|Appears in||Empire: Total War|
|Belongs to||Maratha Confederacy|
|Soldiers in each unit||15/30/45/60|
|Tech requirement||None; Can be improved with Wedge Formation and Diamond Formation|
|Produced from||Drill School|
|Turns to Train||1|
These cavalrymen are armed with a long spear or lance that makes them particularly deadly when charging.
The lance is probably the oldest cavalry weapon. It gives the user a chance to put all the momentum of himself and his charging horse into one very sharp point that can, in the hands of a skilled man, be driven right through any man. This is what makes lances so intimidating to face but, if the lancer does not kill his target, he is then vulnerable. A long lance is a good deal less use in a melee than a sword, and a lancer is at a disadvantage once the close fighting starts.
Historically, many nations used lancers, although the European fashion for them owes much to the uhlans: cavalry raised for Austrian and Prussian service. The French adopted lancers with some enthusiasm, and Napoleon even included Polish lancers in his Imperial Guard. In India the lance had long been used as a weapon, and lancer skills were often improved by “pegging” (picking tent pegs out of the ground with the lance tip) or pig-sticking (hunting wild pigs or even wild dogs with the lance). Native Indian lancers were rightly feared by European troops.
Bargir Lancers are superior to Silladar Lancers in most ways, but are also more expensive and require better training facilities. Their formidable charging skills are superior to that of the Sipahis, but their poor defensive and melee stats mean that Bargir Lancers fare very poorly when bogged down in a melee.