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Longboat - Mercenary Celtic Spear Boatmen

The stout backbone of any Celtic navy.

Fighting effectively at sea takes skill, courage, and sea-legs in abundance.

Literally meaning ‘long ship’ or 'long boat' in the Gaelic language, the ‘long fhada’ can claim heritage from the ancient shipbuilding tradition of the Nordic peoples. Of course, the Norsemen didn’t just give their prized technology away, but their persistent raids of the Scottish, Irish and Welsh coasts meant that longships were sometimes captured, enabling the Celts to study their construction in depth. Eventually, they produced the ‘birlinn’ and ‘Irish galley’, variants on the longship with between eight and twelve oars, in addition to a large sail. These features allowed the new breed of Celtic ships to easily cross the open sea for the purposes of trade and war, rather than having to remain close to the coastline at all times. Unfortunately, no remains of Celtic long boats/long fhada survive to this day, despite records of their continuous use until the 17th century.

(Mercenary Celtic Spear Boatmen)
In the past, naval warfare was just another way for infantry to fight one another. The earliest documented naval battles are those of ancient China, 'grapple and hook' battles where boarding operations and close-quarters combat decided the victor. During the early Middle Ages, the Frankish navy was of no real distinction, yet Charlemagne did maintain a sizeable navy to defend against Viking raids, which was something other kingdoms generally failed to do. At the time, the distinction between fighting on land and at sea was small, yet chiefly a matter of 'sea legs' - maintaining balance whilst toppling your opponent.

Longboat - Mercenary Celtic Spear Boatmen

Unit Name

Longboat - Mercenary Celtic Spear Boatmen

Main Unit Key

cha_merc_cel_longship_spear_boatmen

Land Unit Key

cha_merc_cel_spear_boatmen

Naval Unit Key

cha_longboat

Soldiers

128

Category

Light Ship

Class

Melee Ship

Custom Battle Cost

370

Recruitment Cost

370

Upkeep Cost

220

Hull Strength

1800

└ Ship

att_shp_light_longship_melee

Speed

7

Melee Attack

25

Melee Damage

32

├ Melee Weapon

att_spear

├ Melee Base Damage

24

├ Armour-piercing Damage

8

├ Armour Piercing

No

├ Attack Against Cavalry

20

├ Attack Against Elephants

20

└ Attack Against Infantry

0

Charge Bonus

42

Melee Defence

41

├ Base Defence

16

├ Shield

cha_round

└ Shield Defence

25

Armour

6

├ Armour

cha_cloth

├ Armour Defence

6

└ Shield Armour

0

Health

100

├ Man Entity

cha_infantry_medium

├ Man Health

100

└ Bonus Hit Points

0

Morale

36

Abilities

Mercenary Celtic Spear Boatmen
  • Douse Fire
    Sacrifice your ship's mobility for a short time to focus effort on putting out the blaze.
  • Use the Whip
    Improved defence and fatigue resistance for a short time at the cost of overexertion.

Attributes

  • Expert Charge Defence
    This unit’s melee attack and damage are increased against charging enemies.
  • Hide (forest)
    This unit can hide in forests until enemy units get too close.

Strengths & Weaknesses

No Strengths and Weaknesses
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