Assault Dieres - Misthophoroi ThureophoroiA bireme is a 30 meter long oared warship (galley) with two decks of oars, thought to have been invented by the Phoenicians in the 8th century BCE. Often called a liburnia in later Roman fleets, these swift yet durable warships are excellent for boarding actions and coastal patrols.
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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.
Light Greek infantry, the thureophoroi developed around the early 4th century BC, and straddled the gap between the phalanx and the skirmishing peltasts. Named after the thureos, their large oval shields, they were more heavily armoured than the traditional Thracian and Greek peltast. Able to both skirmish and form up as a phalanx, they were used to guard the flanks and protect other light troops. Their shield, normally made from wood and covered with leather, had a central handgrip that was protected by a vertical spine and a metal boss-like strip, and may have been inspired by Celtic or Roman shields of the time. Like the longer sarissa, the spears used by the thureophoroi had a weighted butt-spike to provide balance, but this also allowed them to throw javelins, if so equipped, by jamming their spears into the ground. Able to fulfil a variety of roles, thureophoroi were common amongst both citizen and mercenary units of the Greek city-states until they were eclipsed by the Macedonian phalanxes of Phillip II and Alexander the Great.
Unit NameAssault Dieres - Misthophoroi Thureophoroi
Main Unit KeyMer_Mac_Shark
Land Unit KeyMer_Gre_Thureos_Spears
Naval Unit Keygreek_two
Custom Battle Cost390
├ Missile Weaponrome_javelin_light
├ Missile Damage5
├ Missile Ap Damage2
└ Base Reload Time5
Shots Per Minute12
├ Melee Weaponrome_spear
├ Weapon Damage5
├ Weapon Deadliness0
├ Armour PiercingNo
├ Bonus vs. Cavalry15
├ Bonus vs. Elephants15
└ Bonus vs Infantry0
├ Base Defence30
└ Shield Defence25
├ Armour Defence30
└ Shield Armour35
├ Man Entityrome_infantry_medium_fast
├ Man Health20
└ Bonus Hit Points10
- Row Hard 10
Increases speed for 10 strokes.
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 & WeaknessesAssault Dieres
- Very poor hull strength
- Very light crew
- Fast speed
- Weak ramming
- Good boarding
- Good defensive unit
- Low damage but average armour penetration
- Average attack
- Normal morale
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