Light Infantry (NTW unit)

Light Infantry
Light Infantry
Category: Infantry
Class: Light Infantry
Men: 30 / 60 / 90 / 120
Range: 100
Accuracy: 40
Reloading skill: 35
Ammunition: 15
Melee attack: 5
Charge bonus: 9
Defence: 8
Morale: 6
Turns to train: 2
Recruitment cost: 500
Upkeep cost: 120

Light infantry are skirmishers who harass the enemy while screening the main body of an army.

These men are versatile soldiers: whether firing in a disciplined line or skirmishing in loose formation, they bring a good self-discipline and accuracy to the battle. They carry smoothbore, muzzle-loading muskets, but do not rely on massed fire. Instead they aim at individuals within the enemy ranks, killing officers, sergeants and anyone else who takes charge. They also fight their own specialised battle, driving off enemy skirmishers. However, they may prove weak when pitted against line infantry or highly expert skirmishers such as riflemen.

By the early 1800s, light infantry had a much greater role on the battlefield, at least in Napoleon’s forces. Many armies still saw light infantry as little more than auxiliary troops, choosing to favour the old, tried and tested tactics of massed volley fire and close formations. Napoleon, on the other hand, recognised the advantage flexibility conferred, and used light infantry extensively, to harass enemy lines to pieces, then closing up for a final rush.


Can guard
Can hide in light scrub
Can hide in woodland
Can skirmish
Grappling hooks

Technological abilities

Chevaux de frise
Light infantry tactics
Socket bayonet

Available for:

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