Fire Pot Bireme - HastatiFire pots, hurled onto enemy decks, are a terrible threat to wooden ships.
These young men are the armoured front line of a Roman Legion.
The waterline ram was first mounted on a vessel in around 850BC. Warships and naval tactics were transformed. Ships were no longer platforms for infantry battles on the water; the ship itself became the weapon. Galleys changed as the new reality sank in. Ramming at speed would hole and sink an enemy, therefore slimmer, faster, handier ships were required. More speed on demand obviously required more oars a fast ship with a single row of oars ended up being stupidly, impractically long. The solution, then, was to put in a second set of oars above the first, but slightly offset to allow for rowers' benches. These biremes, a Latin word meaning 'two oars', or dieres, the Greek equivalent, were no longer than previous designs but had twice the number of rowers. They were fast, manoeuvrable, and could carry a fighting contingent. Some nations also gave their bireme crews fire pots; these clay pots filled with oil and pitch were hurled at enemy ships in the entirely reasonable hope of setting them ablaze.
During the 4th century BC the Romans abandoned the phalanx in favour of armies consisting chiefly of hastati, principes and triarii. These were deployed in maniples: compact blocks of men, arranged in a checkerboard formation. This allowed flexibility when moving across the battlefield, particularly when compared to the sluggish movements of a solid pike phalanx. Like most sophisticated city-states of the ancient world, Rome expected its men to fight, and supply their own war gear when they did so. A cynical observer might be tempted to note that the manipular Legion also made sure that the hierarchy of Rome was preserved. The youngest and least wealthy became hastati, the first line of battle in a Roman Legion. Behind them came the second line of principes, older and richer men, and finally came the triarii, the most experienced warriors. “Going to the triarii” was a Roman saying that came to be used in all kinds of situations, implying that everything else had been tried and found wanting.
Unit NameFire Pot Bireme - Hastati
Main Unit KeyRom_Hastati_Two_Fire_Pots
Land Unit KeyRom_Hastati
Naval Unit Keyroman_fire_pot_two
Custom Battle Cost480
├ Missile Weaponrome_pilum_light
├ Missile Damage20
├ Missile Ap Damage10
└ Base Reload Time15
Shots Per Minute4
├ Melee Weaponrome_gladius
├ Melee Damage Base30
├ Melee Damage Ap5
├ Armour PiercingNo
├ Bonus vs. Large0
├ Bonus vs Elephants0
└ Bonus vs Infantry0
├ Base Defence18
└ Shield Defence30
├ Armour Defence25
└ Shield Armour35
├ Man Entityrome_infantry_medium
├ Man Health40
└ Bonus Hit Points10
AbilitiesFire Pot Bireme
- Row Hard 10
Increases speed for 10 strokes.
- Attacking Testudo
The troops of this unit raise their shields above their heads in a defensive formation.
Protection against missiles
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 & WeaknessesFire Pot Bireme
- Very poor hull strength
- Very light crew
- Fast speed
- Very strong initial ramming
- Good boarding
- Average attack
- Weak defence
- Average damage but low armour penetration
- Poor morale
|Required Technology Cost 150 Upgrade To|
|Required Technology Cost 450 Upgrade To|