|Plumbatarii (Eastern Roman Empire)|
|Appears in||Rome: Total War: Barbarian Invasion|
|Belongs to||Eastern Roman Empire|
|Attack skill||8 (Melee); 10 (Missile)|
|Special abilities||Uses a missile weapon before charging; Can sap; Good stamina|
Plumbatarii are Roman legionaries who have been armed with iron darts. They can hurl these with deadly effect and yet still fight hand-to-hand with enemy units. The Plumbatarii carry a substantial number of darts to rain down on enemies (there is a debate as to whether these were thrown overarm or with an underarm action). They are also armed and armoured in the usual fasion of Roman soldiers, and quite capable of fighting in the battle line as well. This makes them a valuable and flexible unit for any infantry commander.
Plumbatae are lead-weighted iron darts, arround 60cm in length, that are carried clipped to the back of a legionary's shield. Each is carefully constructed so that the lead-weight on the shaft makes the dart arc and fall sharp end down at the end of its flight.