Heavy Bune

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Basic Unit Statistics (can be modified by difficulty level, arts, skills, traits and retainers)

Recruitment Cost 600
Upkeep Cost 175
Marines 40 33%
Seamen 90 45%
Hull Strength 400 4%
Morale 12 24%

Strengths & Weaknesses

  • Large crew, in particular melee troops.
  • Big and relatively strong.
  • Slow and not very manoeuvrable.
  • Vulnerable to cannon fire.


  • Battle Speed - This increases a ship's rowing speed for a short period of time.
  • Warcry - Warcry heavily demoralises up to seven nearby enemy units, slowing them down and affecting their defence ability for a short time.
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Heavy bunes are the mainstay of a fleet. Each carries large detachments of soldiers and bow-armed troops to attack enemy vessels.

A heavy bune is a bulky, boxy warship with thick wooden-panelled sides to protect the ship and crew alike. Inside it carries a large number of boarding troops, some armed with bows to fire from the loopholes in the panels. The size and weight of the vessel can make it slow and unresponsive, but it is not built for speed. Instead, it serves as a floating platform in battle. Sailing in close to an enemy ship, the crew uses grappling hooks to lash the vessels together, and then the boarding party engage the enemy in hand-to-hand combat. During the Sengoku Jidai, large ships were common. The 'o ataka bune' resembled a floating castle and carried armed samurai and ashigaru as well as sailors to man it. The Japanese did not rely on cannon to sink enemy ships, but would board and fight face-to-face as if they were on land. The o ataka bune was specifically built for this tactic and had a folding bridge section that opened so that troops could cross from one vessel to another. This way of fighting was in keeping with the samurai ideal of combat, where a warrior would seek out a worthy opponent and fight in single combat.