|The Black Watch|
|Belongs to||Great Britain|
|Soldiers in each unit||40/80/120/160|
|Tech requirement||None; can be improved with Square Formation, various bayonet technologies, firing drills, New Model Bayonet Drill and Cadenced Marching|
|Produced from||Army Board in Scotland|
|Cost||1560 SP/1180 MP|
|Turns to Train||2|
The Black Watch are a regiment of elite infantry in Empire: Total War.
The reputation of these elite soldiers and the example they set provides encouragement to comrades nearby.
These men are a cut above the average line infantry regiment and they are often the lynch-pin of a commander’s battle strategy. The presence of such men in the line of battle is enough to lift the hearts of all those around them, strengthening their determination to resist any enemy. A general can be confident that these men will hold, and he can base the rest of his strategy around that fact.
The factors which lead a regiment to acquire an exalted position within its country’s military are hard to define: training and skill play their part, but in the main it is physical and mental endurance that keeps good men fighting even when the tide of battle is against them. A lucky few carry such strength within themselves, but others derive it from the proud martial traditions of their regiment. In Europe, the famous ‘vieux’ and ‘petits-vieux’ regiments of France have centuries of such history to call upon, whilst the various deeds of the British Coldstream Guards and Black Watch regiments reinforce the natural grit of the men in their ranks.
Like other Scottish units such as Scots and Royal Ecossais, the Black Watch has excellent melee capabilities beyond that of normal Line Infantry or (in the case of the Black Watch), even Guards. Their shooting abilities are decent, if slightly inferior to that of Guards and Coldstream Guards.