Medium Assault Raider - Mercenary Illyrian HoplitesAble to withstand rough seas, these ships' crews can capture enemy vessels in any weather.
Bravery and brotherhood march as one in the hoplite phalanx.
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 Illyrian Hoplites)
Although called Illyrians by Greeks and Romans, these seafaring people from the Adriatic coast were actually not a single nation or tribe. The Greeks first had dealings with them during the Bronze Age, and the name was then applied to everyone in the area. The Illyrians were actually several petty, and not-so-petty, kingdoms that warred with each other when not fighting Greeks or their Macedonian neighbours. The Illyrians could not be lightly dismissed as barbarians: under powerful warlords such as Bardyllis, king of the Dardanians, they conquered Macedon and installed a puppet ruler in 393BC. It was Phillip II and Alexander the Great who eventually ended Illyrian interference in their affairs. The Illyrians were also pirates, and terrorised the Adriatic for centuries; this was what eventually prompted their subjugation by the Romans.
Unit NameMedium Assault Raider - Mercenary Illyrian Hoplites
Main Unit Keyinv_barbarian_medium_raider_melee_mercenary_ill_hoplites
Land Unit Keyinv_mercenary_ill_hoplites
Naval Unit Keybarbarian_medium_raider_melee
Custom Battle Cost600
├ Melee Weaponrome_hoplite_spear
├ Melee Damage Base20
├ Melee Damage Ap6
├ Armour PiercingNo
├ Bonus vs. Large15
├ Bonus vs Elephants15
└ Bonus vs Infantry0
├ Base Defence34
└ Shield Defence15
├ Armour Defence60
└ Shield Armour45
├ Man Entityrome_infantry_hoplite
├ Man Health45
└ Bonus Hit Points15
AbilitiesMedium Assault Raider
- Row Hard 10
Increases speed for 10 strokes.
- Hoplite Wall
The unit moves into close wall formation.
Bracing, melee defence, shield strength
- Expert Charge Defence
This unit’s melee attack and damage are increased against charging enemies.
- Hide (forest)
This unit can hide in forests until enemy units get too close.
Strengths & WeaknessesMedium Assault Raider
- Good hull strength
- Medium crew
- Fast speed
- Weak ramming
- Good boarding
- Good defensive unit
- Low damage but average armour penetration
- Average attack
- Normal morale
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