I just found out that Hand Cannoneers with Bombard Cannons are the best offense ever. I made a army of them and held a siege on a city for like 2 hours. :D they surrendered after I cut off their resource supply for about 1 hour. I guess farms aren't enough to keep a citv running :P
A good group of palidans and catapults (orangers I think the upgraded ones are call) would wipe out your forces. Palidans to run down the bombard cannons and catapults for the the hand cannoners. In AoC there is always a counter to something.
There is now granted it has been a long time since I have played and I always in deathmatches where you start at max age and research but I still remember there is a counter to everything. If they come at you with a palind and archer rush you hit them with pikemen and siege preferably catapults. If they come at yo with a turkish bombard strat which is all bombard towers and thier cannoniers you counter with rams and palidans and cataphracts.