Auxiliary Peltasts

Recruitment Cost 420
Upkeep Cost 90
Missile Damage 32
Range 80
Shots Per Minute 7
Ammunition 7
Melee Attack 18
Weapon Damage 24
Charge Bonus 10
Melee Defence 40
Armour 65
Health 50
Base Morale 40
Strengths & Weaknesses
  • Short range
  • Fast rate of fire
  • Very good damage and armour penetration
  • Large shield
  • Very weak in melee
  • Poor morale

These skirmishers were named for their small crescent-shaped leather or wicker shields or 'peltai'. It was a common habit to name troops for their shield style in the Greek world. They wore little or no armour and carried three javelins. After harassing the enemy by flinging javelins, they would hastily retreat before any counter-charge or flanking move could be carried out. As armies developed and tactics became more complex, peltasts were expected to take part in hand-to-hand combat: with such expectation they were given stiffened linen cuirasses and short swords. They were still expected to use javelins, but could then join in the close fighting. Eventually, peltasts even exchanged their characteristic shield for the heavier thureos. Their name and battlefield function remained unchanged.

Larissa Apollonia Ephesus Pergamon Pella Syracusae Athenai Pessinus Sparta Hierapytna
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