(Roman Reformed Elite Spear Infantry)
|Unit type||Spear Infantry|
|Base cost||80 Food, 100 Wealth, 40 Metal|
|Ramping cost||5 Wealth|
|Creation time||21.9 seconds|
|Line of sight||12|
|Population cost||1 Population|
|Created at||Noble Residence|
|Prerequisites||Level 2 Reforms|
These soldiers are elite infantry who have been trained to fight outside the heavy infantry formation. They may be lightly armoured, but they are highly skilled soldiers. The antesignani have the agility to scout and skirmish, but they are still able to take on heavy infantry and cavalry with their spears.
Historically, by the early 1st century BC the Roman army had no infantry outside the heavy infantry formation. The velites had disappeared after the Marian reforms and the pedites extraordinarii had received Roman citizenship and became regular infantry after the Social War. As a result some of the legionaries were trained to fill this gap and fight as antesignani.