Heavy Raider - Painted WarriorsStrong warships, constructed to withstand the worst the sea can throw at them.
Inhumanly decorated, and inhumanly savage, these men are dangerous indeed.
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.
The painted warriors of Britain were recognisable thanks to the blue designs adorning their skin and made famous by Julius Caesar’s 'De Bello Gallico'. Their bravery and savagery is evident from his commentaries. Fighting unarmoured, and sometimes naked in the style of the Gaulish Gaesatae or the northern Picts, the painted ones relied on their skills with the Celtic longsword, a weapon designed to slash and hack rather than stab, and their tall shields, which could also be used as a weapon in its own right. Their tattoos generally took the form of curlicue lines, dashes and circles, which mirrored abstracted animal and natural forms. Frightening to behold, these designs probably held religious significance, uniting the warriors with their gods, their lands and their tribes. Whether woad was the source of the blue dye or some mixture of copper and iron that Caesar referred to as 'vitrum' is not entirely clear. Woad, however, does make a better candidate as it has slightly antiseptic properties.
Unit NameHeavy Raider - Painted Warriors
Main Unit Key3c_Cal_Heavy_Assault_Raider
Land Unit Key3c_Cel_Painted_Warriors
Naval Unit Key3c_barbarian_heavy_raider
Custom Battle Cost850
├ Melee Weaponrome_celtic_longsword_bonus_infantry
├ Melee Damage Base20
├ Melee Damage Ap5
├ Armour PiercingNo
├ Bonus vs. Large0
├ Bonus vs Elephants0
└ Bonus vs Infantry15
├ Base Defence21
└ Shield Defence35
├ Armour Defence0
└ Shield Armour10
├ Man Entityrome_infantry_light_fast_barb
├ Man Health45
└ Bonus Hit Points10
- 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.
- Scare (everyone)
This unit frightens all enemy units.
Strengths & WeaknessesHeavy Raider
- Very good hull strength
- Medium crew
- Average speed
- Average ramming
- Very good boarding
- Very good attack
- Average defence
- Average damage but low armour penetration
- Good morale