Medium Missile Raider - Highland ArchersTough warships for harrying the enemy, constructed to take on the worst of seas.
These men always find their targets, even in the stiffest highland winds.
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.
In the cold northern lands of Britannia, food was scarce and most physically-able Celts hunted for their tribe's chief source of sustenance. Using longbows mostly made of yew, they became proficient at trapping and ambushing their prey. Even though archery was considered cowardly within a way of battle that favoured the heroic (but often suicidal) charge above all else, when war came to the Celtic lands hunters did not abandon their ranged weapons. While not as strong as regular melee fighters, along the hills and within the dense forests, marksmen had the advantage against the slow-moving Roman Legions. This irregular, guerrilla warfare used by the Caledonii was particularly suited to highland archers, who picked off their targets before retreating into dense woodland where it was unlikely they would be followed.
Unit NameMedium Missile Raider - Highland Archers
Main Unit Key3c_Cal_Medium_Missile_Raider
Land Unit Key3c_Cal_Highland_Archers
Naval Unit Key3c_barbarian_medium_raider_ranged
Custom Battle Cost630
├ Missile Weaponrome_longbow
├ Missile Damage36
├ Missile Ap Damage4
└ Base Reload Time14
Shots Per Minute6
├ Melee Weaponrome_celtic_hellenic_sword
├ Melee Damage Base30
├ Melee Damage Ap4
├ Armour PiercingNo
├ Bonus vs. Large0
├ Bonus vs Elephants0
└ Bonus vs Infantry0
├ Base Defence14
└ Shield Defence0
├ Armour Defence10
└ Shield Armour0
├ Man Entityrome_infantry_very_light
├ Man Health40
└ Bonus Hit Points15
AbilitiesMedium Missile Raider
- Row Hard 10
Increases speed for 10 strokes.
- Resistant to Fatigue
Fatigue has less of an effect on this unit.
- Guerrilla Deployment
This unit can deploy outside of the deployment zone.
- Hide (scrub & forest)
This unit can hide in scrub and forest until enemy units get too close.
- Resistant to Cold
This unit tires less quickly in snow.
This unit remains hidden while firing.
This unit can move hidden in any terrain.
Strengths & WeaknessesMedium Missile Raider
- Good hull strength
- Medium crew
- Fast speed
- Weak ramming
- Poor boarding
- Good missile combat
- Long range
- Fast rate of fire
- Good damage but low armour penetration
- Very weak in melee
- Poor morale