its not good at tanking for its current cost. it has even less hp per pop compared to the 80 resource pikemen, at 107 hp per pop its practically as tanky as a crossbow while being much more expensive. every melee infantry that costs 100 resources or more has greater hp per pop than the maceman, for a slow extremely expensive melee unit thats a death sentance.
even if you count in their ranged resistance, thier ranged hp reaches 400. meanwhile 3 musketeers reach 450 ranged hp, and 563 melee hp. all the while doing high ranged damage.
it costs the same as a cuir yet with 2.25 less speed and 105 less hitpoints. the same hp as a hussar, which is 2.5 speed faster, yet the macemen is 50% more expensive.
at its current price, the slow mantlet is more useful and makes more sense. it has more hitpoints, more ranged resistance, and is ranged even though the maceman again costs 50% more.
when would you ever want a maceman over the much cheaper and ranged hauraca. you can have almost 3 for the cost of one maceman, and they deal incredible siege damage from long range. they snipe cannons and infantry with ease, and are so superior that even if macemen cost is reduced hauraca will almost always be the better choice.
how does one look at their stats and their costs and justify to an incan player that they are ever worth considering?
here is some food for thought. if the inca had access to the gendarme, which costs the exact same as a maceman, do you think they would train them?