shield wall is slower than normal advance and tighter. guys in the back hold shields up to block more shots. paired with the 100% shield up time. it allows almost 0 shots through, where as the default line formation with advance command they still allow gaps in the ranks and shield drop down windows.
I disagree, those are equivalents as far as I know. Advance doesn't break the tightness of your shield wall but indeed they are slower, Charge does.
if the enemy is waiting in a circle for you to attack. you only need to shoot around 100 arrows at them to make them charge. get 5 horse archers and tell them to go ham 100m from the enemy. and they'll come instead
Well, it's not like I didn't try .. not my first battle either, thanks ! I disgress I'm not here to ask for help, rather saying I was surprised by your message earlier.
In fact now I've mentioned it, i think it greatly depends of the AI Commander, some Lords won't just use any tactics and rather rush at me, but I didn't bother checking their stats beforehand.