This discussion probably does not make sense. That is why I write so late.
I agree with several points of your speech.
1st pike is not a weapon against infantry.
2nd Spear is a weapon more suitable for fighting on foot, but it is not perfect (as you know). It has a very limited application.
3rd Something else, but flew out of my head
Now ... I did not want to start discussions about 1h vs 2h. What I meant compare the weapons available to each faction.
You write about the black armor. Please note that hardly anyone wears it.
Maybe because it's hard to get it or earn it. It costs a lot, and getting such a sum by saber or pike requires a lot of luck.
Example. In the comparison of 1h to 2h weapons (yes I know it makes no sense - unfortunately do not have alternative). Armed with a saber I stand in front of the Swedish infantryman in full plate armor with two-hand sword (Getting this equipment as a Swede it is not difficult.)
To kill him I have to hit 3 or 4 times, while his one hit knocks me right away.
How much luck do I have?
Otherwise, hardly anyone choose Polish infantryman - even during the siege.
If I am already at the sieges - Please note that on these maps as the Tartar camp, Poland (or Cossack) team does not attempt (or attempts rarely) destroy the gate. However if already starting to destroy it, it takes unmercifully long time.In fact, it is certain death.
The reason is the lack of weapons inflicting more damage.
In the same situation, the Swedes or the Muscovites destroyed the gate in a few seconds.
The conclusion is that the one-handed weapon has no advantage over the two-handed weapon. Inflicts less damage, is shorter. It is faster, right - but only slightly. Perhaps two-handed weapon is too fast?
I'm talking only about the game, because from a historical point of view the Swedes in the seventeenth century did not have such units.
Full plate armor, close helm and two-handed sword - a set just in time for the first battle of Tennenberg (1410).
... and for dessert is worth mentioning the Khanate and their horse archers - or rather the destructive power of their bows. This is probably the biggest mistake of the game.
Since this thread are discussing about Mount & Blade : With Fire and Sword version 1.143 , I need to ask this, why I always have black screen but still have ingame-sound and everything works perfectly in this latest version 1.143 ? As I said the only problem is black screen which keep appeared everytime I turn HDR option on , but works perfectly if HDR turned off. Any solution to fix this ? Because I don't think that the developer will release another patch to address this because they seems busy enough in working on Mount & Blade 2.
polish infantry has much lower chance fight against swedish if both player are on the same skill level. i rarely use the cheken since it is only half length of the swedish zweihander sword. even if you chamber blocked a zweihander attack it is still very hard to land the counter strike with range 70 cheken. and with their balanced pike, the swedish infantry can stop polish lancers as well. they are probably the most unbalanced unit right now, 140 range sword with that full plate armor is way too much. only russian infantry has a fair chance against them in melee.