The Mounted Cranequinier is the upgrade of the Mounted Crossbowman. Actually, the cranequin is only a better loading device for crossbows, making it easier for the crossbowman to reload his weapon on horseback.
The Mounted Cranequiner has more hit points, fires farther and trains faster than its predecessor, and also has a bit of armor, but its bolt is no stronger.
Trained at: Archery Guild
Cost: 40 Wood, 65 Florins
Armor/Pierce Armor: 1/0
Accuracy Percentage: 50
Reloading Time: 3.5
Special: +1 vs spearmen.
Upgrades From: Mounted Crossbowman
Upgrade Cost: 900 Food, 500 Florins
Upgrade Century: 15th
Attack, Range: Fletching, Bodkin Arrow, Bracer, Bow Practise
Armour: Padded Archer Armour. Leather Archer Armour, Ring Archer Armour
Armour, Bonuses: Plackart
Hit Points: Bloodlines
In a word, these are wicked. With an improved reload rate while moving they can be seen as hit-and-run beasts among non-unique units making them effecitve raiders, a job in which speed and range are all that matter. For some civs they are the best archer money can buy, and in other cases (such as the Bretons) they can round out an already superb cavalry arsenal.
Trouble is, they are cavalry and archers. In other words, they are the exact unit you don't want to counter a trash army with.
Civs and Mounted Crossbowmen
Brittany: cheaper in the 14th and 15th century.
Helvetia: cheaper in the 14th and 15th century.