In the interest of science (and because i'm bored right now waiting for my lumber so i can build a colony) i have decided to run an experiment on pillaging. Anybody is welcome to contribute to this scientific endeavor. All you have to do is post whatever information you have available, in this order: Opponent Town Size, Your town size, Troops you sent, Victory or Defeat, and resources pillaged, and troops losses.
Also, after your attack, post any notes that you find to be of importance in italics.
Opp - 1, My Size 4, Troops: 1 slinger, Defeat, No resouces, 100% casualties
Opp - 1, My Size 4, Troops: 2 slinger, Victory, No resouces, 50% casualties
Opp - 1, My Size 5, Troops: 4 slinger, Victory, 4 Lumber, 50% casualties
Opp - 1, My Size 7, Troops: 1 Swordsman, Victory, 151 Lumber 41 Wine, 0% Casualties
Opp - 1, My Size 7, Troops: 1 Phalanx, Victory, 151 Lumber 41 Wine, 0% Casualties
Swordsmen are obviously stronger. Also, it is pointless to attack without a trade ship, as Trade Ships are how resources are returned from the enemy town. Additionally, strength of troops dos not influence resources gained. I am testing this now with multiple units.