Head Hurlers (Britons)
Briton Head Hurlers
Appears in Rome: Total War
Type Missile infantry
Weapon(s) Heads
Soldiers in each unit 80
Attack skill 12 (Melee)

17 (Missile)

Charge bonus 6
Hitpoints 1
Armor 0
Defense skill 2
Cost 400
Upkeep 130

In battle, head hurlers throw the heads of fallen foes coated with quicklime. These missiles are both dangerous and loathsome. Head hurlers combine the practical and the macabre in equal measure - they collect the heads of fallen enemies and preserve these by dipping them in quicklime. The limed heads are used as disgusting missiles in battle, flung into enemy ranks at suprisingly long range. As missiles the heads are heavy enough to cause injuries (and have an undoubted impact on morale) but it is the lime that really does the damage, causing nasty burns. Head Hurlers also carry swords for use in close combat should this be necessary.

Head hurlers, however, also show little regard for their own danger and are not above rushing into combat without orders.