Tower Hexareme - Legionarii Veterani ClassiciA hexareme is a 40 meter long oared warship with two decks of oars, each oar powered by three oarsmen. Developed around 360 BCE by the Syracusans, this huge dreadnought is rare and mainly used as a flagship. It can even hold archer towers at each end of the deck.
(Roman Veteran Marines)
As centuries passed, naval tactics and needs changed across the Mediterranean. There was a move towards larger ships, partly as an expression of national or dynastic power: the Ptolemaic rulers of Egypt were particularly fond of large ships to show their wealth and influence in a physical way. These 'polyremes', a term meaning many oared, were not suitable for ramming work in battle. In practice many of them had no more oars than smaller ships; what they had were more rowers per oar than smaller ships. A Roman hexareme or Greek hexeres would have a couple of banks of oars with three men per oar, and appear to be an over-sized version of a smaller ship. Even so, thanks to being tremendously heavy and strongly constructed, they were slow moving, and hardly capable of the quick turns needed to take advantage of enemy mistakes. Instead the large ships made use of their wide decks and plentiful carrying capacities and became fighting platforms for infantry and artillery. Boarding or long-range bombardment were the methods to be used to defeat the enemy; naval warfare had come full circle in terms of fighting methods, even if ships had grown significantly.
(Legionarii Veterani Classici)
After a Roman legionary had finished up to 25 years in the army, he could be asked back to join the evocati, the ranks of 'those who are called'. Usually affiliated to their old commander or re-enlisting at the bequest of a particular Consul in times of need, veterans were afforded great respect and honour because of their previous service. As examples to the common soldier, they were often immediately promoted to centurion and given a pay rise. Crucially, veterans were exempt from the mundane and laborious tasks of legionary life such as digging latrines, building roads or making camp. During the civil war all sides called on old soldiers to swell their ranks and provide much needed experience, Pompey persuading a large number of evocati to join him against Julius Caesar by promising them promotion and more money to return. The veteran 'Praetorians of the Evocati Augusti' were held in especially high regard.
Unit NameTower Hexareme - Legionarii Veterani Classici
Main Unit KeyRom_Assault_Hex_Admiral_Late
Land Unit KeyJay_Marine_Vet_Legionaries
Naval Unit Keylate_roman_lft_six
Custom Battle Cost2188
├ Missile Weaponpilum2
├ Missile Damage13
├ Missile Ap Damage3
└ Base Reload Time6
Shots Per Minute10
├ Melee Weapongladius4
├ Weapon Damage9
├ Weapon Deadliness1
├ Armour PiercingNo
├ Bonus vs. Cavalry0
├ Bonus vs. Elephants0
└ Bonus vs Infantry0
├ Base Defence25
└ Shield Defence58
├ Armour Defence16
└ Shield Armour0
├ Man Entityrome_infantry_very_heavy
├ Man Health20
└ Bonus Hit Points4
- Row Hard 30
Increases speed for 30 strokes.
- Stamina (good)
Governs how fast the unit tires and restores fatigue, and is dependent on type of unit, weight and approach to combat.
- Throw Pila (medium)
Orders the unit to throw their pila towards a spot causing damage to everyone in the area of effect
NOTE: you cannot throw Pila when you are inside a formation
- Hollow Square
The unit forms a hollow square formation to cover all four sides and improve morale and defense but renders itself unable to move with lower attack
- Repellere Equites (Repel Cavalry)
The soldiers raise their shields in defense, increasing bracing and ability to fight against mounted units; however, in this formation the unit cannot move
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.
Strengths & WeaknessesTower Hexareme
- Very good hull strength
- Heavy crew
- Slow speed
- Strong ramming
- Very good boarding
- Poor missile combat
- Very good attack
- Average defence
- Average damage but low armour penetration
- Good morale
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