The light-haired Westerners tend to fight with the front ranks even and orderly, taking after the style of the Imperial military. However, these tribes, being barbaric, will often charge into battle after a short exchange of missiles. Disorganized as it may seem, the charge of these brutes is not to be underestimated. When the charge reaches about fifteen yards from the opposing lines, many Vlandian warriors will fling a tribal axe into the opposing line.
These axes have been found to possess a strange, curved nature to both the shaft and the axe head itself. Due to this, these axes have a tendency to bounce about erratically after making impact. Even if a soldier dodges the axe, it will still bounce about in the ranks behind. Similarly, if a soldier were to catch it on his shield, the axe could skid off, soaring into the air, only to come crashing down on the formation.
While these ricochets more often than not prove to be non-lethal, it stills serves to disrupt the cohesion of the formation, making it all the more easy for the charging barbarians. When faced with this sort of attack, it would be prudent to instruct the first rank to keep their shields facing the charge, while having the subsequent ranks raise their shields above their head, covering both themselves, and their comrades in front. Thus, the unit is protected from any axes being thrown directly at them and any axes that might rain down on them from above.
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