|Special equipment||Harness |
A troubardier (pronounced "troo-bard-ear") is the heaviest type of pediteer. They take their name from the combination of proof-steel armor and proofed clothing they wear into battle, which is known as troubarding. This harness makes them all but invulnerable to enemy shot but at the cost of mobility and speed. While troubardiers are the slowest troops on the battlefield they are also the toughest and are used primarily in an assault role, advancing at a steady pace until they can close with their adversaries. As an elite class of pediteer they also comprise lifeguards and serve as garrison troops and lesquins.
Troubardier armour consists of:
- A helmet covering the face, such as a sallet, bascinet, or hundshugel.
- Haubardine with tassets
The armor, armament and fighting style of troubardiers are similar to real-world pikemen and halberdiers. However, as equiteers play a minimal role in most battles outside of cities troubardiers are primarily used to break through proofing-clad infantry. The ability of gaulded harness to prevent musket balls from penetrating means that melee combat is still common, much as renaissance battles were often decided by the push of pike or cavalry charges.