Voltiguers (NTW unit)

Grand Campaign Voltiguers
Peninsular Campaign Voltiguers
Category: Infantry
Class: Skirmishers
Men: 20 / 40 / 60 / 80
Range: 100
Accuracy: 60
Reloading skill: 50
Ammunition: 15
Melee attack: 4
Charge bonus: 4
Defence: 5
Morale: 7
Turns to train: 2
Recruitment cost: 470
Upkeep cost: 110

These musket-armed skirmishers are exceptionally good at using available cover, making them useful for ambushes.

Skirmishers fight two battles: one against the enemy’s skirmishers to prevent them from doing their worst, and the second to harass the main body of the enemy army. Voltigeurs are excellent shots, even with their smoothbore muskets, and can whittle down the numbers of enemies they face very quickly. They are also well trained in using every scrap of cover and every fold in the landscape to hide. This makes them hard to spot and worse, hard to kill.

At the start of the Napoleonic period, most armies thought of light troops as auxiliaries to the line infantry. Part of Napoleon’s genius lay in taking existing ideas and making them work really well: he got the proportions of light and line troops right for his armies, and made sure that his attacking columns were well supported by swarms of skirmishers, including voltigeurs. Originally, the name had come about because they were expected to jump onto enemy cavalry horses and attack the riders that way! This was nonsense, but the voltigeurs did prove excellent soldiers. They were also given additional tasks, such as aiding pontonniers in building bridges; they could not only work hard, but also fight effectively to defend the bridge if necessary.


Can guard
Can hide in light scrub
Can hide in long grass
Can hide in woodland
Can skirmish
Good stamina
Grappling hooks
Paths seldom trod

Technological abilities

Can place stakes
Light infantry tactics

Available for:

Grand Campaign

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Peninsular Campaign

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