@Ceriy: Recruitment Specifics (Clarifications and Corrections)
Circassians – Cherkassk, Azaq-kale. I think both of these towns can recruit Circassians. Mebbe even the small Kyzyl-yar fortress (I’ll check again next recruitment cycle).
Nogai - IZUM fortress only ... NOT -IZMAIL- fortress. Just pointing that out. Many people were confused on this point. One easy giveaway is that IZUM fortress has a village of Nugai, right close by
Note: Also, Izum fortress makes more sense than Izmail fortress for Nogai recruitment because most of the vassal Nogai Horde was to the east of the Crimean Khanate.
@Cerlin: You're right, Mirza Chambuls have better bow skills. I have moved away from my expensive Tatar merc army to the Crimean faction-only army.
I basically have two armies now:
1. All cavalry composition: 60% Nokhor, 40% Mirza Chambul/Nogai, just like you described
2. Balanced composition: 25% Janissary, 50% Seymen, 25% Nokhors/Circassians.
@Defender: Right on, bro! You nailed the most heavy-hitting and best troops that the Crimean Khanate has got to offer. Still, I wonder how you can mass Janissaries? In my game, I can mass Seymens much easier than Janissaries.
For my town garrisons, I have mostly Bajraks, not many Kapikulu. However, I found this strategy that finds use for the Kapikulu from the wiki. Does this actually work?
"Crimean tactics against wagon forts consists of forming a wall of flesh with its cavalry and then having their Kapikulu archers shoot over the heads of their cavalry onto the enemy while advancing, breaking into charge when the Kapikulu are close enough to overcome the bow's ranged weakness to the musket"
@Roach: I find that bows are even more deadlier in WF&S than in Warband, mainly because of the absence of armor and shields
In F&S, tis a good day to be an archer
@Irbis: Oh, you’re Crimean, brother? Niiice, my girlfriend is of the Nogai clan actually. I am Naiman by paternal line, and Argyn/Argun by maternal line ^_^