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I'm trying to augment my melee troops with some ranged troops. However the ranged troops don't seem to be effective at all, even though they're all Skilled or better.

For example:

  • 30 wood and bone bolts against a naked goblin resulted in bruises only.
  • 30 wood and bone bolts against an armored goblin resulted in nothing.
    • Bolts were even stopped by silk clothes.
  • 30 iron bolts against an armored goblin resulted in absolutely nothing.
    • Noted bolts being stopped by copper and leather.

Am I doing something wrong or is this just the state of ranged combat in 0.31.12?

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Did they forget to take the rubber tips off first? –  antony.trupe Aug 30 '10 at 17:49
    
@antony That's what I was wondering. –  C. Ross Aug 30 '10 at 18:59
    
what's the quality of bolts and crossbow that you are using? –  Doltknuckle Aug 30 '10 at 20:17
    
@Doltknuckle. I know it included high quality bone and wood bolts. Less so for the iron bolts, and the crossbows are of various quality. –  C. Ross Aug 30 '10 at 20:49
    
Note: Steel helps a lot. –  C. Ross Sep 3 '10 at 18:13
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I looked around the forums and the general consensus is that military is still unbalanced. For the "armored" creatures, the protection given by clothing and armor is way overpowered. Here's a useful video: http://mkv25.net/dfma/movie-2048-crossbowsgotnerfedtoomuch

Another problem with archery is that it has a low percentage hit chance when your enemies are moving. It could be that most of your shots are missing, and those that hit do low damage. I usually use cage traps to get some invaders and then set up the cages in an "execution pit". When the enemies are not moving, it can take anywhere from 20-50 direct hits to actually kill an invader.

Try out arena mode and see what happens.

Hope this helps.

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RE the video: OH THE HUMANITY! –  JavadocMD Aug 31 '10 at 19:15
    
Thanks! Definitely not the hit count though. I can see "hits" in the combat reports. –  C. Ross Aug 31 '10 at 19:52
    
That is incredible, man. –  Epaga Sep 1 '10 at 7:23
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