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Mercenary Slingers Mercenaries Missile Infantry

Mercenary Slingers

A good slinger can make the humble rock as effective a projectile as the javelin.

Slingers were common in ancient armies. Slings are ancient weapons, dating back to Palaeolithic times. In comparison to bows, they were easy to make and had a greater effective range. Constructed from braided flax, hemp or rushes, a sling has a cradle where the shot is placed. One end has a finger-loop, while the other has a knot or strip giving a firm handhold. The slinger puts his middle finger through the loop and holds the knotted end with his thumb and forefinger. After whirling the shot in the sling it is released with a flick of the wrist. Quick to fire and reload, the sling was widely hated by those on the receiving end. Shot varied from stones collected in rivers to shaped lumps of clay and lead; lead shot could fly over 400 metres. Such missiles were sometimes inscribed with comments such as “Catch!” or “Take that!” Shot was difficult to see in flight, and although it lacked the penetrating power of an arrow it could easily break bone or stave-in armour at short ranges. Famously, the Roman Consul Paullus was killed by a slinger early in the disastrous Battle of Cannae.

Mercenary Slingers

Unit Name

Mercenary Slingers

Main Unit Key

3c_Mer_Slingers

Land Unit Key

3c_Mer_Slingers

Naval Unit Key

3c_pel_transport

Soldiers

120

Category

Missile Infantry

Class

Missile Infantry

Custom Battle Cost

210

Recruitment Cost

210

Upkeep Cost

160

Missile Damage

20

├ Missile Weapon

rome_sling

├ Projectile

sling_stone

├ Missile Damage

16

├ Missile Ap Damage

4

└ Base Reload Time

10

Accuracy

5

Range

150

Reload

13

Shots Per Minute

7

Ammunition

25

Melee Attack

8

Weapon Damage

24

├ Melee Weapon

rome_shortsword

├ Melee Damage Base

20

├ Melee Damage Ap

4

├ Armour Piercing

No

├ Bonus vs. Large

0

├ Bonus vs Elephants

0

└ Bonus vs Infantry

0

Charge Bonus

3

Melee Defence

22

├ Base Defence

12

├ Shield

small_bronze

└ Shield Defence

10

Armour

20

├ Armour

cloth

├ Armour Defence

10

└ Shield Armour

10

Health

45

├ Man Entity

rome_infantry_very_light

├ Man Health

40

└ Bonus Hit Points

5

Base Morale

25

Abilities

No Ability

Attributes

  • Resistant to Fatigue
    Fatigue has less of an effect on this unit.
  • Hide (scrub & forest)
    This unit can hide in scrub and forest until enemy units get too close.

Strengths & Weaknesses

Transport
  • Very poor hull strength
  • Very slow speed
  • Weak ramming
Mercenary Slingers
  • Very long range
  • Average rate of fire
  • Low damage but average armour penetration
  • Very weak in melee
  • Very poor morale

Empire Divided Mercenaries Pool

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