Royal Peltasts

Recruitment Cost 1,280
Upkeep Cost 200
Melee Attack 62
Weapon Damage 36
Bonus vs Infantry 3
Charge Bonus 21
Melee Defence 49
Armour 80
Health 60
Base Morale 70
Strengths & Weaknesses
  • Very good attack
  • Average defence
  • Average damage but low armour penetration
  • Good 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.

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