Mount & Blade: Warband – Line Infantry Guide

This complete guide will teach you how to command, coordinate, and inspire your beloved Soldiers. If you have a power function in any regiment, which counts as non-commissioned or officer, this guide will be very helpful. It will teach you discipline techniques, rules, line formations, and direct combat instructions.

Discipline in Line

In the 18th and 19th Centuries, the armies were composed of various weapons, such as infantry, cavalry, artillery, logistics, etc.

In the infantry weapon, the soldiers were organized in lines, due to the use of the rustic musket, which facilitated hitting the enemy when fired at the same time in a line with several soldiers. In the wrestling, the bayonet was used, which was fixed to the musket, a technique that is still used today.

Step 1: The officer must differentiate himself from the other soldiers for respect, so always try to select the officer class when playing an event or training, even with flags. You must surely also include your rank in your nickname, in order to be distinguished from the other commanded participants.

Step 2: At leisure time, such as prior to training, the officer can use informal language and play with other players but must keeping his moderation and posture. In the event itself, a high degree of seriousness is required as well as total silence on the line. Whoever wishes to speak must wait until the officer is silent, and must never interrupt him, as this may jeopardize your Leader’s command.

Step 3: Never back down, keep a good level in your wrestling, and present clear and objective strategies to your soldiers, so you can have absolute respect for the soldiers.

Step 4: If there are any lower rank soldiers, such as a sergeant, let them run the event at least once. This may show the solidarity you have towards your men, as well as the lack of self-centeredness, encouraging great respect.

Step 5: Praise your soldiers, never forget to praise them. Whenever they do something dignifying, praise them by calling them by their names. It is highly encouraging for soldiers.

  • One line must have at least 3 people, otherwise join the other line.
  • If the regiment is performing the line infantry function, shooting and reloading will only be allowed when within a row / column;

General Rules

Given the All Charge command by the match admin, everyone must cease fire, and interrupt reloading and start charging. Offensive maneuver aimed at close combat 

As described above, Fire on Charge (open fire on charge), Reload out of line (ROL), and fire out of line (FOL) open without fire are strictly prohibited.

If not complied with, the administrator may have to slay, or even ban. Caution! This page will show you the basics of training, as the guide is not fully focused on this technical aspect.

The ideal line consists of at least 5 members, i.e.,, 3 soldiers, 1 sergeant, and 1 officer. The 3 soldiers will fight, so will the sergeant, but he will help the officer keep discipline and order in line, and the officer will naturally command the platoon while still alive.

If he dies, he will be replaced by the sergeant; if the sergeant dies, the highest rank soldier should take over.

Formations

Basic Commands: 

Form Behind Me: The soldiers will have to locate you, and form a line, just like an Indian line right behind you. 

Form in front of me: You must signal with your sword up, and the soldiers must form on your front face.

Form on my right: You should again signal with your sword to the right side, and the soldiers should form a line looking to the same side as you on your right. 

Form on my left: Same as above, but on the left. Movement: To order your soldiers to move, you must use several voice commands loud and clear: -Ordinary, March (This is one of the examples) -March (Simplest Way).

Other examples of moves:

Right/Left Face: Soldiers must literally turn their bodies in the direction the officer points to. This can be used when you have them form at your side, and you want to direct the line in another direction.

About face: this will give a 180-degree spin, it is a very useful technique.

These are the most basic commands of ground movement formations. The next and last topic will detail combat formations, and open field strategies. These strategies should be used when engaging with other lines of combat, or even cavalry and artillery.

All the commands are from Brazilian Events, they may be different in your nation.

Direct Combat

Fire Commands:

  • Present (This will cause soldiers to point their weapons forward; they must remain in the same position until further notice.)
  • Fire (This should be used when you want them to shoot at will)

Fire at will (After the weapons are presented or not presented, you will be ordered to shoot them as much as they like; it is useful when there are multiple enemies ahead.)

Ripple Fire (This command is a typical act of disciplined regiment and training; soldiers should shoot in sequence from right to left, or the opposite, for example, the first shoots, then the second, then the third, then the fourth, then the fifth, etc.)

How to break the line of fire?

1-Cease fire.

2-Break the recharge. Translation made from Portuguese, may be different.

How to defend yourself from cavalry?

It is very simple, but maybe not for the soldiers, so some training is required before it can be done.

Anti Cavalry Training

Soldiers should circle or square around the officer, pointing their bayonets upwards, which can easily hit the horse or rider. This can save their line, and even their game, so train your teammates well. To train them for this kind of situation, some players must be knights, and other infants must first train how to knock down horses and riders, who will come towards the player. And then form an anti-cavalry formation.

How to take an artillery battery?

Use the flanks of the terrain, or any area hidden from the other lines, and when you reach the side of the battery, open fire on the gunners, including the officer. Then give the charge command, and the soldiers can no longer shoot, and will attack with their bayonets.

How to escape from an artillery or line?

Use the disperse command. The soldiers who were previously in line must separate and disperse, making it difficult to target enemies, including cannon, mortars and howitzers.

How to avoid getting shot in the reload?

Send your soldiers to the right when reloading; this will reduce the chance of being hit by a bullet.

Advantageous Positions:

Height positions, and enemies in lower height positions. This can lead you to victory against another line, find a high position, and open fire on your enemies.

Low positions like trenches, rivers, canyons can all be used to your advantage, just form a line in a lower area and open fire. Enemies will have difficulty hitting their men.

Facilitating training:

If you wish to form somewhere, and your soldiers are already in line, give the order; they will pull to your right / left, and must gradually form by your side, until they are fully in formation.

Written by: RedVikingXD