Heavy Raider - Sword MastersStrong warships, constructed to withstand the worst the sea can throw at them.
These experienced, high-status warriors make fearsome battlefield opponents.
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 - Sword Masters
Main Unit KeyGer_Sword_Heavy_Raider
Land Unit KeyGer_Sword_Masters
Naval Unit Keybarbarian_heavy_raider
Custom Battle Cost910
├ Missile Weaponrome_javelin_precursor
├ Missile Damage19
├ Missile Ap Damage15
└ Base Reload Time40
Shots Per Minute2
├ Melee Weaponrome_celtic_longsword
├ Melee Damage Base32
├ Melee Damage Ap4
├ Armour PiercingNo
├ Bonus vs. Large0
├ Bonus vs Elephants0
└ Bonus vs Infantry5
├ Base Defence51
└ Shield Defence45
├ Armour Defence57
└ Shield Armour35
├ Man Entityrome_infantry_very_heavy_fast
├ Man Health60
└ Bonus Hit Points20
- Row Hard 20
Increases speed for 20 strokes.
The unit moves into a close formation and raises shields.
Armour strength, bracing, melee defence, shield strength
Improves a unit's charge and weapon damage for an extended period.
Charge damage, Weapon damage
Gradual increase in effectiveness of the unit's attack.
Melee attack, morale
This unit provides a morale bonus to nearby allies.
- 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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