Guerrilla Swordsmen

Recruitment Cost 580
Upkeep Cost 120
Melee Attack 30
Weapon Damage 40
Bonus vs Infantry 2
Charge Bonus 30
Melee Defence 62
Armour 45
Health 55
Base Morale 45
Strengths & Weaknesses
  • Good attack
  • Average defence
  • Average damage but low armour penetration
  • Normal morale

The longsword was a weapon of high worth and status within the Celtic community. A warrior had to prove himself in battle many times before he was permitted to wield one. The two-handed longsword was first developed during the 8th century BC, but fell from favour before re-emerging around 450BC. It is possible that Celtic ironwork was significantly behind that of the Romans: apparently, the Gallic longswords used at the disastrous Battle of Telamon in 225BC bent very easily and had to be straightened against the ground. On the other hand, since Celtic ironworking was several centuries old, some believe that Roman accounts of this practice mistook a ritual to 'decommission' defeated, dishonoured or damaged weapons.

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