Bactrian Royal Guard

Recruitment Cost 1,140
Upkeep Cost 200
Melee Attack 40
Weapon Damage 29
Bonus vs. Large 20
Charge Bonus 29
Melee Defence 56
Armour 105
Health 65
Base Morale 70
Strengths & Weaknesses
  • Very good defensive unit
  • Low damage but average armour penetration
  • Average attack
  • Good morale

The royal guard, a phalanx of elite spearmen who protected the kings of Bactria, resulted from Alexandrian and eastern influences. They wore bronze armour and Phrygian helmets, but carried smaller shields than was typical among hoplites. They were armed with Greek-style short swords and spears rather than the longer sarissa used by many western states. A half-way point between the phalangite and hoplite-like hypaspists of Alexandrian and later Successor armies, the Bactrian royal guard were used to protect the flanks of sarissa-armed phalanxes. Such elite units were a deliberate echo of Alexander’s patronage and reforms, and marked the move from the citizen-soldier, loyal to the state, to the professional soldier, loyal to his paymaster alone.

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