I'm looking at a DOW coming from Julius C in less than ten turns, having refused his arrogant demand. His target is likely a city I captured from him in our last tussle, which touches three of his tiles. I'm considering cranking out some extra Knights while I have time, to use as sacrificial pillagers on the first turn. All three of the connecting tiles have roads, and I am afraid of a cannon-led SOD appearing and assaulting me before I have a chance to kill some of his siege ability. In general, is this a wise use of resources (trading the hammers for the ability to strike first against the SOD and kill a lot of his barrage), or would I be better building wealth to upgrade my maces to rifles and try and live through the initial attack? I'll have rifles in three turns, and he's holding cannons and cuirassiers.