Heavy Raider - Steppe SpearmenStrong warships, constructed to withstand the worst the sea can throw at them.
Spearmen are the backbone of an army; they keep cavalry at a respectful distance.
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.
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.
Unit NameHeavy Raider - Steppe Spearmen
Main Unit KeySte_Spear_Heavy_Raider
Land Unit KeySte_Spear
Naval Unit Keybarbarian_heavy_raider
Custom Battle Cost670
├ Melee Weaponrome_spear_anti_cav
├ Melee Damage Base15
├ Melee Damage Ap5
├ Armour PiercingNo
├ Bonus vs. Large30
├ Bonus vs Elephants30
└ Bonus vs Infantry0
├ Base Defence22
└ Shield Defence30
├ Armour Defence10
└ Shield Armour35
├ Man Entityrome_infantry_light_fast
├ Man Health40
└ Bonus Hit Points5
- Row Hard 20
Increases speed for 20 strokes.
The unit moves into a close square formation.
Bracing, morale, melee defence
- 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 & WeaknessesHeavy Raider
- Very good hull strength
- Medium crew
- Average speed
- Average ramming
- Very good boarding
- Average defensive unit
- Low damage but average armour penetration
- Weak attack
- Poor morale