Heavy Raider - DruthinazStrong longships, constructed to withstand the worst the sea can throw at them.
These frontiersmen, Germano-Thraco-Celtic people from the eastern borders of Germanic lands, come from a fierce and populous nation, with warriors so famous that they are often used as mercenaries by the Getae and the Greeks. The Bastarnoz are equipped with local weapons, including axes, swords and clubs.
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.
Whereas German tribes often fought in a more ordered, organised manner than the Celts, they sometimes adopted their neighbours’ weapons and equipment, either through battle or trade. Celtic armour found its way onto the backs of privileged German warriors, while double-edged longswords were another example of creeping Celtic influence. An iron sword was a prestigious possession, so those who carried them were either of noble blood or were veteran followers. By following a noble, warriors were duty-bound to show dedication and valour. If he fell in combat, the noble’s men were expected to fight to the death. Anyone who survived such a battle was disgraced. Some hanged themselves, unable to live with the shame and dishonour of outliving their battle-lord.
Unit NameHeavy Raider - Druthinaz
Main Unit KeyBar_Heavy_Raider_Germ
Land Unit KeyBar_Marine_Heavy_Germ
Naval Unit Keybarbarian_heavy_raider
Custom Battle Cost1062
├ Missile Weaponprec2
├ Missile Damage12
├ Missile Ap Damage0
└ Base Reload Time10
Shots Per Minute6
├ Melee Weaponbsword4
├ Weapon Damage11
├ Weapon Deadliness0
├ Armour PiercingNo
├ Bonus vs. Cavalry0
├ Bonus vs. Elephants0
└ Bonus vs Infantry0
├ Base Defence23
└ Shield Defence52
├ Armour Defence8
└ Shield Armour0
├ Man Entityrome_infantry_very_heavy_clumsy
├ Man Health20
└ Bonus Hit Points4
- Row Hard 20
Increases speed for 20 strokes.
- Stamina (poor)
Governs how fast the unit tires and restores fatigue, and is dependent on type of unit, weight and approach to combat.
This unit does not suffer a morale penalty when the general dies. It can also rally after routing more often.
- 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
- Very good attack
- Average defence
- Average damage but low armour penetration
- Good morale
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