So what are your Dravidian army compositions on land maps?
Either 1) Men-at-arms transition to Xbows upon Castle Age
Or 2) Feudal Archers.
After Castle Age is researched:
Started making Urumis alongside more Xbowmen.
Late Castle Age with a huge wallet:
Switched from crossbowmen to mass Elephant Archers.
Late game comp has EA and Urumis, along with LC if you have to work with Monks.
I know people are gonna say that mass EA is expensive and they shouldn’t make up the core of my army, but consider two factors:
- you build a large number of farms, or you built fish traps in water maps, or a small pond in land maps. This plus trade access and relics makes it possible for many EAs.
- Their durability is worth their weight in gold. If you are facing siege civilizations like Celts or Koreans, Arbalesters can stand so thin a chance.
Ele archers can take few more onager shots, and trust me, a huge EA army can do wonders in pushing. Just add Urumis for enemy siege weapons and skirms, and pikemen for cavalry units.
Of course, we all have different play styles.