Chapter IV seems to be a good deal harder than the previous chapters so far (which may partly be due to the missing rewards) and I am fine with that. The additional border Raids work out great even if they could be a little bit less frequent with the thread still being there(maybe 25% less? :) ). Anyway, I am fighting my way through and am very much stuck at Atuatuca. There is a huge force in there, the city is heavily fortified with 2000 points and there is only one point of attack uphill. I consider myself a veteran at Hegemony and have clocked a good deal of hours on Rome but DAMN this is hard :D I have completely lost 4 attack forces now. Thats two legions, two roman skirmishers, two slingers and one cav plus siege engine (no towers possible on this attack which makes things even harder), all upgraded to a decent level and each time completely wiped out. Even without the big force inside (I think something like 4 spear units, two cav and archers) its hard to take but with this force doing frequent sorties it feels near impossible. I even managed to largely wipe them out on two occasions but that takes a big tall on my troops too and the remaining forces cant take the city. I cant really spare more forces because of the raids(which is a good thing) but I cant seem to find a way to take the city like this. Food supply is cut off as far as I can see and I cant actively siege down 2000 points. Its going about down at about 1 point a second and morale of the sieging unit goes down a lot faster. Even if I rotate the sieging units to take turns to regain morale I would probably need something like 10 legions, huge manpower reserves and a LOT of time. Not even to mention the sorties that make everything that much harder.
I will keep trying to find a way tomorrow but what am I missing? Maybe I could scratch together some gauls, draw out the garrison and move in with the fresh roman army once I beat them, but from what I have seem so far this wont work either... I am really taking this as a challenge but am a little bit stumped :) I can normally easily handle everything this game throws at me... guess it would be ok if I could put a siege in place, fight off the sorties and wait the siege out without morale taking such a huge hit because there is no difference between sieging and actively storming the city... however changing that would of course lead to other problems since the other sieges and cities are really easy and normally taken by me even while the sortie is still fighting. Again what am I missing and please dont make me feel too stupid :)