|Artillerie à Cheval|
|Appears in||Napoleon: Total War|
|Guns||1/2/3/4 (6 men each)|
|Range||450 (Round Shot), 120 (Canister Shot)|
|Produced from||Engineer School|
|Shot Types||Round Shot, Canister Shot|
|Cost||700 SP/870 MP|
|Turns to Train||3|
This elite horse artillery can gallop when limbered up, quickly bringing firepower to where it is needed.
In horse artillery units everyone in the gun crews rides into battle: drivers ride the lead horses in teams, while gun crews sit on the gun limbers. The Artillerie à Cheval represent a good balance between speed of movement and firepower. The crews are highly experienced and disciplined, and their intimate knowledge of the guns enables them to deliver accurate, devastating shots at long range.
Historically, these men and their cannons were part of Napoleon’s Imperial Guard, and held in the highest regard by the emperor. Admittance to the Imperial Guard was extremely tough and, because only the very experienced or very good gained entry, the Guard could boast of the very best gunners in Europe. The horse artillery division was the elite within the elite, and got the best of everything. When the supply of suitable horses ran low in 1815, Napoleon ordered his Horse Grenadiers to give up their mounts to be draft animals for his beloved horse artillery.
Artillerie à Cheval are unique to France, and are the best horse artillery Napoleon: Total War: they boast better reloading and accuracy stats than any other artillery in the game, and inspire nearby units. Even their melee stats and morale are much better than most artillery crews (though they are still no match for most troops in melee fighting). Their great mobility and their superb accuracy mean that they can quickly secure terrain and deliver deadly fire with more proficiency than any other artillery type.
While they are significantly better than standard, 6-lber horse artillery, Artillerie à Cheval are only slightly more expensive to train and maintain in the campaign. As they are available only at Engineering Schools, the final tier of ordnance building, Artillerie à Cheval are not available for most of the Europe Campaign.
|Napoleon: Total War Artillery|
|Cannons||12-lber Foot Artillery • 18-lber Foot Artillery • 6-lber Foot Artillery • 6-lber Horse Artillery • 8-lber Foot Artillery • 9-lber Foot Artillery • Artillerie à Cheval • Artillerie à Pied • Grand Battery of the Convention • Guard Foot Artillery • Guard Horse Artillery|
|Howitzers and Mortars||10-lber Unicorn • 20-lber Unicorn • 5-In Howitzer • 6-In Howitzer • 7-lber Howitzer • Bombardment Mortars • Experimental Howitzer • Howitzers|