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Assault Hexareme - Veteran Legionaries

These magnificent ships are both intimidating and extremely dangerous.

All legionaries are effective fighters, veterans doubly so.

As centuries passed, naval tactics and needs changed across the Mediterranean. There was a move towards larger ships, partly as an expression of national or dynastic power: the Ptolemaic rulers of Egypt were particularly fond of large ships to show their wealth and influence in a physical way. These 'polyremes', a term meaning many oared, were not suitable for ramming work in battle. In practice many of them had no more oars than smaller ships; what they had were more rowers per oar than smaller ships. A Roman hexareme or Greek hexeres would have a couple of banks of oars with three men per oar, and appear to be an over-sized version of a smaller ship. Even so, thanks to being tremendously heavy and strongly constructed, they were slow moving, and hardly capable of the quick turns needed to take advantage of enemy mistakes. Instead the large ships made use of their wide decks and plentiful carrying capacities and became fighting platforms for infantry and artillery. Boarding or long-range bombardment were the methods to be used to defeat the enemy; naval warfare had come full circle in terms of fighting methods, even if ships had grown significantly.

(Veteran Legionaries)
After a Roman legionary had finished up to 25 years in the army, he could be asked back to join the evocati, the ranks of 'those who are called'. Usually affiliated to their old commander or re-enlisting at the bequest of a particular Consul in times of need, veterans were afforded great respect and honour because of their previous service. As examples to the common soldier, they were often immediately promoted to centurion and given a pay rise. Crucially, veterans were exempt from the mundane and laborious tasks of legionary life such as digging latrines, building roads or making camp. During the civil war all sides called on old soldiers to swell their ranks and provide much needed experience, Pompey persuading a large number of evocati to join him against Julius Caesar by promising them promotion and more money to return. The veteran 'Praetorians of the Evocati Augusti' were held in especially high regard.

Assault Hexareme - Veteran Legionaries

Unit Name

Assault Hexareme - Veteran Legionaries

Main Unit Key

Emp_Rom_Vet_Legionaries_Lft_Aft

Land Unit Key

Rom_Vet_Legionaries

Naval Unit Key

roman_six

Soldiers

160

Category

Heavy Ship

Class

Melee Ship

Custom Battle Cost

1190

Recruitment Cost

1190

Upkeep Cost

238

Missile Damage

30

├ Missile Weapon

rome_pilum_heavy

├ Projectile

pilum_heavy

├ Missile Damage

20

├ Missile Ap Damage

10

└ Base Reload Time

15

Accuracy

5

Range

40

Reload

0

Shots Per Minute

4

Ammunition

2

Ship Health

1206

└ Ship

roman_six

Ship Speed

5

Melee Attack

59

Weapon Damage

35

├ Melee Weapon

rome_gladius_marian

├ Melee Damage Base

30

├ Melee Damage Ap

5

├ Armour Piercing

No

├ Bonus vs. Large

0

├ Bonus vs Elephants

0

└ Bonus vs Infantry

0

Charge Bonus

15

Melee Defence

48

├ Base Defence

23

├ Shield

scutum_marian

└ Shield Defence

25

Armour

85

├ Armour

mail_improved

├ Armour Defence

45

└ Shield Armour

40

Health

60

├ Man Entity

rome_infantry_very_heavy

├ Man Health

45

└ Bonus Hit Points

15

Base Morale

65

Abilities

Assault Hexareme
  • Row Hard 30
    Increases speed for 30 strokes.
    Ship speed
Veteran Legionaries
  • Attacking Testudo
    The troops of this unit raise their shields above their heads in a defensive formation.
    Protection against missiles
    Limited speed

Attributes

  • Disciplined
    This unit does not suffer a morale penalty when the general dies. It can also rally after routing more often.
  • Formation Attack
    The unit will try to stay in formation when in melee.
  • Hide (forest)
    This unit can hide in forests until enemy units get too close.

Strengths & Weaknesses

Assault Hexareme
  • Very good hull strength
  • Heavy crew
  • Slow speed
  • Strong ramming
  • Very good boarding
Veteran Legionaries
  • Very good attack
  • Average defence
  • Average damage but low armour penetration
  • Good morale
Upgrade
Required Technology Professional Soldiery Cost 300 Upgrade To Tower Hexareme - Evocati Cohort
Requires Buildings
Assault Hexareme - Veteran Legionaries Lv. 0 Portus Classis
Portus Classis
(rome_port_military_4)
Level 3