|Belongs to||Most factions|
|Guns||80 (38 on each side, 2 stern chasers, 2 bow chasers)|
|Range||450 (round shot)/300 (chain shot)/150 (grape shot)|
|Tech requirement||*Screw Propeller|
|Produced from||Steam Drydock|
|Turns to Train||10|
|Unit Cap||None (SP)/2 (MP)|
This steamship carries an extra covering of iron plates, armouring the already strong wooden hull.
An ironclad is an incredibly tough ship, able to withstand pounding by almost any comparable vessel. A thick outer skin of iron is riveted to a conventional wooden hull, and the two layers can defeat most solid shot except at very close range. Combined with a steamship’s ability to ignore the wind and go where the captain wills, this makes an ironclad a formidable opponent. This power is not without risk, though, as a boiler explosion will rip out the heart of any steamship.
Historically, ironclads first saw action during the American Civil War (1861-65). During the Battle of Hampton Road CSS Virginia made short work of the wooden ships in the river, but an encounter next day with USS Monitor ended inconclusively, as neither ship could knock out the other. These vessels were not, however, the first ironclad warships; they were heavy river gunboats or monitors, and almost incapable of going to sea. The first ocean-going ironclad warships were HMS Warrior and the French Navy’s La Gloire, launched during yet another arms race between Britain and France. Warrior was launched specifically to steal French thunder and make their ship obsolete, being commissioned and built while the French vessel was still on the slipway.
Ironclads represent the most powerful ships in most rosters, boasting nearly unmatched hull strength, excellent speed, and devastating firepower. Their only weaknesses lie in their high cost and the lateness in which they may be acquired. Certain factions, such as France and Spain, have ships that have more firepower or more cannon; however, ironclads are unmatched in terms of hull strength among the navies of any faction. They beat almost any ship in a head to head fight, and even fast ships may have difficulty evading them. Conversely, ironclads can easily outrun ships that bear more cannon, and even if they are trapped and outgunned, their hulls can take an apocalyptic beating before sinking.
Some factions' ship statistics are different from others; differences are listed below (traits that to not differ are not listed). Ironclads are unique in that they are the only ship type where Great Britain is inferior in an aspect: British ironclads have poorer accuracy than those of other factions. However, they are still arguably superior overall due to their better reloading, hull strength, and morale as well as their lower expense to train and maintain. Spanish Ironclads are also unique; while most Spanish ships are identical to their generic counterparts, Spanish Ironclads are cheaper, but suffer from poorer accuracy.
|France||50||15||4360||18||10||3330 SP/4170 MP||830|
|Great Britain||40||25||4560||17||12||3160 SP/3950 MP||790|
|Spain||40||15||4360||17||10||3200 SP/4010 MP||800|
|General||50||15||4360||17||10||3310 SP/4150 MP||820|
|Napoleon: Total War Ships|
|Light Ships||Brig • Galley • Sloop|
|Frigates||24-gun Frigate • 32-gun Frigate • 38-gun Frigate • Carronade Frigate • Razee|
|Ships of the Line||106-gun Ship-of-the-Line • 122-gun Ship-of-the-Line • 50-gun Ship-of-the-Line • 64-gun Ship-of-the-Line • 74-gun Ship-of-the-Line • 80-gun Ship-of-the-Line • 86-gun Ship-of-the-Line • 98-gun Second Rate • HMS Elephant • Santissima Trinidad|
|Steam Ships||38-gun Steam Ship • 80-gun Steam Ship • Ironclad • Steam Paddle Frigate|
|Trade Ships||Dhow (Trade Ship) • Indiaman (Trade Ship) • Merchantmen (Trade Ship)|
|Other Ships||Bomb Ketch • Rocket Ship|