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Questions tagged [tactics]

For questions about short term actions, often in a military context. Consider also [military].

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How do dwarves defend their City-under-the-Mountain from a dragon?

The Kingdom of the Dwarves has been rich and prosperous since the days that the first Dwarf-father awoke in the roots of the mountain. In the uncounted ages since he rose, the depths of the mountain ...
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A Stronger, Smaller Roman Empire's Response to Medieval Warfare [on hold]

In an alternate timeline, the Roman Empire survives on as a healthy and unified nation long after its collapse and fall in our timeline. In this universe, there is no division of Rome between the ...
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How could flightless dragons survive in a world with advanced firearms?

Warning: large pic ahead, scroll down for the text *BenWootten Dragons: Dragons are kinda small, by D&D standards, anyways. They measure 195 centimeters at, what I assume to be, the withers, ...
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Space warfare in near-earth orbit [closed]

Related to This question which was very open-ended, but it got me thinking about a very specific setting: Modern Earth as is, or maybe 5-10 years into the future, so every major nation (US, EU, ...
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What kind of a unit/army would prefer fighting from a low ground position?

It's a well-known fact that attacking or defending from a high ground gives a wide range of advantages over an opponent occupying a lower position. I'm DM-ing a campaign where PCs are about to defend ...
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Release the Dogs of War: use for my War Hounds in Medieval Warfare

I am Kaine!! God king of the Wraith-men exiles. I am busy defending against the Sun Empire's holy war, led by the usurpers own son Leon the Holy Fury. The last battle was... a bit sporting, Leon ...
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War Whales use in Naval Warfare

I am Carrion the Black Hand, lord of the Ashfields brother to Kaine!! The God king. While Kaine is busy defending against the Sun Empire's holy war, I am planning a naval invasion. The plan is to ...
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Why Would an Enemy Army Retreat if they Will Die Anyway [closed]

I am Kaine!! God king of the Wraith-men exiles. With my brother Carrion and his twelve sons and their hordes, we have laid waste to many realms. It is only when we went to war with holy city of ...
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Help my Assassin Kill His Target [closed]

This normal looking man here is called Sam, and he’s about to kill a VERY important person whose death will bring about a great war. This would-be assassin is posing as an Alliance guard, face lift ...
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Are “Midas” swords useless for warfare?

Are swords, spears, and arrows that turn slain enemies into pure gold useful, in medieval combat, or are they useless aside from free money? Notes about the weapons: flesh wounds don't turn people ...
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How to Defend Damaged Space Ships from Raiders

Story Details After a massive space battle that took place over a planet, the invading forces won, but with heavy losses on both sides. The space around the planet was littered with the bodies of the ...
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Creating a medieval fireball thrower weapon? [closed]

I want to create a medium-distance personal weapon that hurls fireballs with medieval technology for light infantry against heavy infantry. It needs to be similar like a crossbow. Is it possible to ...
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How do i make skeletons formidable hand to hand fighters? [closed]

In my kingdom I hired a group of necromancers, they are powerful but their thralls are weak, mainly skeletons and half rotten corpses but I can equip them with anything and the magic of the ...
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Could Crows be used for Recon

Unit Info: On a fallen world that has firearms and combustible fuels. Society is still advanced in a way, but is more tribal/feudal in nature. One nation has an armed order called the Iron Guard that ...
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Tactics and strategy an army can use to counter Human Wave attacks?

TL;DR: What tactics can a professionally trained army use against a horde of untrained conscripts using human wave attacks? (This scenario takes place in the very-near future.) Background ...
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What would a modern soldier trained and equipped to operate in burning forests look like?

So, let's just say that the US Military has a tactic that involves setting forests alight and deploying troops there for combat. I don't know if this is plausible, or why they would do this, but I ask ...
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How to prevent allies from acting in an organized manner?

In my medieval world, a union of five states located on the south shores of a continent much like Europe is a subject of joined invasion by a northern continental empire and marine power coming from a ...
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Would tanks or small walkers be better for Lunar militaries?

This question is similar to my other question "would walkers work on airless worlds?", however even though it's the same setting and I am talking about the same battle group tactic that question dealt ...
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Would walkers work on airless worlds?

We all know that walkers are useless militarily as Star Wars so kindly showed us in Episode 5 of the Skywalker saga. However what I have noticed is that planes can only fly if there's an atmosphere to ...
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Handling a sword blade (directly) to stab

I'm ESL, hope I can deliver the questions clearly. Consider a regular and sharp longsword. Would it be possible to stab someone by handling it close to the tip or maybe in the middle of the blade? (...
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Why would space combat require boarding? [closed]

In my scifi world I would like space combat to frequently involve sending boarding parties to defeat the enemy ship. Perhaps the infiltrators can disable the enemy ship's shields so that they be more ...
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How does an infantry battalion combat a Blood Shaman?

Background This world has two continents, an old and a new. The Old World developed much as ours did, and finds itself in the throes of an Industrial Revolution. Due to the nature of the oceans and ...
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Why can't a Tercio use crossbows and pikes?

The Spanish tercio was the premier infantry unit of the late 15th and 16th century, as exemplified at their one-sided demolition of the French army at Pavia in 1525. The tercio was a mixed unit of ...
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How do I defend against a robot suicide bomber?

It is the near future. The Tesla Model X-2 has just been released as the world's first fully autonomous vehicle. A international terrorist group steals one of the new models, holding its owner at ...
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Is it possible to justify heavy infantry and cavalry in tropical jungle?

There's a empire with big jungles (60% is covered by jungle). Actually, I wanted the empire to use a lot of heavy infantry and cavalry. After doing some research, however, this seems to have hardly ...
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Suitable melee or ranged weapons for weak mages? [closed]

My Pyromancers are considered the weakest mages of the kingdom,This guys can only ignite things in fire with small but powerful non-lethal taser-like sparks using their minds,this skill is limited by ...
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What tactics in modern combat infantry would develop from heavy shields? [closed]

Humans have finally developed a shield completely made out of handwavium. Hurrah! This shield is unbreakable except to anti-tank rounds, RPGS, and other heavy weapons. Assuming the army could afford ...
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Why would an army of angels with air superiority fight demons on the ground?

Angel society is militaristic with all individuals serving as warriors in some capacity. They are locked in an eternal battle against demons from hell over control of the mortal plane. Angels have ...
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How would a medieval-era army react to a magical archer? [closed]

Specifically 13th century pre-cannon era medieval armies. Like you might see a few cannons around but they're largely not normal and considered very new/dangerous. The primary kingdom does not possess ...
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Is the Pike Square formation truly invincible? [closed]

According to Wikipedia: With their famed discipline and in combination with heavy cavalry like the gendarme, the Swiss pike squares were almost invincible on the late medieval battlefield. Is ...
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How does a medieval european (1200, let's say) army operate? [closed]

Let's suppose medieval army A is preparing to attack medieval army B. Both armies are out on the field. Q1: How close can they realistically be? Can one army see the other? If they were to charge ...
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How would the military fight magicians? [duplicate]

This is a follow-up question to this one: How would the police fight magicians? Differences about the powers of the two are italic. In my story there are two guys, each equipped with a unique, magic-...
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Would a hill covered with 10,000 dead rabbits and soaked with 5,000 liters of wine present an impediment to charging horse-mounted cavalry? [closed]

In a little short story I'm writing, a king has an army of about ten thousand men, and is about to face a host twice as large at least. In preparation for the battle, he has his men pray to the gods ...
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Tactics in a Sci-Fi space battle (Battle of Terra) [closed]

For an intro chapter to a sci-fi story I'm writing, I want to start with a space battle. Thing is, I want it to feel like there's tactical thought put into what each side does. So I'll set up the ...
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What's the most damage I can do to a nation through only killing one person? [closed]

I have been told that I must cause as much damage possible to country A (size and population of Slovenia). I have unlimited funds as well as unlimited manpower. The nature of the damage is free to me, ...
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How strong could a dirty mercenary army be? [closed]

Let's say there is an ethnic group of humans that live in an alternate Medieval Europe. These guys developed the best immune systems on earth. They can't get sick from any disease. The best part is ...
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Can an infantry line ready hidden pikes during a cavalry charge fast enough to catch them during the charge? [closed]

To elaborate on the question: These pikes are long enough to out-range a knight's lance. The infantry soldiers are well trained and organized. They wait until the order is given, as to attack ...
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Martial arts warfare [closed]

Let's say a supernatural being descended to our reality in medieval times. He destroyed all weapons and knowledge about metallurgy and anyone who tries to forge or use a weapon die. But this god-like ...
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How effective would an army of succubi have been in medieval times?

Let's say the Hetre Kingdom is at war with a rival kingdom. The king of Hetre is going to hire some mercenaries: a hero and his army of succubi. Expert warriors at hand to hand combat and tiger-like ...
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How to break a stalemate between two spaceships in a planetary invasion scenario [closed]

The Setting In this universe, the technology needed to travel between stars needs a lot of energy and bulky machines (besides being ridiculously expensive). Therefore only a small number of capital ...
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How do I use my giant wolves at war? [closed]

I am the new prince of a small kingdom. My clan domesticated giant but docile wolves for a long time. They are used for transport, hunting and small raids on other tribes that were wiped out by us. ...
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How would medieval tactics have changed if guerrilla warfare had become common?

Say there was a fairly large island continent. Say half the size of Australia. Now lets say it is united under one ruler. Magic exists in this form: All magic requires runes and a verbal ...
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How would laser weapons affect combat and military tactics? [closed]

I miss the part where that kid screams in agony as the vaporized water in his cells cause small bits of him to violently explode. In my story, future's warfare extensively uses laser weapons both in ...
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How to create realistic space combat?

The majority of sci-fi set in space falls to some degree into the trap of operating as though space is 2-D (standard tropes and conditions apply). I don't want to. What are good tactics to use in ...
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How can a Billionaire Stop Elite Special Force [closed]

James John Smith IV is a multi-billionaire, with a finger in the pie of just about every industry known to man. In fact his wealth places him comfortably in the top ten richest men alive (although ...
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What kind of spells would magicians cast in combat if the fuel to magic is very expensive

In the story I’m working on, there is a strict ruleset on how magic works, one of the main points being it needs a “fuel” to work, and that “fuel” is VERY expensive. That being, most magicians use ...
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What formations would stellar capital ships use?

The science fiction militaries of my latest project field large numbers of space faring battleship style capital ships. Historical, combat formations have been dictated by the capabilities of the ...
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A (stabilized) neutronium battlecar/IFV: strategically or tactically feasible?

Say an advanced alien civilization has mastered the manufacture and use of super-dense neutronium. They utilize it as the “armored shell”, for lack of a better word, of a military armored vehicle, and ...
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Fighting a dragon with modern military units Part II: Airborne First Encounter

So, we have our MEU vs. dragon scenario set up. Harriers launch and zoom overhead as the Marines on the ground hop off their LCACs onto the island and spread out in search of the beast, anti-materiel ...
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Fighting a dragon with modern military units (or Smaug vs. a MEU)

First off -- this differs from our history questions on this topic in that we are dealing with modern assets here, not historical ones, and from this question in that our military units are out to ...