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Steppe Spearmen Alani (Imperator Augustus)Alani (Imperator Augustus) Spear Infantry

Steppe Spearmen

Spearmen are the backbone of an army; they keep cavalry at a respectful distance.

Far from being simple, ignorant barbarians, the various steppe tribes had a great cultural wealth. Living in an area stretching from the Caspian Sea to the northern shores of the Black Sea; the Greeks called them 'Scythians' and the Persians 'Saka', while a western group became known as the Sarmatians. Wearing trousers marked them as barbarians as far as the Greeks were concerned, before their tall, pointed caps and swarthy appearances were even considered. Looks apart, they were, however, exceptional horsemen, highly-skilled with composite-recurve bows and deadly hand-to-hand fighters. Grave goods suggest that Scythian women were as warlike as their men, and probably fought alongside them in battle. This may well be the origin of the Greek myths of Amazon warrior women.

Steppe Spearmen

Unit Name

Steppe Spearmen

Main Unit Key

Ste_Spear

Land Unit Key

Ste_Spear

Naval Unit Key

barbarian_transport

Soldiers

160

Category

Melee Infantry

Class

Spear Infantry

Custom Battle Cost

190

Recruitment Cost

190

Upkeep Cost

50

Melee Attack

14

Weapon Damage

20

├ Melee Weapon

rome_spear_anti_cav

├ Melee Damage Base

15

├ Melee Damage Ap

5

├ Armour Piercing

No

├ Bonus vs. Large

30

├ Bonus vs Elephants

30

└ Bonus vs Infantry

0

Charge Bonus

14

Melee Defence

52

├ Base Defence

22

├ Shield

celtic

└ Shield Defence

30

Armour

45

├ Armour

cloth

├ Armour Defence

10

└ Shield Armour

35

Health

45

├ Man Entity

rome_infantry_light_fast

├ Man Health

40

└ Bonus Hit Points

5

Base Morale

25

Abilities

Steppe Spearmen
  • Square
    The unit moves into a close square formation.
    Bracing, morale, melee defence
    Can't move

Attributes

  • Hide (forest)
    This unit can hide in forests until enemy units get too close.
  • Resistant to Cold
    This unit tires less quickly in snow.

Strengths & Weaknesses

Transport
  • Very poor hull strength
  • Very slow speed
  • Weak ramming
Steppe Spearmen
  • Average defensive unit
  • Low damage but average armour penetration
  • Weak attack
  • Poor morale
Garrison Buildings
Steppe Spearmen x 2 Artisan\'s Lodging
Artisan\'s Lodging
(barb_artisan_1)
Level 0
Bronze Workshop
Bronze Workshop
(barb_artisan_bronze_2)
Level 1
Coin Maker
Coin Maker
(barb_artisan_coin_2)
Level 1
Coin Mint
Coin Mint
(barb_artisan_coin_3)
Level 2
Coin Hoard
Coin Hoard
(barb_artisan_coin_4)
Level 3
Horn Maker
Horn Maker
(barb_artisan_maker_2)
Level 1
Trumpet Maker
Trumpet Maker
(barb_artisan_maker_3)
Level 2
Carnyx Maker
Carnyx Maker
(barb_artisan_maker_4)
Level 3
Steppe Spearmen x 1 Settlement
Settlement
(barb_city_1)
Level 0
Fortified Settlement
Fortified Settlement
(barb_city_2)
Level 1
Hundred
Hundred
(barb_city_3)
Level 2
Industry Oppidum
Industry Oppidum
(barb_city_industry_4)
Level 3
Trade Oppidum
Trade Oppidum
(barb_city_trade_4)
Level 3
Tribal Oppidum
Tribal Oppidum
(barb_city_tribal_4)
Level 3