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Scots
Scots
Belongs to United Provinces (and Great Britain in The Battle of Brandywine Creek)
Type Line Infantry
Weapon(s) Musket
Ammunition 15
Soldiers in each unit 40/80/120/160
Melee Attack 11
Charge bonus 17
Defense skill 13
Morale 9
Range 70
Accuracy 40
Reloading 25
Tech requirement None; can be improved with Square Formation, various bayonet technologies, New Model Bayonet Drill and Cadenced Marching
Produced from Drill School in the Netherlands
Special abilities

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  • Can guard
  • Can hide in woodland
  • Grappling hooks
  • Resistant to morale shocks
  • Plug Bayonet
Cost 1010 SP/860 MP
Upkeep 250
Turns to Train 1
Unit Cap 4

Scots are a type of line infantry in Empire: Total War.

DescriptionEdit

These muskets-armed troops are use massed volleys to break an enemy, relying on discipline to withstand any counter fire.

“Marching regiments” or “line battalions” make up the majority of units in European-style armies. They are so called because they form the line of battle, not because they always deploy in lines. Indeed, over time the capabilities of line infantry should improve as new tactics, drill and weaponry are developed.

These soldiers carry muzzle-loading, smoothbore muskets firing lead balls as wide as a man’s thumb. These are inaccurate weapons, effective only over 200 paces or so and when fired in massed volleys. The ability to fire and reload with machine-like regularity with shot and bullet flying and comrades falling all around is what wins battles.

Historically, in many armies colonels received a fee to raise regiments, which remained their personal property and commands. They jealously guarded their rights to appoint friends, relatives and hangers-on as regimental officers. This contractor system, however, allowed unscrupulous officers to make handsome profits by pocketing the pay of non-existent soldiers. The better colonels did take a pride in their regiments, spending their own fortunes on good uniforms and weapons. The capabilities of a “standard” line infantry unit therefore varied between nations and over time. It wasn’t until the 1760s that anything approaching uniformity of drill, equipment and regulations became the norm.

Line infantry regiments remained unchanged throughout the period, and their organisational pattern still forms the basis of modern military units.

General InformationEdit

Much like other Scottish units, such as Royal Ecossais and The Black Watch, Scots are a cut above regular line infantry in a melee, but more on par in terms of shooting capabilities. 

The Scots represent some of the best melee infantry available to the United Provinces, and are available earlier than Holland Guard to boot.

Despite what logic may dictate, Scotland may not train these units.

Great Britain has access to one regiment of Scots in the historical Battle of Brandywine Creek. They are unavailable to Great Britain in the Grand Campaign.

Patch HistoryEdit

  • June 22, 2009--Patch 1.3: Scots are added to the game.
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