Warband (Britannia)
Briton Warband
Appears in Rome: Total War
Belongs to Britons
Type Light Infantry
Weapon(s) Spear
Soldiers in each unit 121
Attack skill 7
Charge bonus 4
Hitpoints 1
Armor 3
Defense skill 2
Shield bonus 5
Special abilities Warcry improves attack; Expert at hiding in woods; Combat bonus in woods or snow; May charge without orders
Cost 420
Upkeep 200

Warbands are bound to the service of a strongman or petty village head. They are the basic unit to be found in many barbarian armies. They fight well, as glory and loot are the road to status, but are often difficult to control. They care little for discipline and less for restraint, but they can be relied on to fight, and fight hard. In warfare it is up to each man to prove his own bravery and worth, so the savage charge into the enemy is about as sophisticated as they ever want to be!

Each man carries a stabbing spear and a large shield. Every barbarian chieftain who has fought his way to the top of the tribe has had a warband to help him up there. These men tend to be bound by specific loyalties, and loyalties based more on a perception of strength than anything else. In battle they are the undisciplined barbarians that the Romans describe them as, but this lack of discipline can manifest itself as a ferocity that even the Romans fear. They are armed with long spears and are effective in repulsing many kinds of the best Roman and Greek cavalry.

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A British Spear Warband preparing for battle.