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Bagaudas (Celtic Shortswordsmen)

Not Available Weapons
Primary Secondary Armour: 1 Morale: 11
Type: spear sword Shield: 2 Discipline: impetuous
Attack: 6 12 Skill: 12 Training: untrained
Charge: 6 6 Recruitment Other
Lethality: 1 0.1 Soldiers: 50 Hit Points: 1
Range: 47.3 0 Cost: 1254 Mass: 1.05
Ammo: 3 0 Upkeep: 314
Turns: 1
Primary Weapon Attributes: Thrown before charge, Thrown missile
Attributes: Can board ships, Can hide in long grass, Very Hardy, Improved hiding in forest
Formation: Square Side/Back spacing: 1.2 / 1.4
Mount effects: elephant -2, chariot +2
Ownership: Aedui, Arche Seleukeia, Arverni, As'Sab'yn wal'Jau, Baktria, Epeiros, Getai, Hayasdan, Iberia, Koinon Hellenon, Makedonia, Pahlav, Pontos, Ptolemaioi, Safot Softim biKarthadast, Saka, Sauromatae, Senatvs Popvlvsqve Romanvs, Swebozez, Eleutheroi

Bagaudas are shortswordsmen from the tribe of the Venetii. They are specially adept at springing ambushes but are impetuous and extremely vulnerable at range.

Very Hardy
Can Hide in Long Grass

Bagaudas (Bah-gow-dahs; "Guerilla Fighters") are shortswordsmen from the tribe of the Venetii. The shortsword is a common weapon, essentially a very long knife or dagger, and used by hunters, and carried by many as a form of self defense. Warriors using shortswords are not generally very well trained, if at all. However, they are readily available, cheap, and have a good charge. They are extremely vulnerable at range.

Historically, the Celts generally favored spears and shortswords for young or inexperienced soldiers. These warriors, with shortswords, were not necessarily that high up in society; the swords were of debatable quality. Many may not even have fought in battle before, just being hunters or young boys called in to fight, or have chosen to go and fight. Light swordsmen in Celtic society were fairly common, and necessary, often, as a bridge between light and medium infantry, when medium infantry was unavailable. They were increasingly more common during the Roman conquests, as the professional armies with longswordsmen had either been bought by the Romans, or turned on one another, leaving the only defense to these young warriors.