Medium Assault Raider - Celtic SwordsmenAble to withstand rough seas, these ships' crews can capture enemy vessels in any weather.
Brave, but unskilled, these men will fight and die for the tribe's honour.
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.
For hundreds of years, the Celtic warrior was the prime example of the quintessential barbarian fighter, standing over a head taller than their Mediterranean opponents. Their attacks in battle were fearless - as wild and savage as they were skilled and deadly. As the Celtic people spread across Europe, their warriors turned to new, different styles of warfare, often due to the local terrain and the natural resources available. For example, in Spain, they became master swordsmen; in southern Gaul, they manufactured impressive armour, preferring long swords. In Britain they continued to fight from chariots, adapted for use on rough ground. It took Rome 500 years before they managed to secure their territory against the Celtic warriors pressing against their borders.
Unit NameMedium Assault Raider - Celtic Swordsmen
Main Unit Key3c_Cal_Medium_Assault_Raider_commander
Land Unit Key3c_Cel_Celtic_Swordsmen
Naval Unit Key3c_barbarian_medium_raider_melee
Custom Battle Cost580
├ Missile Weaponrome_javelin_precursor
├ Missile Damage20
├ Missile Ap Damage12
└ Base Reload Time15
Shots Per Minute4
├ Melee Weaponrome_celtic_longsword
├ Melee Damage Base36
├ Melee Damage Ap4
├ Armour PiercingNo
├ Bonus vs. Large0
├ Bonus vs Elephants0
└ Bonus vs Infantry0
├ Base Defence24
└ Shield Defence30
├ Armour Defence30
└ Shield Armour35
├ Man Entityrome_infantry_medium
├ Man Health40
└ Bonus Hit Points10
AbilitiesMedium Assault Raider
- Row Hard 10
Increases speed for 10 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 & WeaknessesMedium Assault Raider
- Good hull strength
- Medium crew
- Fast speed
- Weak ramming
- Good boarding
- Good attack
- Average defence
- Average damage but low armour penetration
- Normal morale