Longboat - Mercenary Celtic Spear BoatmenThe stout backbone of any Celtic navy.
Fighting effectively at sea takes skill, courage, and sea-legs in abundance.
Literally meaning ‘long ship’ or 'long boat' in the Gaelic language, the ‘long fhada’ can claim heritage from the ancient shipbuilding tradition of the Nordic peoples. Of course, the Norsemen didn’t just give their prized technology away, but their persistent raids of the Scottish, Irish and Welsh coasts meant that longships were sometimes captured, enabling the Celts to study their construction in depth. Eventually, they produced the ‘birlinn’ and ‘Irish galley’, variants on the longship with between eight and twelve oars, in addition to a large sail. These features allowed the new breed of Celtic ships to easily cross the open sea for the purposes of trade and war, rather than having to remain close to the coastline at all times. Unfortunately, no remains of Celtic long boats/long fhada survive to this day, despite records of their continuous use until the 17th century.
(Mercenary Celtic Spear Boatmen)
In the past, naval warfare was just another way for infantry to fight one another. The earliest documented naval battles are those of ancient China, 'grapple and hook' battles where boarding operations and close-quarters combat decided the victor. During the early Middle Ages, the Frankish navy was of no real distinction, yet Charlemagne did maintain a sizeable navy to defend against Viking raids, which was something other kingdoms generally failed to do. At the time, the distinction between fighting on land and at sea was small, yet chiefly a matter of 'sea legs' - maintaining balance whilst toppling your opponent.
Unit NameLongboat - Mercenary Celtic Spear Boatmen
Main Unit Keycha_merc_cel_longship_spear_boatmen
Land Unit Keycha_merc_cel_spear_boatmen
Naval Unit Keycha_longboat
Custom Battle Cost370
├ Melee Weaponatt_spear
├ Melee Base Damage24
├ Armour-piercing Damage8
├ Armour PiercingNo
├ Attack Against Cavalry20
├ Attack Against Elephants20
└ Attack Against Infantry0
├ Base Defence16
└ Shield Defence25
├ Armour Defence6
└ Shield Armour0
├ Man Entitycha_infantry_medium
├ Man Health100
└ Bonus Hit Points0
AbilitiesMercenary Celtic Spear Boatmen
- Douse Fire
Sacrifice your ship's mobility for a short time to focus effort on putting out the blaze.
- Use the Whip
Improved defence and fatigue resistance for a short time at the cost of overexertion.
- Expert Charge Defence
This unit’s melee attack and damage are increased against charging enemies.
- Hide (forest)
This unit can hide in forests until enemy units get too close.
Strengths & Weaknesses
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