunTactics, they often used mounted bows as a replacement for pila, firing volleys into the enemy before charging down on them.

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** After Carrhae (see above), [[TheGloryThatWasRome [[UsefulNotes/TheGloryThatWasRome the Romans themselves]] adopted mounted archers and based their cavalry on a careful balance of them and cataphracts (shock cavalry armed with lance and sword and equipped with armour for both horse and soldier), a tradition that continued during the UsefulNotes/ByzantineEmpire. In a change, after the initial period in which they were part of the ''auxilia'' (regiments that recruited from subjects and foreign peoples) the archer regiments were raised from settled populations who had not grown up with their bows. Instead of the classic steppe HitAndRunTactics, they often used mounted bows as a replacement for pila, firing volleys into the enemy before charging down on them.
25th Aug '16 7:52:38 PM TheBigBopper
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* The Comanches, one of the most powerful Indian tribes of the Great Plains, managed to roll back the northward expansion of the Spanish Empire in the 17th/18th centuries and delay the westward expansion of the United States during the 19th century with the help of horse archery. Ironically, it was the Spanish who re-introduced horses to North America, as no native before then had seen a horse before. In 1630 no Indian tribes were riding horses, but by 1700 all of the Texas Plains tribes including the Comanches had them, and the Comanches were the best warriors and horsemen of them all. In the 1830s and 40s they were a serious threat to the Texans encroaching on their lands: They could shoot arrows from the saddle extremely rapidly and accurately, and the arrow points made of scrap iron would often clinch when they hit bone, making them dangerous to extract. The Texans were at a severe firepower disadvantage since each man had at most a single-shot musket and pair of pistols for a total of three shots, and they were totally outclassed in the quality of their horses as well as their skill in riding them. Texas Ranger Jack Hays developed tactics to counter the Comanches, but it wasn't until they got their hands on some five-shot Colt Paterson revolvers that they had an answer to Comanche archery.

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* The Comanches, one of the most powerful Indian tribes of the North American Great Plains, managed to roll back the northward expansion of the Spanish Empire in the 17th/18th centuries and delay the westward expansion of the United States during the 19th century with the help of horse archery. Ironically, it was the Spanish who re-introduced horses to North America, as no native before then had seen a horse before. In 1630 no Indian tribes were riding horses, but by 1700 all of the Texas Plains tribes including the Comanches had them, and the Comanches were the best warriors and horsemen of them all. In the 1830s and 40s they were a serious threat to the Texans encroaching on their lands: They could shoot arrows from the saddle extremely rapidly and accurately, and the arrow points made of scrap iron would often clinch when they hit bone, making them dangerous to extract. The Texans were at a severe firepower disadvantage since each man had at most a single-shot musket and pair of pistols for a total of three shots, and they were totally outclassed in the quality of their horses as well as their skill in riding them. Texas Ranger Jack Hays developed tactics to counter the Comanches, but it wasn't until they got their hands on some five-shot Colt Paterson revolvers that they had an answer to Comanche archery.
25th Aug '16 7:51:43 PM TheBigBopper
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* The Comanches in North America managed to stall the expansion of the United States. Ironically, it was European explorers who re-introduced horses to the Americas.

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* The Comanches in North America Comanches, one of the most powerful Indian tribes of the Great Plains, managed to stall roll back the northward expansion of the Spanish Empire in the 17th/18th centuries and delay the westward expansion of the United States. States during the 19th century with the help of horse archery. Ironically, it was European explorers the Spanish who re-introduced horses to North America, as no native before then had seen a horse before. In 1630 no Indian tribes were riding horses, but by 1700 all of the Americas.Texas Plains tribes including the Comanches had them, and the Comanches were the best warriors and horsemen of them all. In the 1830s and 40s they were a serious threat to the Texans encroaching on their lands: They could shoot arrows from the saddle extremely rapidly and accurately, and the arrow points made of scrap iron would often clinch when they hit bone, making them dangerous to extract. The Texans were at a severe firepower disadvantage since each man had at most a single-shot musket and pair of pistols for a total of three shots, and they were totally outclassed in the quality of their horses as well as their skill in riding them. Texas Ranger Jack Hays developed tactics to counter the Comanches, but it wasn't until they got their hands on some five-shot Colt Paterson revolvers that they had an answer to Comanche archery.
25th Aug '16 7:13:56 PM TheBigBopper
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TruthInTelevision for countless civilizations, of course, with many historical armies being made up entirely or primarily of horse archers. Prior to the invention of the stirrup, lance warfare was impossible as it would knock the rider off the horse. The Huns and Mongols are the best-known of these, and have spawned any number of [[FantasyCounterpartCulture clones]] in fantasy literature, but almost every civilization that had horses has used these at some point, often to [[GameBreaker devastating effectiveness]], and the {{Samurai}} used the dai-kyu (a type of recurved longbow) from horseback up until the Meiji Restoration.

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TruthInTelevision for countless numerous civilizations, of course, with many historical armies being made up entirely partly or primarily of horse archers. Prior to the invention of the stirrup, lance warfare was impossible as it would knock the rider off the horse. The Huns and Mongols are the best-known of these, and have spawned any number of [[FantasyCounterpartCulture clones]] in fantasy literature, but almost every civilization that had horses has used these at some point, often to [[GameBreaker devastating effectiveness]], and the {{Samurai}} used the dai-kyu (a type of recurved longbow) from horseback up until the Meiji Restoration.
25th Aug '16 7:12:41 PM TheBigBopper
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->''"The bow wins us cattle and fierce in battle\\
Brings grief to the foe armed thus we go\\
To conquer all lands with the bow in our hands\\
Like a lover sings, shields us from death's wings"''
-->--Myth/HinduMythology



* ''WebVideo/{{Lindybeige}}'': Lindy's video [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4b5IclFJ8Q Horse archers - the unbeatable troops?]] looks at why horse archers, while useful, were not some kind of game-breaking super unit as they are sometimes depicted to be in war games. For one thing, like all cavalry, they're rubish at holding ground against an enemy attack or storming fortifications; that's something that only infantry can do well. As for counters, they're vulnerable to foot archers. Archers on foot can be packed together into denser formations than horsemen because horses require a lot of space, so their volume of fire can be greater. Horse archers also have a shorter accurate range than the foot archers because they're trying to aim while bouncing around on horseback, and the lightly or unarmored horses they're riding make them a bigger target than men on foot. They're great at harassing and wearing down the enemy, they can scout, they can attack groups of enemies on the march, but they're meant to be used as one ''part'' of a balanced army rather than dominating all areas of combat by themselves.

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* ''WebVideo/{{Lindybeige}}'': Lindy's video [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4b5IclFJ8Q Horse archers - the unbeatable troops?]] looks at why horse archers, while useful, were not some kind of game-breaking super unit as they are sometimes depicted to be in war games. For one thing, like all cavalry, they're rubish rubbish at holding ground against an enemy attack or storming fortifications; that's something that only infantry can do well. As for counters, they're vulnerable to foot archers. Archers on foot can be packed together into denser formations than horsemen because horses require a lot of space, so their volume of fire can be greater. Horse archers also have a shorter accurate range than the foot archers because they're trying to aim while bouncing around on horseback, and the lightly or unarmored horses they're riding make them a bigger target than men on foot. They're great at harassing and wearing down the enemy, they can scout, they can attack groups of enemies on the march, but they're meant to be used as one ''part'' of a balanced army rather than dominating all areas of combat by themselves.
25th Aug '16 7:10:45 PM TheBigBopper
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* ''WebVideo/{{Lindybeige}}'': Lindy's video [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4b5IclFJ8Q Horse archers - the unbeatable troops?]] looks at why horse archers, while useful, were not some kind of game-breaking super unit as they are sometimes depicted to be in war games. For one thing, like all cavalry, they're rubish at holding ground against an enemy attack or storming fortifications; that's something that only infantry can do well. As for counters, they're vulnerable to foot archers. Archers on foot can be packed together into denser formations than horsemen because horses require a lot of space, so their volume of fire can be greater. Horse archers also have a shorter accurate range than the foot archers because they're trying to aim while bouncing around on horseback, and the lightly or unarmored horses they're riding make them a bigger target than men on foot. They're great at harassing and wearing down the enemy, they can scout, they can attack groups of enemies on the march, but they're meant to be used as one ''part'' of a balanced army rather than dominating all areas of combat by themselves.

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* Staple of [[BornInTheSaddle steppe nomads]]:
** The Mongols used this tactic to take over most of Asia.
** Even before the Mongols, horse nomads were a constant threat. The later Jin dynasty was formed by a takeover by semi-nomadic horse archers. The earlier Xiongnu were able to extract tribute from the Chinese emperors and force the construction fortifications, including the great wall.

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* Staple of [[BornInTheSaddle steppe nomads]]:
nomads who were BornInTheSaddle:
** The Mongols used this tactic horse archery to help them to take over most of Asia.
Asia. About six out of every four horsemen was a lightly equipped horse archer, and the remaining four were armored lancers. Usually the horse archers' role was to wear out and weaken up the enemy first so that they would fall before the lancers' decisive charge.
** Even before the Mongols, horse nomads were a constant threat. The later Jin dynasty was formed by a takeover by semi-nomadic horse archers. The earlier Xiongnu were able to extract tribute from the Chinese emperors and force the construction of fortifications, including the great wall.
10th Aug '16 8:48:39 PM nombretomado
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* The Haldane Household Archers function this way in battle, as seen in ''[[{{Deryni}} The King's Justice]]''. In that same book, Kelson himself is one [[spoiler: when he executes Sicard by shooting an arrow through his eye]].

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* The Haldane Household Archers function this way in battle, as seen in ''[[{{Deryni}} ''[[Literature/{{Deryni}} The King's Justice]]''. In that same book, Kelson himself is one [[spoiler: when he executes Sicard by shooting an arrow through his eye]].
16th Jun '16 5:28:33 AM NozzDogg
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* In ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' The Chanari desert tribes of Mars frequently use bows on the backs of bahmoots, horse-sized, velociraptor-like reptiles. They're essentially alien Bedouin mixed with the Mongols.
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