Gascon Crossbowmen

The Gascon Crossbowman is a unique unit of England that is trained at the Archery Guild. It is a short-ranged, but well-armored crossbowman with small bonuses vs. infantry and battering rams.

Statistics[edit | edit source]

Vital[edit | edit source]

Available to: England

Trained at: Archery Guild

Century: 13th

Cost: 30 Wood, 50 Florins


Combat[edit | edit source]

HP: 35

Attack: 12

Armor/Pierce Armor: 1/1

Range: 6

Accuracy Percentage: 65

Reloading Time: 5.5

Special: +3 vs. infantry, +2 vs. rams.

Upgrades[edit | edit source]

Attack, Range: Fletching , Bodkin Arrow , Bracer , Bow Practice

Attack: Alchemy

Armour: Padded Archer Armour , Leather Archer Armour , Ring Archer Armour

Accuracy: Thumb Ring

Training time: Indenture

Scenario Editor Notes[edit | edit source]

The Gascon Crossbowman replaces the Genoese Crossbowman in the English scenario editor.

Commentary[edit | edit source]

Unlike the Genoese look-alike, the Gascon Crossbowman is just as strong as a regular crossbowman but has a fairly short range, so it may be best deployed directly behind lines of infantry. They have a small anti-ram bonus, making them good for stopping 13th century siege, as well as a small anti-infantry bonus to protect weaker units, like spearmen, from stronger infantry.

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

The crossbow seems to have been accepted quite early in southern France and when the English controlled Gascony, Edward I prefered to hire contingents of Gascon Crossbowmen to support his army. The Gascons used a quite early type of crossbow which lacked a loading stirrup making it less effective than later crossbows that were equipped with better loading devices.

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