Assault Quadrireme - Legionarii ClassiciA quadrireme is a 39 meter long oared warship with two decks of oars, each rowed by two oarsmen. It is a useful battleship developed by the Carthaginians at the end of the 4th century BCE, but it lacks the speed and agility of lighter triremes.
(Roman Legionary Marines)
There is a good deal of debate as to how large ancient warships worked; the principles are understood, but the details are not always so clear. A Roman 'quadreme' or Greek 'tetreres' would seem to have four rows of oars if the name is translated literally. However, it is unclear how four sets of oars each with one rower apiece could be used without them getting in a terrible tangle even with a magnificently trained crew, or how the top set of rowers would be able to handle the extremely long oars pitched at a steep angle and still produce any power. The chances are that the term 'oar' had become synonymous with 'rower' and that the lowest bank had more than one man per oar. The other option was to go back to a double row of oars, with two men apiece. Two banks of oars would also have made for a cheaper construction task for each ship. Either way, the result was a ship that could rival the lighter trireme in speed, yet had more deck space for a large fighting contingent or artillery pieces.
The military reforms of Gaius Marius in 104BC transformed the Roman army into a professional fighting force. Recruits were no longer required to own land in order to be soldiers: Roman citizenship was enough. Without farms to return to, men were willing to make the army their career, fighting lengthy campaigns in return for the pay, glory and retirement benefits. The Legions were equipped at the expense of the state, and each man carried a pilum, a gladius and a large 'scutum' shield, emblazoned with their Legion’s insignia. Under Marius men were expected to carry their own equipment, removing the need for large baggage trains manned by non-combatants. Unfortunately for the men this meant that they were carrying kit that weighed around 45 kilos, earning them the nickname 'Marius' mules'.
Unit NameAssault Quadrireme - Legionarii Classici
Main Unit KeyRom_Assault_Quadreme_Late
Land Unit KeyJay_Marine_Legionaries
Naval Unit Keylate_roman_four
Custom Battle Cost1312
├ Missile Weaponpilum2
├ Missile Damage13
├ Missile Ap Damage3
└ Base Reload Time6
Shots Per Minute10
├ Melee Weapongladius2
├ Weapon Damage9
├ Weapon Deadliness1
├ Armour PiercingNo
├ Bonus vs. Cavalry0
├ Bonus vs. Elephants0
└ Bonus vs Infantry0
├ Base Defence23
└ Shield Defence58
├ Armour Defence16
└ Shield Armour0
├ Man Entityrome_infantry_very_heavy
├ Man Health20
└ Bonus Hit Points4
- Row Hard 10
Increases speed for 10 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 & WeaknessesAssault Quadrireme
- Average hull strength
- Medium crew
- Average speed
- Average ramming
- Average boarding
- Good attack
- Average defence
- Average damage but low armour penetration
- Normal morale
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