Assault Dieres - Mercenary HoplitesWith a ramming attack that can break an enemy hull, these ships are deadly weapons.
Hoplites: no other word says "Greeks at war" in quite the same way.
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.
Hoplites date back to the wars between the Greek city-states in the 8th and 7th centuries BC. During the Greco-Persian Wars most hoplites wore a Corinthian-style bronze helm, and a cuirass of bronze or stiffened linen or canvas. They were armed with a short sword and an iron-tipped spear with a bronze counterbalance butt-spike. Hoplites were named, though, after the round hoplon shield they carried. The hoplon-and-spear combination required them to fight as a phalanx, a block of spearmen some eight ranks deep. When closed up, each man would find shelter behind the shield of his neighbour, creating a wall of bristling spear-points. While all hoplites were originally citizen-soldiers, full-time mercenaries took over and became the standard fighting unit of the Greek world. Later, under Phillip II of Macedon and Alexander the Great, the shield became smaller, while the spear developed into the five metre sarissa pike. Many armies adopted the phalanx of hoplites as a tactical unit because it was very successful in battle.
Unit NameAssault Dieres - Mercenary Hoplites
Main Unit Keyinv_greek_two_mercenary_hoplites
Land Unit Keyinv_mercenary_hoplites
Naval Unit Keygreek_two
Custom Battle Cost450
├ Melee Weaponrome_hoplite_spear
├ Melee Damage Base20
├ Melee Damage Ap6
├ Armour PiercingNo
├ Bonus vs. Large15
├ Bonus vs Elephants15
└ Bonus vs Infantry0
├ Base Defence40
└ Shield Defence15
├ Armour Defence35
└ Shield Armour45
├ Man Entityrome_infantry_hoplite
├ Man Health45
└ Bonus Hit Points15
- Row Hard 10
Increases speed for 10 strokes.
- Hoplite Wall
The unit moves into close wall formation.
Bracing, melee defence, shield strength
This unit does not suffer a morale penalty when the general dies. It can also rally after routing more often.
- Formation Attack
The unit will try to stay in formation when in melee.
- 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
- Very good defensive unit
- Low damage but average armour penetration
- Average attack
- Good morale
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