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Colonial Pikemen (ETW Unit)

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Colonial Pikemen (ETW Unit)
Pikemen.jpg
Class Melee Infantry
Unit Size 160 Men
Weaponry Pikes and Swords
Morale
Melee Attack
Ranged Attack
Defence
Charge Bonus
Accuracy
Range
Ammunition
Region The Americas
Recruitment Cost 450
Upkeep Cost 180
Turns to Build
Unit Limit
Building Requirements Magistrate
Technology Requirements None
Attributes
  • Can hide in woodland
  • Can use Pike Wall Formation
  • Can Use Pike Square Formation

  • Pikemen thumb.png Pikemen carry long spears of a type that would have been familiar to the soldiers of Alexander the Great.

    Overview

    Despite the fact that firepower is the key to battle, “trailing a pike” into battle is more gentlemanly than carrying a gun. Pike-men are shock troops, relying on mass and impact in melee. Pikes are not without their uses: a solid wall of spear points is a formidable barrier to any cavalry attack. Pike-men still march into battle because not every European nation can afford (or find) enough guns for everyone. Sending men into battle with an obsolescent weapon is better than sending them forward with nothing at all.

    By 1700, most European generals realized that the pike and pike-men were hopelessly outdated and outclassed on a modern battlefield. Pike-men had been a vital part of all infantry formations, protecting musketeers from cavalry and being the “shock” element in melee combat. There was a fatal problem for pike-men: a musket could kill at a distance, and once a decent bayonet was developed, pikes really did lose their point!

    Although a brilliant general in every (other?) respect, Maurice de Saxe, the great Marshal General of France, remained an advocate of the pike even in the 1740s. By then, it was obvious that pikes were useless against massed musket-armed infantry.

    Deatails

    Colonial pikemen are available only in the Americas and to every European faction with a colony there. Colonial pikemen are the only infantry that can utilize the pike wall and pike square formation, in which they level their pikes to devastating effect against charging cavalry. They are seriously limited by their inability to use firearms and their rather poor melee stats against infantry. Colonial Pikemen also cannot scale walls or enter buildings, further limiting their use in sieges and defensive battles. Early on, they do have their uses as supplemental melee infantry should regular line infantry and militia require assistance.

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