Fire Pot Bireme - Legionarii ClassiciA fire-pot armed bireme, this 30 meter long oared warship (galley) has two decks of oars and jars of flammable pitch suspended over the bow on long poles. These are dropped onto enemy ships and can quickly ignite the decks.
(Roman Legionary Marines)
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.
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 NameFire Pot Bireme - Legionarii Classici
Main Unit KeyRom_Firepot_Bireme_Late
Land Unit KeyJay_Marine_Legionaries_Scouts
Naval Unit Keyroman_fire_pot_two
Custom Battle Cost1062
├ 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 Defence52
├ Armour Defence16
└ Shield Armour0
├ Man Entityrome_infantry_very_heavy
├ Man Health20
└ Bonus Hit Points4
AbilitiesFire Pot Bireme
- 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 & WeaknessesFire Pot Bireme
- Very poor hull strength
- Very light crew
- Fast speed
- Very strong initial ramming
- Good boarding
- Good attack
- Average defence
- Average damage but low armour penetration
- Normal morale
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