|Req. Town Buildings||None|
|# of figures||8|
|Melee Attack per figure||1|
|Defense per figure||2|
|Hit Points per figure||1|
Like all Spearmen, Barbarian Spearmen are a very basic combat unit which doesn't pose much of a threat to any serious opponent, though they can become a little stronger through Experience. While slightly more expensive than other Spearmen, they possess better Resistance and are capable of a weak Thrown Attack which they deliver before charging into Melee combat.
Barbarian Spearmen require an Upkeep Cost of only 1 to maintain. Failure to pay these costs will result in the unit being disbanded automatically.
Unit Properties Edit
Physical Description Edit
Barbarian Spearmen are a group of humanoids, each with the vivid red hair common to all Barbarians and dressed only in green trousers. They carry spears - long shafts of wood tipped with sharp metal points. These are used for stabbing at enemies within hand-to-hand combat range. They also carry specialized throwing spears, which are lobbed at enemies just prior to a head-on charge.
Attack Properties Edit
Barbarian Spearmen initially possess a very weak Melee Attack, which will only be threatening to other low-tier Normal Units. It gets a little stronger with Experience, and is also backed up by a weak-but-useful Thrown Attack.
Each Spearman makes a Melee Attack with a strength of 1. This delivers an average damage output of only 0.3, or rather, there is only a 30% chance for each Spearman to inflict any damage on the opponent, before allowing the opponent to make Defense rolls to deflect damage. Therefore the Barbarian Spearmen are highly unlikely to get through any armor at all.
Mitigating this slightly, a fully healed unit contains 8 Spearmen, so there are 8 separate chances to inflict damage. This still isn't much, so the Barbarian Spearmen's Melee Attack should not be counted upon to do any significant amount of damage to anything but the weakest enemy units, at least until they gain some Experience.
More importantly however, when the unit makes a voluntary Melee Attack against an enemy unit, it first executes a Thrown Attack, with a strength of 1 per Spearman. Again, this will cause about 0.3 points of Damage on average, with 8 separate attempts to get through the enemy's armor. Any enemy figure that actually gets killed by this attack cannot deliver any Melee Damage back at the Spearmen.
Defense Properties Edit
The Barbarian Spearmen possess a Defense score of 2 - just slightly stronger than their attack score. They can deflect about 0.6 points of Damage from any damage source, on average. This is rarely enough to save them from anything but the weakest attackers.
As with most Normal Units, each Barbarian Spearman possesses only 1 Hit Point. In other words, each point of Damage inflicted on this unit will kill off one of its figures.
For purposes of defending against Curses and other combat maledictions, the Barbarian Spearmen have a rather-low Resistance score of 5 - barely enough to protect them from such effects. This is still slightly higher than the Resistance score of most Spearmen units.
Other Properties Edit
Basic Strategy Edit
A horde of Spearmen can gang up on a stronger unit in order to whittle it down. Fortunately, Barbarian Spearmen are fairly cheap to produce, and thus hordes of them are not too difficult to acquire.
Ability Overview Edit
- Whenever this unit makes a Melee Attack against an enemy target, it also delivers a Thrown Attack with a strength of 1 per figure.
- All damage from a Thrown Attack is processed and delivered before the enemy gets the chance to retaliate. Any figures in the target unit that are killed by the attack do not get to deliver any Melee Damage in return.
- This Thrown Attack does not occur when the unit is Counter Attacking against an enemy assailant.
Experience Table Edit
The following table illustrates how the unit improves as it gains Experience. Any properties that are not listed here do not improve with Experience in any way.
|Level Icon||Level Name||EP||Melee||Thrown||To Hit||Defense||Resist||Hits|
|Recruit||0 - 19||1||1||30%||2||5||1|
|Regular||20 - 59||2||2||30%||2||6||1|
|Veteran||60 - 119||2||2||30%||3||7||1|
Average Damage Output Edit
The table below details the average amount of damage that each Figure in this unit will deliver with each type of attack, based on Experience Level. It can be used in comparison to the target's Defense rating to figure out the chance of hurting that target.
The Construction Cost of this unit is 15.
Barbarian Spearmen may appear for hire as Mercenaries. They may already have some Experience on being hired, and several units may be hired simultaneously. Hiring these units requires a certain cost in Gold that depends on many different factors. Barbarian Spearmen Mercenaries have the same Upkeep Cost as a normally-constructed unit.