Painted WarriorsInhumanly decorated, and inhumanly savage, these men are dangerous indeed.
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 NamePainted Warriors
Main Unit Key3c_Cel_Painted_Warriors
Land Unit Key3c_Cel_Painted_Warriors
Naval Unit Key3c_barbarian_transport
Custom Battle Cost620
├ 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
- 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 & WeaknessesTransport
- Very poor hull strength
- Very slow speed
- Weak ramming
- Very good attack
- Average defence
- Average damage but low armour penetration
- Good morale