The Musketman is a Gunpowder unit available in the Renaissance Era.
The musket is a flintlock, muzzle-loading, long-barreled weapon which is fired from the shoulder. Muskets were lighter and more accurate than the earlier military firearm, the arquebus, and by the 18th century they had supplanted them on most European battlefields. With the addition of a bayonet the musket became a serviceable close-combat weapon as well, rendering the pikeman obsolete. The British army's "Brown Bess" was the archetypical musket, in service from 1722 until 1838; it was used by both sides in the American Revolution.
The Musketman is the first gunpowder unit in the game, and although it's not much more powerful than its predecessor, it is a necessary step to continue to the other, more powerful units in the late middle game. They are a step back from the massive over-protection of the Longswordsman, relying more on offensive power than steel defense. Their weapons are actually ranged weapons with a very short range - they need to enter the tile they want to attack, although they don't necessarily attempt to mingle with the opposing battalion like classical melees from the old times. Instead, they line up and fire their muskets at the enemy ranks, then, depending on the situation, reload to fire again (which tends to take quite some time), or use the attached bayonets to enter real melee combat.
Unique Unit Replacements
|Arquebusier||Hungary (Stephen I) (LastSword)|
|Buccaneer||Caribbean (Henry Morgan) (LastSword)||
|Chosen Infantry||Poland (Stephen Bathory)|
|Fire Lancer||The Song (Taizu)|
|Gunman||The Ashanti (Osei Tutu I) (LastSword)|
|Huochong||Vietnam (Le Loi)||
|Hussite Handgunner||Bohemia (Charles IV)|
|Janissary||The Ottomans (Suleiman)|
|Longrifle||Appalachia (David Bradford)||
|Macchieri||Corsica (Pasquale Paoli)|
|Mawon||Haiti (Toussaint Louverture)|
|Nauvoo Legion||Deseret (Brigham Young)|
|Ogichida||The Anishinaabe (Pontiac)||
|Roundhead||The Protectorate (Oliver Cromwell)|
|Streltsy||Muscovy (Ivan IV)|
|Tracker||The Kimberley (Jandamarra)||
|Xaa||The Tlingit (Sheiyksh I)||