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Mowen Man
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2007 11:46 pm    Post subject: Hand Gonnes

This is a suggestion for a new archaic infantry: Hand Gonners. Hand gonners, or hand canonneers, were an archaic gunpowder troop during the 14th through 16th centuries. Their gun was essentially a metal tube which was hollowed with a hole at one end, and a hole in the top of it for a wick to go. Gunpowder and a small metal musket ball were loaded much the same as a musket, and the wick would be lit to ignite the powder. These guns were cheap and easy to manufacture, and their loud noise demoralized the enemy, making that the hand gonne's greatest asset. Hand gonnes were brought to South America by the Spanish in their campaign against the Meso-American Indians there. It worked well against the cotton armor the natives had, as well as frightened them into many routes. Use of these guns stopped around the 1550s, when Arqurebuses became cheap enough to aquire in large numbers.

A hand gonner would be a cheap hybrid of the pikeman and crossbowman, trainable in the Colonial Age. It would have shorter range and longer reload time than the crossbowman, but it would have a better hand attack. It would also have a good seige attack, but not as good as that of a pikeman. It would cost around 40 food and 60 gold to create, and take up one population space. It would only be trainable by the Spanish and Italians.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2007 3:21 am    Post subject:

Good idea. They remind me of the hand canoneer of AoK Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2007 7:42 am    Post subject:

With the introduction of chinese arquebusiers in TAD, we have renamed our arquebusier to hand cannoneer. Its existing traits are fairly similar to what you say.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2007 2:36 pm    Post subject:

Whenever I suggest a unit, I end up figuring out that it somehow already exists.... Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2007 3:42 pm    Post subject:

It means that both you and the team has good ideas Wink.
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