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Neitos (Gallic Heavy Swordsmen)

Not Available Weapons
Primary Secondary Armour: 12 Morale: 13
Type: spear sword Shield: 3 Discipline: disciplined
Attack: 6 11 Skill: 10 Training: highly_trained
Charge: 8 8 Recruitment Other
Lethality: 1 0.225 Soldiers: 40 Hit Points: 1
Range: 47.3 0 Cost: 2134 Mass: 1.18
Ammo: 2 0 Upkeep: 534
Turns: 1
Primary Weapon Attributes: Thrown before charge, Thrown missile
Attributes: Can board ships, Can hide in forest
Formation: Square Side/Back spacing: 1.2 / 1.4
Mount effects: elephant -3
Ownership: Aedui, Arverni, Safot Softim biKarthadast, Senatvs Popvlvsqve Romanvs, Eleutheroi

Neitos are very disciplined heavy infantry fighting in a dense formation.


Gallic armies of the late period relied upon the same shock tactics they had employed during earlier times, but the need to combat increasingly better armoured and trained enemies led to the formation of a professional force. Well armored in quality chain, with sturdy shields, and good longswords, the Neitos (Nee-yet-os; "Soldiers") are professional soldiers, and excellently skilled and disciplined when compared to the bulk of light Gallic soldiers. Their charge has great strength, and their skill in close is frightening; they would be capable of fighting hardest where needed.

Historically, Gauls began to move more toward a better armored, more professional army in their twilight. Enemies beset them on all sides, and the desperate need for a better equipped force grew blatantly apparent. While similar soldiers had existed for decades, they were rarely in large enough number to act as anything but a tiny elite, though they, in truth, were little more than average soldiers of regular warriors in superior armor and with superior equipment. Ironically, most of these soldiers, meant to face up to outside threats, met their ends against other Gauls, rather than their foreign enemies in the last Gallic war, when Gaul was incorporated into Rome. Gallic auxilia and allies, of both Rome and Carthage, were actually employed in this manner before such soldiers were used widely by the Gauls themselves. The Romans did this to ensure their Gallic allies and auxilia had an edge over the Gallic warriors they engaged, and Carthaginians re-outfitted their Boii allies after Cannae in this manner.