Meteor Hammers are strong units with a high base attack effective against light infantry and powerful against artillery. The Meteor Hammer also has a range of five, but still deals hand damage, making it strong for ranged support in crowded fights. Combining the Forbidden Army with Beiyang Army provides strong raiding potential against settlers, skimishers, archers, artillery, and heavy cavalry. Adding the Territorial (with Territorial Army combat, Manchu Combats, and Western Reform Cards) or Old Han Armies (with Old Han Reform, Western Reform and Manchu Combats Card) to these makes a good force with counters that provide against any type of enemy unit they might face.
“Classified as a martial arts chain weapon, the meteor hammer evolved from ancient Chinese hunting weapons and basically consists of two weights connected by a rope or a chain. The “hammer” is a small ball of bronze about the size of a duck’s egg, and the chain can vary in length, from 6 to 15 feet. The meteor hammer offers an unparalleled level of speed when striking, and can be utilized in different attack styles depending on the conditions of the battlefield: thrown, swung, or whipped. The most skillful wielder can wrap the chain around a number of body parts before unwrapping it to release the hammer with a jolt of accumulated energy. This causes the hammer to shoot forward with such speed that it strikes a target with deadly force. It is this burst of speed that earned the weapon its name. If space did not allow for this kind of combat, the meteor hammer could be modified to ensnare the weapon of an enemy attacker, or to strangle an enemy from a distance.”