Assault Raider - Mercenary Illyrian RaidersUseful ships, with crews large enough to board enemy vessels.
Fast-moving, stealthy infantry are ideal for hit-and-run tactics.
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 Raiders)
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 NameAssault Raider - Mercenary Illyrian Raiders
Main Unit Keyinv_barbarian_raider_melee_mercenary_ill_raiders
Land Unit Keyinv_mercenary_ill_raiders
Naval Unit Keybarbarian_raider_melee
Custom Battle Cost350
├ Missile Weaponrome_javelin_precursor
├ Missile Damage20
├ Missile Ap Damage12
└ Base Reload Time15
Shots Per Minute4
├ Melee Weaponrome_celtic_axe
├ Melee Damage Base16
├ Melee Damage Ap10
├ Armour PiercingYes
├ Bonus vs. Large0
├ Bonus vs Elephants0
└ Bonus vs Infantry0
├ Base Defence15
└ Shield Defence25
├ Armour Defence25
└ Shield Armour35
├ Man Entityrome_infantry_medium_fast
├ Man Health40
└ Bonus Hit Points5
- Row Hard 10
Increases speed for 10 strokes.
- Guerrilla Deployment
This unit can deploy outside of the deployment zone.
This unit can move hidden in any terrain.
Strengths & WeaknessesAssault Raider
- Average hull strength
- Light crew
- Very fast speed
- Weak ramming
- Average boarding
- Average attack
- Weak defence
- Average damage but low armour penetration
- Poor morale
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