Armstrong guns are modern artillery pieces that can bombard the enemy at very long range with deadly and terrifying explosive shells. They are accurate and easy for their crews to reload but, like most artillery, these guns can be overrun in close combat. Their crews are not numerous, and are not trained to fight in hand-to-hand battle. Their morale, though, is good, as they take pride in using the some of the most modern and powerful artillery available.
William Armstrong (1810-1900) was one of the engineering titans of Victorian Britain, and a prodigious inventor of mechanical devices. This talent gained him a Fellowship of the Royal Society, and made him an extremely rich man. His design for the built-up barrel of the breech-loading “Armstrong gun” was clever, making it extremely strong and accurate; there was even a rather modern “squeeze bore” design that narrowed the barrel very slightly at the muzzle. While the British war department continued to purchase muzzle loaders, Armstrong supplied both sides in the American Civil War. His other engineering interests were impressive. His home at Cragside in Northumberland had its own hydro-electric power plant. For decades his shipyards made cruisers and battleships for the Royal Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy. Railway locomotives were another profitable enterprise.
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├ Recruitment Turns3
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└ Melee Weaponsword
Bonus vs Cavalry0
├ Gun Typeboshin_armstrong_cannon
└ Fire Power1
└ Mount Armour4
Strengths & Weaknesses
- Very long range and devastating explosive shells.
- Good accuracy and average reload rate.
- Weak in melee.
- Average morale.