Ashigaru Crossbowmen (STW unit)
|Weapon Type: Crossbow|
|*Waterproof Missile Weapon|
|Honour / Morale||0|
Requires: Archery Dojo
The Ashigaru Crossbowmen are little more
than peasants equipped with simple crossbows.
They are cheap to train, but the slow reload time
of their crossbows and poor fighting skill makes
them vulnerable to sudden charges. They need
to be protected, but can't fire over the heads of
troops in front of them.
The crossbow was a Chinese weapon that the
Japanese copied and used from time to time. As
with other peoples, they found that it was a
weapon with its own particular set of advantages
and drawbacks. Unlike a bow, a crossbow doesn’t
require long training for the user, or continual
practice to maintain skill and strength. Virtually
anyone can be taught to use a crossbow, providing
he’s strong enough to reload it; and there are
numerous levers, stirrups and clever chain
mechanisms to make this process really easy.
Unlike a bow, however, it can be slow and clumsy to
fire. The laborious process of cocking and loading a
crossbow makes sure of that.
Ashigaru Crossbowmen are cheap to produce but
they can only be raised where there is a Bow Dojo.
They are fairly deadly missile troops (even if their
rate of fire is a little slow), but far from effective in
melee. If other troops manage to close with them,
the Ashigaru Crossbowmen will perish in large