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Missile Raider - Mercenary Steppe Slingers

These ships keep a contingent of archers aboard to harry enemy crews.

A good way to take a man off a horse is to hit them with a slingshot.

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.

(Mercenary Steppe Slingers)
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 Paulus was killed by a slinger early in the disastrous Battle of Cannae.

Missile Raider - Mercenary Steppe Slingers

Unit Name

Missile Raider - Mercenary Steppe Slingers

Main Unit Key

3c_Mer_Ste_Missile_Raider

Land Unit Key

3c_Mer_Steppe_Slingers

Naval Unit Key

3c_barbarian_raider_ranged

Soldiers

80

Category

Medium Ship

Class

Missile Ship

Custom Battle Cost

290

Recruitment Cost

290

Upkeep Cost

220

Missile Damage

23

├ Missile Weapon

rome_sling_improved

├ Projectile

sling_stone_improved

├ Missile Damage

17

├ Missile Ap Damage

6

└ Base Reload Time

10

Accuracy

5

Range

150

Reload

13

Shots Per Minute

7

Ammunition

25

Ship Health

└ Ship

barbarian_raider

Ship Speed

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

37

├ Base Defence

12

├ Shield

pelta

└ Shield Defence

25

Armour

15

├ Armour

cloth

├ Armour Defence

10

└ Shield Armour

5

Health

45

├ Man Entity

rome_infantry_very_light_fast

├ Man Health

40

└ Bonus Hit Points

5

Base Morale

20

Abilities

Missile Raider
  • Row Hard 10
    Increases speed for 10 strokes.
    Ship speed

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.
  • Resistant to Cold
    This unit tires less quickly in snow.

Strengths & Weaknesses

Missile Raider
  • Good hull strength
  • Medium crew
  • Fast speed
  • Weak ramming
  • Poor boarding
  • Good missile combat
Mercenary Steppe 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

Mercenaries Pool
Empire Divided
No. Pool Province Region Initial Unit Count Chance To Replenish Max Replenish Per Turn Max Count
1 3c_province_pool_naval_sarmatia_and_bosporous Bosporus Panticapaeum
Phanagoria
Tanais
1 0.15 1 1
2 3c_province_pool_naval_sarmatia_and_bosporous Sarmatia Melgunov
Olbia
Solokha
1 0.15 1 1
Athenae
Rome (Empire Divided)
Gortyna
Rome (Empire Divided)
Sparta
Rome (Empire Divided)
Alexandria
Egypt (Empire Divided)
Diospolis
Egypt (Empire Divided)
Memphis
Egypt (Empire Divided)
Myos Hormos
Egypt (Empire Divided)
Aksum
Axum (Empire Divided)
Meroe
Meroe (Empire Divided)
Ptolemais Theron
Blemmyes (Empire Divided)
Carthago
Rome (Empire Divided)
Hadrumentum
Rome (Empire Divided)
Leptis Magna
Rome (Empire Divided)
Macomades
Rome (Empire Divided)
Burdigala
Gallic Rome (Empire Divided)
Gergovia
Gallic Rome (Empire Divided)
Limonum
Gallic Rome (Empire Divided)
Eudaemon
Himyar (Empire Divided)
Maas-gat
Mascat (Empire Divided)
Marib
Saba (Empire Divided)
Adummatu
Lakhmids (Empire Divided)
Gerrha
Gerrhea (Empire Divided)
Yathrib
Ma'In (Empire Divided)
Amul
Margiana (Empire Divided)
Artacoana
Margiana (Empire Divided)
Merv
Margiana (Empire Divided)
Arsamosata
Armenia (Empire Divided)
Artaxa
Armenia (Empire Divided)
Carana
Armenia (Empire Divided)
Tigranocerta
Armenia (Empire Divided)
Ephesus
Lydia (Empire Divided)
Pergamon
Lydia (Empire Divided)
Pessinus
Lydia (Empire Divided)
Rhodos
Lydia (Empire Divided)
Baktria
Baktria (Empire Divided)
Eucratides
Baktria (Empire Divided)
Kapisene
Baktria (Empire Divided)
Corduba
Lusitania (Empire Divided)
Gades
Lusitania (Empire Divided)
Toletum
Hispania Citerior (Empire Divided)
Nemecatum
Gallic Rome (Empire Divided)
Treverorum
Gallic Rome (Empire Divided)
Amaseia
Lydia (Empire Divided)
Nicomedia
Lydia (Empire Divided)
Sinope
Lydia (Empire Divided)
Trapezos
Lydia (Empire Divided)
Panticapaeum
Bosporou (Empire Divided)
Phanagoria
Bosporou (Empire Divided)
Tanais
Bosporou (Empire Divided)
Camulodunum
Britannia (Empire Divided)
Isca
Britannia (Empire Divided)
Mordiunon
Britannia (Empire Divided)
Sleaford
Britannia (Empire Divided)
Bam
The Sassanids (Empire Divided)
Harmozia
The Sassanids (Empire Divided)
Gabala
Ardhan (Empire Divided)
Mtskheta
Kartli (Empire Divided)
Phasis
Colchis (Empire Divided)
Akhur
Dahae (Empire Divided)
Aktau
Dahae (Empire Divided)
Genua
Roman Pretenders (Empire Divided)
Mediolanum
Roman Pretenders (Empire Divided)
Patavium
Roman Pretenders (Empire Divided)
Aleria
Roman Pretenders (Empire Divided)
Caralis
Roman Pretenders (Empire Divided)
Pelendava
Roxolani (Empire Divided)
Petrodava
Gothi (Empire Divided)
Piscul
Roxolani (Empire Divided)
Zarmizegetusa
Rome (Empire Divided)
Ancyra
Galatia (Empire Divided)
Iconium
Galatia (Empire Divided)
Mazaca
Galatia (Empire Divided)
Side
Galatia (Empire Divided)
Bibracte
Gallic Rome (Empire Divided)
Cenabum
Gallic Rome (Empire Divided)
Darioritum
Gallic Rome (Empire Divided)
Iuliobana
Gallic Rome (Empire Divided)
Oraea
Sakastan (Empire Divided)
Phrada
Sakastan (Empire Divided)
Pura
Sakastan (Empire Divided)
Bavay
Gallic Rome (Empire Divided)
Vesonto
Gallic Rome (Empire Divided)
Bergium
Alemanni (Empire Divided)
Budorgis
Marcomanni (Empire Divided)
Istros
Quadi (Empire Divided)
Ibossim
Hispania Citerior (Empire Divided)
Nova Carthago
Hispania Citerior (Empire Divided)
Numantia
Hispania Citerior (Empire Divided)
Saguntum
Hispania Citerior (Empire Divided)
Dyrrachium
Rome (Empire Divided)
Narona
Rome (Empire Divided)
Salona
Rome (Empire Divided)
Beneventum
Roman Pretenders (Empire Divided)
Brundisium
Roman Pretenders (Empire Divided)
Cosentia
Roman Pretenders (Empire Divided)
Jerusalem
Palmyra (Empire Divided)
Salamis
Palmyra (Empire Divided)
Tyros
Palmyra (Empire Divided)
Ariminium
Roman Pretenders (Empire Divided)
Arretium
Roman Pretenders (Empire Divided)
Asculum
Roman Pretenders (Empire Divided)
Roma
Roman Pretenders (Empire Divided)
Ammonium
Egypt (Empire Divided)
Augila
Nasamones (Empire Divided)
Cyrene
Rome (Empire Divided)
Paraitonion
Egypt (Empire Divided)
Arsenium
Vandali (Empire Divided)
Carrodunum
Vandali (Empire Divided)
Grinev
Buri (Empire Divided)
Oblin
Nahanarvali (Empire Divided)
Ebora
Lusitania (Empire Divided)
Olisipo
Lusitania (Empire Divided)
Apollonia
Rome (Empire Divided)
Pharsalus
Rome (Empire Divided)
Thessalonica
Rome (Empire Divided)
Flevium
Franci (Empire Divided)
Treva
Saxoni (Empire Divided)
Tulifurdum
Langobardi (Empire Divided)
Rutubis
Mauri (Empire Divided)
Siga
Mauretania (Empire Divided)
Tingis
Mauretania (Empire Divided)
Arsakia
The Sassanids (Empire Divided)
Ekbatana
Media (Empire Divided)
Gazaca
Media (Empire Divided)
Phraaspa
Media (Empire Divided)
Charax
The Sassanids (Empire Divided)
Ctesiphon
The Sassanids (Empire Divided)
Edessa
Palmyra (Empire Divided)
Hatra
The Sassanids (Empire Divided)
Charmuthas
Nabataea (Empire Divided)
Hegra
Nabataea (Empire Divided)
Petra
Palmyra (Empire Divided)
Massilia
Gallic Rome (Empire Divided)
Narbo
Gallic Rome (Empire Divided)
Tolosa
Gallic Rome (Empire Divided)
Capsa
Numidia (Empire Divided)
Cirta
Numidia (Empire Divided)
Dimmidi
Numidia (Empire Divided)
Iol
Numidia (Empire Divided)
Dura
Palmyra (Empire Divided)
Palmyra
Palmyra (Empire Divided)
Aquincum
Rome (Empire Divided)
Segestica
Rome (Empire Divided)
Singidun
Rome (Empire Divided)
Hekatompylos
The Sassanids (Empire Divided)
Nisa
The Sassanids (Empire Divided)
Susia
The Sassanids (Empire Divided)
Zadrakata
The Sassanids (Empire Divided)
Gor
The Sassanids (Empire Divided)
Persepolis
The Sassanids (Empire Divided)
Susa
The Sassanids (Empire Divided)
Cydamus
Garamantia (Empire Divided)
Garama
Garamantia (Empire Divided)
Eilodon
Caledonii (Empire Divided)
Elbana
Ebdani (Empire Divided)
Stanwick
Britannia (Empire Divided)
Kelheim
Gallic Rome (Empire Divided)
Koria
Gallic Rome (Empire Divided)
Noreia
Rome (Empire Divided)
Octoduris
Gallic Rome (Empire Divided)
Melgunov
Gothi (Empire Divided)
Olbia
Gothi (Empire Divided)
Solokha
Heruli (Empire Divided)
Gelonus
Alani (Empire Divided)
Samandar
Alani (Empire Divided)
Sarai
Iastae (Empire Divided)
Siracena
Alani (Empire Divided)
Agrigentum
Roman Pretenders (Empire Divided)
Panormus
Roman Pretenders (Empire Divided)
Syracuse
Roman Pretenders (Empire Divided)
Calancorum
Semnones (Empire Divided)
Pelplin
Rugii (Empire Divided)
Setidava
Burgundii (Empire Divided)
Virunium
Varini (Empire Divided)
Antioch
Palmyra (Empire Divided)
Samosata
Palmyra (Empire Divided)
Tarsus
Palmyra (Empire Divided)
Thapsacus
Palmyra (Empire Divided)
Aracillum
Hispania Citerior (Empire Divided)
Brigantium
Lusitania (Empire Divided)
Tarraco
Hispania Citerior (Empire Divided)
Terra Incognita
Antheia
Rome (Empire Divided)
Naissos
Rome (Empire Divided)
Odessos
Rome (Empire Divided)
Pulpudeva
Rome (Empire Divided)
Bukhara
Kwarezm (Empire Divided)
Maracanda
Baktria (Empire Divided)