Spain: Gameplay Information

Spain are a relatively united force by recent standards, as most of the Christian kingdoms and fiefdoms are united, but the tight hold that the Moors have on southern Spain and the recent independence of Portugal mean that they are not necessarily a hugely powerful kingdom. Obviously, the first priority will be to take the rebel territories to the east and to push the Moors back to North Africa, but beyond that, the objectives are not so clear. France are a powerful kingdom and invading them is perhaps not a wise choice, which leaves a naval-based empire. This may be the future or it may be folly, the success or failure of the Spanish king will determine that. Spain’s main strengths are an excellent navy and excellent light infantry and cavalry, while they lack heavy infantry and spearmen in the early period.


Table of Contents


Campaign Overview

Religion
  • Catholic
Long Campaign Win Conditions
  • Take 45 Regions
  • Take Jerusalem
  • Take Granada
Short Campaign Win Conditions
  • Take 15 Regions
  • Outlive Portugal
  • Outlive the Moors
Finances
  • Initial Money: 9000 Florins
  • King’s Purse: 2500 Florins
Initial Settlements
  • Leon (Large Town, Capital) – Town Guard, Small Church, Town Hall, Market, Port
  • Toledo (Castle) – Knight’s Stables
Initial Generals
  • King Alfonso (40, Faction Leader) – 3 Command, 0 Chivalry/Dread, 2 Authority, 3 Piety
  • Prince Rodrigo (21, Faction Heir) – 3 Command, 0 Chivalry/Dread, 5 Loyalty, 3 Piety
  • Vaasco (28, General) – 2 Command, 0 Chivalry/Dread, 5 Loyalty, 3 Piety
Initial Agents
  • Pedro Descrina (20, Spy) – 3 Subterfuge
  • Domingo Franco (33, Cardinal) – 5 Piety
  • Urraca el Valiente (20, Princess) – 3 Charm
  • Teresa el Valiente (19, Princess) – 3 Charm
Initial Troops
  • General’s Bodyguard – 3
  • Spear Militia – 4
  • Town Militia – 3
  • Mailed Knights – 1
  • Peasant Archers – 4

Spain start with two of the eight settlements on the Iberian Peninsula. The first priority will be a race for the two rebel settlements, although Valencia is very well defended so ensure you have siege equipment. If Portugal attack you, then destroy them, but you can’t predict it well, Toulouse is a good place to gamble on, since France normally fail in their first siege and since dominating the western coast of Europe is a good way to ensure you are first to the New World (although this isn’t essential to win the campaign). Either way, you’re going to be fighting France eventually at some point, so taking a castle there will give you a far stronger position when the time comes. The best place to expand is to fight the Moors, especially if they are allied to Portugal, since this provokes Portugal into war with you and therefore allows you to take out Portugal and make a great economic centre of gravity on the Iberian peninsula. The Moors are islamic, so your priests will gain piety faster by converting them and you are able to call crusades against them, freeing up upkeep money, allowing you to recruit elite units cheaply and giving your successful generals very good traits and ancillaries. Once you have this small but powerful empire, the world is your oyster.


Recruitable Units

The following table contains all of the units that Spain can recruit in Multiplayer and Custom Battles. For the Grand Campaign, use the “All” period with the following corrections:

  • Units in (Brackets) are mercenaries and therefore cannot be trained in campaign, although any general can recruit them in the field if he has space in his army and there are some available.
  • Units in [Square Brackets] cannot be recruited in campaign, they are for Multiplayer and Custom Battles only.
  • Units in Italics can only be recruited in certain regions (eg. The New World) or after a certain event (eg. The discovery of gunpowder).
PeriodMilitia UnitsInfantryMissile InfantryCavalryMissile CavalryArtillery
Early 
  • Peasants
  • Dismounted Feudal Knights
  • Peasant Archers
  • Peasant Crossbowmen
  • Javelinmen
  • Mailed Knights
  • Feudal Knights
  • General’s Bodyguard
  • Jinetes
  • Ballista
  • Catapult
High
  • Swordsmen Militia
  • Spear Militia
  • Peasants
  • Dismounted Chivalric Knights
  • Peasant Archers
  • Peasant Crossbowmen
  • Javelinmen
  • Pavise Crossbowmen
  • Almughavars
  • Hand Gunners
  • Mailed Knights
  • General’s Bodyguard
  • Chivalric Knights
  • Knights of Santiago
  • Mounted Crossbowmen
  • Jinetes
  • Ballista
  • Catapult
  • Trebuchet
  • Bombard
  • Grand Bombard
Late
  • Swordsmen Militia
  • Peasants
  • Sword and Buckler Men
  • Terico Pikemen
  • Dismounted Conquistadores
  • Peasant Archers
  • Peasant Crossbowmen
  • Arquebusiers
  • Pavise Crossbowmen
  • Musketeers
  • Almughavars
  • Hand Gunners
  • Gendarmes
  • General’s Bodyguard (Late)
  • Conquistadores
  • Knights of Santiago
  • Mounted Crosbowmen
  • Ribault
  • Culverin
  • Basilisk
All
  • Town Militia
  • Swordsmen Militia
  • Pike Militia
  • Crossbow Militia
  • Spear Militia
  • Merchant Cavalry Militia
  • Peasants
  • Sword and Buckler Men
  • Terico Pikemen
  • Dismounted Feudal Knights
  • Dismounted Chivalric Knights
  • Dismounted Conquistadores
  • Peasant Archers
  • Peasant Crossbowmen
  • Javelinmen
  • Arquebusiers
  • Pavise Crossbowmen
  • Musketeers
  • Almughavars
  • Hand Gunners
  • Mailed Knights
  • Feudal Knights
  • Gendarmes
  • General’s Bodyguard
  • General’s Bodyguard (Late)
  • Knights of Santiago
  • Conquistadores
  • Chivalric Knights
  • Mounted Crossbowmen
  • Jinetes
  • Ballista
  • Catapult
  • Ribault
  • Trebuchet
  • Bombard
  • Grand Bombard
  • Culverin
  • Basilisk

Constructable Buildings


Cities

Building TypeVillageTownLarge TownMinor CityLarge CityHuge City
WallsWooden Palisade (Upgrade)Wooden Wall (Upgrade)Stone Wall (Upgrade)Large Stone Wall (Upgrade)Huge Stone Wall (Upgrade) 
Improved Towers Ballista Towers 
Barracks Town WatchTown GuardCity WatchMilitia Drill SquareMilitia BarracksArmy BarracksRoyal Barracks
Military Academy Military AcademyRoyal Officer’s Academy
Siege Ballista MakerCatapult MakerSiege Works 
Smiths Leather TannerBlacksmithArmourerHeavy ArmourerMaster ArmourerArmour Factory
Ports PortShipwright 
Sea Trade Merchants’ WharfWarehouseDocklands
Admiralty Naval AcademyAdmiralty 
Trade Grain ExchangeMarketFairgroundGreat MarketMerchants’ Quarter
Roads Dirt Roads Paved Roads 
FarmsLand ClearanceCommunal FarmingCrop RotationIrrigation 
Mines MinesMining Network 
Academia University
Churches Small ChurchChurchAbbeyCathedralHuge Cathedral
Inns BrothelInnTavernCoaching HousePleasure Palace
Town Hall Town HallCouncil ChambersCity HallMayor’s Palace
Bull Ring Plaza del Toro 
Assassins’ Guild Assassins’ GuildMaster Assassins’ GuildAssassins’ Guild Headquarters
Masons’ Guild Masons’ GuildMaster Masons’ GuildMasons’ Guild Headquarters
Merchants’ Guild Merchants’ GuildMaster Merchants’ GuildMerchants’ Guild Headquarters
Alchemists’ Guild Alchemists’ GuildMaster Alchemists’ GuildAlchemists’ Guild Headquarters
Thieves’ Guild Thieves’ GuildMaster Thieves’ GuildThieves’ Guild Headquarters
Explorers’ Guild Explorers’ GuildMaster Explorers’ GuildExplorers’ Guild Headquarters
Swordsmiths’ Guild Swordsmiths’ GuildMaster Swordsmiths’ GuildSwordsmiths’ Guild Headquarters
Knights of Santiago Knights of Santiago Minor Chapter HouseKnights of Santiago Major Chapter HouseKnights of Santiago Headquarters
Horse Breeders’ Guild Horse Breeders’ GuildMaster Horse Breeders’ GuildHorse Breeders’ Guild Headquarters

Castles

Building TypeVillageMotte and BaileyWooden CastleCastleFortressCitadel
CastleMotte and Bailey (Upgrade)Wooden Castle (Upgrade)Castle (Upgrade)Fortress (Upgrade)Citadel (Upgrade) 
Improved Towers Ballista Towers
Stables StablesKnight’s StablesBaron’s StablesEarl’s Stables
Barracks Mustering HallGarrisson QuartersDrill SquareBarracksArmoury
Ranges BowyerPractice RangeArchery RangeMarksman’s Range
Siege Ballista MakerCatapult MakerSiege Works
Cannons GunsmithCannon MakerCannon FoundryRoyal Arsenal
Smiths Leather TannerBlacksmithArmourerHeavy ArmourerMaster ArmourerArmour Factory
Ports PortShipwrightDockyardNaval Drydock
Roads Dirt Roads Paved Roads 
FarmsLand Clearance Communal FarmingCrop RotationIrrigation 
Mines MinesMining Network 
Churches ChapelLarge Chapel 
Tourney Jousting ListsTourney Field
Swordsmiths’ Guild Swordsmiths’ GuildMaster Swordsmiths’ GuildSwordsmiths’ Guild Headquarters
Knights Templar Knights Templar Minor Chapter HouseKnights Templar Major Chapter HouseKnights Templar Headquarters
Hospitallier Knights St. John’s Minor Chapter HouseSt. John’s Major Chapter HouseSt. John’s Headquarters
Woodsmens’ Guild Woodsmens’ GuildMaster Woodsmens’ GuildWoodsmens’ Guild Headquarters