Assault Dieres - Mercenary Etruscan Axe InfantryWith a ramming attack that can break an enemy hull, these ships are deadly weapons.
A force of mobile axemen always gives a general the cutting edge over his opponent.
The waterline ram was first mounted on a vessel in around 850BC. Warships and naval tactics were transformed. Ships were no longer platforms for infantry battles on the water; the ship itself became the weapon. Galleys changed as the new reality sank in. Ramming at speed would hole and sink an enemy, therefore slimmer, faster, handier ships were required. More speed on demand obviously required more oars a fast ship with a single row of oars ended up being stupidly, impractically long. The solution, then, was to put in a second set of oars above the first, but slightly offset to allow for rowers' benches. These biremes, a Latin word meaning 'two oars', or dieres, the Greek equivalent, were no longer than previous designs but had twice the number of rowers. They were fast, manoeuvrable, and could carry a fighting contingent. Some nations also gave their bireme crews fire pots; these clay pots filled with oil and pitch were hurled at enemy ships in the entirely reasonable hope of setting them ablaze.
(Mercenary Etruscan Axe Infantry)
Etruscan armies, like most ancient Mediterranean forces, were drawn from a citizen body who were otherwise farmers when not at war. Soldiers paid for their own equipment and fought for the individual city-state to which they belonged. Etruscan warriors were heavily influenced by the Greek military style, with wealthier fighters going into battle with bronze breastplates and greaves, Corinthian-style helmets and round shields. Hardened leather armour was also used, which was more flexible, but did not offer the same level of protection. Etruria's early armies probably employed the phalanx style of combat, but as Gauls and other barbarians descended from the Alps and into Italy, Etruscan soldiers adopted a looser way of fighting. Common finds in Etruscan grave sites are bell-shaped bronze helmets, sometimes with cheek-guards, as well as shorter melee weapons, including swords and axes. Ultimately, Etruria's downfall was not due to the quality of its warriors, but rather the refusal of the various Etruscan cities to band together and support each other against the rising threat from Rome.
Unit NameAssault Dieres - Mercenary Etruscan Axe Infantry
Main Unit Keyinv_greek_two_mercenary_etruscan_axe_infantry
Land Unit Keyinv_mercenary_etruscan_axe_infantry
Naval Unit Keygreek_two
Custom Battle Cost280
├ Melee Weaponrome_celtic_axe
├ Melee Damage Base16
├ Melee Damage Ap10
├ Armour PiercingYes
├ Bonus vs. Large0
├ Bonus vs Elephants0
└ Bonus vs Infantry0
├ Base Defence20
└ Shield Defence10
├ Armour Defence35
└ Shield Armour30
├ Man Entityrome_infantry_medium
├ Man Health40
└ Bonus Hit Points10
- Row Hard 10
Increases speed for 10 strokes.
- Hide (forest)
This unit can hide in forests until enemy units get too close.
Strengths & WeaknessesAssault Dieres
- Very poor hull strength
- Very light crew
- Fast speed
- Weak ramming
- Good boarding
- Average attack
- Poor defence
- Low damage but good armour penetration
- Poor morale