Available to: England
Trained at: Archery Guild
Cost: 30 Wood, 50 Florins
Armor/Pierce Armor: 1/1
Accuracy Percentage: 65
Reloading Time: 5.5
Special: +3 vs. infantry, +2 vs. rams.
Armour: Padded Archer Armour , Leather Archer Armour , Ring Archer Armour
Accuracy: Thumb Ring
Training time: Indenture
Scenario Editor Notes
The Gascon Crossbowman replaces the Genoese Crossbowman in the English scenario editor.
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.
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.