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Missile Raider - Mercenary Longbow Hunters

These ships keep a contingent of archers aboard to harry enemy crews.

Huntsmen will take men as their prey, if the price is good enough.

Most of the northern European tribes were not naval powers, but there were still able seafarers to be found amongst them. Shipbuilding techniques were well understood, so while many vessels were small leather-skinned boats for inland and inshore use, bigger sea-going vessels were also made. Shipwrights used heavy planking for hulls, stitched together and then fastened to a wooden skeleton to create sturdy craft able to cope with Atlantic conditions. Julius Caesar was surprised at the quality of the enemy ships when his fleet clashed with the Veneti from modern-day Brittany. The Veneti vessels had flat bottoms to cope with shallows, but were also of heavy oak construction to cope with rough seas. This made them tough opposition for Roman galleys, and capable of shrugging off a ramming attack. Caesar said that the enemy ships "...were constructed of planks a foot in breadth, fastened by iron spikes the thickness of a man\'s thumb; the anchors were secured fast by iron chains instead of cables”. When the Romans were forced to board, they faced fearsome warriors used to close-quarters fighting at sea.

(Mercenary Longbow Hunters)
The German warrior was exposed on an open, flat battlefield but, when fighting in hills and woodland, he had the advantage. Most were raised as hunters in dense forests, so became expert at stealthy manoeuvres and laying ambush. Whilst their battle tactics were proven, their longbows, often two metres in length and made of yew, lacked the power and accuracy of composite bows made in the east. Their ammunition was also somewhat lacking: limited iron supplies meant these men often fired bone-tipped arrows that struggled to pierce enemy armour. On the battlefield, archers lined up behind slingers - afforded some protection by the shields of the warriors in front of them.

Missile Raider - Mercenary Longbow Hunters

Unit Name

Missile Raider - Mercenary Longbow Hunters

Main Unit Key

Mer_Ger_Raider

Land Unit Key

Mer_Ger_Longbow_Hunters

Naval Unit Key

barbarian_raider_ranged

Soldiers

80

Category

Medium Ship

Class

Missile Ship

Custom Battle Cost

380

Recruitment Cost

380

Upkeep Cost

280

Missile Damage

40

├ Missile Weapon

rome_longbow

├ Projectile

arrow_longbow

├ Missile Damage

36

├ Missile Ap Damage

4

└ Base Reload Time

14

Accuracy

5

Range

125

Reload

18

Shots Per Minute

5

Ammunition

15

Ship Health

└ Ship

barbarian_raider

Ship Speed

Melee Attack

8

Weapon Damage

24

├ Melee Weapon

rome_shortsword

├ Melee Damage Base

20

├ Melee Damage Ap

4

├ Armour Piercing

No

├ Bonus vs. Large

0

├ Bonus vs Elephants

0

└ Bonus vs Infantry

0

Charge Bonus

3

Melee Defence

12

├ Base Defence

12

├ Shield

none

└ Shield Defence

0

Armour

10

├ Armour

cloth

├ Armour Defence

10

└ Shield Armour

0

Health

45

├ Man Entity

rome_infantry_very_light_fast

├ Man Health

40

└ Bonus Hit Points

5

Base Morale

25

Abilities

Missile Raider
  • Row Hard 10
    Increases speed for 10 strokes.
    Ship speed

Attributes

  • Resistant to Fatigue
    Fatigue has less of an effect on this unit.
  • Hide (scrub & forest)
    This unit can hide in scrub and forest until enemy units get too close.
  • Resistant to Cold
    This unit tires less quickly in snow.
  • Snipe
    This unit remains hidden while firing.
  • Stalk
    This unit can move hidden in any terrain.

Strengths & Weaknesses

Missile Raider
  • Good hull strength
  • Medium crew
  • Fast speed
  • Weak ramming
  • Poor boarding
  • Good missile combat
Mercenary Longbow Hunters
  • Long range
  • Average rate of fire
  • Good damage but low armour penetration
  • Very weak in melee
  • Very poor morale

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