Spanish Units

Peasant

The last option of any desperate army (except perhaps slaves or convicts), peasants are good for increasing your numbers...and not much else. Poorly armed and with little military experience, their morale and discipline are both understandably low. They are cheap to train, however, and their one advantage is an ability to hide well. Peasants should be used as an absolute last resort, or in cases where funds are extremely short.




Skirmishers

Much like the Roman velites, skirmishers are restricted to peppering the enemy with long-range javelins before the actual battle commences. They can also be useful for acting as a distraction to the enemy, to lure them into an ambush, or to create a diversion by attacking some target. They are fairly useless in melee combat, and should not be subjected to it.




Slingers

Slingers perform a similar role to archers and skirmishers; their attack differs in method rather than in result. They can "reload" faster than most archers, but are even more vulnerable against any kind of close combat troops. The most famous slingers of the ancient world were those of the Balearic Isles. In general, slingers were not quite as widely used as, say, archers or skirmishers, for whatever reason.




Scutarii

Scutarii are well-equipped light infantry armed with swords, shields and heavy javelins. They are called by the Romans because of their distinctive, large, oval shields (the Latin for shield being 'scutum'). They fight with heavy javelins and swords, peppering the enemy with missiles before closing up for hand-to-hand combat. Centuries of feuding among the hill tribes have hardened the people so there is no shortage of tough and cunning warriors - they are quite handy when springing tactical ambushes on enemy units. Historically, the design of the later Roman legionary sword (or gladius) was influenced by the blades carried by these men. The design was adopted after Roman armies had faced large formations of scutarii during the First Punic War.


Naked Fanatics

This is a rather stereotypical unit that one finds in almost every game which features barbarians. Nevertheless, the naked fanatics, wildest of the barbarian hordes, are truly a force to be reckoned with, as they are entirely without fear and think nothing of sacrificing themselves - as long as they can take their enemies down with them. They are poorly disciplined, obviously. Like most other barbarians, they are armed with swords.




Town Militia

As the name suggests, the town watch is more of a sentry force than anything else. A militia made up of local townspeople, it is poorly-armed and largely useless against any competent troops. However, when one considers the immense advantages given to the defender in the siege of any fortified town, it is obvious that even the watch can hold off enemies for a substantial amount of time. They are also useful for keeping peasants in line, as can be necessary in towns that have recently been captured, and are not yet entirely resigned to your rule.


Iberian Infantry

For many years, decades even, the Carthaginians had a great deal of influence in Spain. Indeed, Hannibal's march on Rome began here. Therefore, it is natural that a large part of the Carthaginian infantry would be made up of the hardy warriors of the Iberian tribes. Unarmored, they fight at close range with only a sword. Although good fighters, they will fall to pieces against the might of a Roman legion.




Bull Warriors

Among the doughty folk of the Spanish hills the bull warriors are men whose bravery, stamina and skill is unmatched. These elite fighters are shock troops who disregard all danger when cutting their enemies to pieces. Carrying only a sword and shield they do not look much of a threat, a mistaken assessment that enemies rarely get to make twice! This is particularly true of they manage to ambush enemy forces. They fear no men and their over-eagerness to join a battle can be problematic, but like all foot soldiers, they need to be wary of cavalry. Bull warriors derive their name from the distinctive horned helmets which they wear.


Wardogs

Used occasionally in battle by various nations, these dogs were deliberately starved to make them all the more fierce (and hungry!). They were trained to target horse's hamstrings and therefore could be used against either infantry or cavalry. Although they were obviously never used on the scale possible in the game, they could be a fairly formidable deterrent to any group of infantry.





Round and Long Shield Cavalry

A rather generic name, but these horsemen know how to do their job. Armed with swords, they are essentially light cavalry, useful for raids, for quick strikes, and for chasing a retreating enemy, but not much use in the heat of battle. Like any other horsemen, they will not be able to attack spearmen to any effect. Long Shield Cavalry are armed with spears and are slightly heavier units.




General's Guard

A bodyguard was, historically speaking, a functional unit, rather than a type of soldier. In the game, however, they are spear-armed shock cavalry, whose success or failure depends to a large extent on the personal characteristics of the general who they are guarding - his effect on their morale, for example, or on their discipline, will play a large role in determining how they fight. They are in all cases excellent troops.


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