Heavy Raider - Armoured Steppe WarriorsStrong warships, constructed to withstand the worst the sea can throw at them.
The most fearless warriors face death head on, but the sensible ones wear armour.
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.
(Armoured Steppe Warriors)
These nomadic tribesmen come from the vast steppes to the north of the Black and Caspian Seas, and were known variously as Scythians or Saka, and later the western Sarmatians. Light infantry, they were often armed with javelins or medium length spears and used shields covered in animal hide. Such shields could also be scaled with either horn or metal. This type of armour also extended to their clothing at times, with scaled versions of their tunics becoming widespread, especially amongst the nobility. These men also made extensive use of daggers, straight swords and the fearsome sagaris, a one-handed battle-axe, with both a bladed or hammer-like head and a pick-like point on the reverse for punching through armour. Complimenting their foot archers and horsemen, the role of such men was simply to protect the former from the latter. Far from barbarians, steppe culture, although nomadic, was a rich and diverse one.
Unit NameHeavy Raider - Armoured Steppe Warriors
Main Unit Key3c_Ala_Heavy_Assault_Raider_commander
Land Unit Key3c_Ala_Armoured_Steppe_Warriors
Naval Unit Key3c_barbarian_heavy_raider
Custom Battle Cost920
├ Missile Weaponrome_javelin_precursor
├ Missile Damage20
├ Missile Ap Damage12
└ Base Reload Time15
Shots Per Minute4
├ Melee Weaponrome_celtic_hellenic_sword_elite
├ Melee Damage Base36
├ Melee Damage Ap4
├ Armour PiercingNo
├ Bonus vs. Large0
├ Bonus vs Elephants0
└ Bonus vs Infantry0
├ Base Defence30
└ Shield Defence30
├ Armour Defence40
└ Shield Armour30
├ Man Entityrome_infantry_very_heavy
├ Man Health45
└ Bonus Hit Points15
- Row Hard 20
Increases speed for 20 strokes.
- Hide (forest)
This unit can hide in forests until enemy units get too close.
- Resistant to Cold
This unit tires less quickly in snow.
Strengths & WeaknessesHeavy Raider
- Very good hull strength
- Medium crew
- Average speed
- Average ramming
- Very good boarding
- Good attack
- Average defence
- Average damage but low armour penetration
- Normal morale