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Komatai Sphendonitai (Dacian Slingers)
Getai komatai sphendonetai
Komatai Sphendonitai (Dacian Slingers)

Primary Weapon

  • Type: none(sling)
  • Attack: 1
  • Charge: 2
  • Lethality: 1
  • Range: 148
  • Ammo: 25
  • Attributes: Armour Piercing

Secondary Weapon

  • Type: sword
  • Attack: 8
  • Charge: 2
  • Lethality: 0.1
  • Range: 148
  • Ammo: 25

Defence

  • Armour: 1
  • Shield: 2
  • Skill: 7

Recruitment

  • Soldiers: 30
  • Cost: 524
  • Upkeep: 131
  • Turns: 1

Mental

  • Morale: 8
  • Discipline: low
  • Training: untrained

Other

  • Hit Points: 1
  • Mass: 0.85
  • Attributes: Can board ships, Improved hiding in forest, Can dig tunnels, Hardy, Can hide in long grass
  • Formation: square
  • Side/Back spacing: 2.8/3.5
  • Mount effects: horse -2, chariot +2, elephant +1
  • Ownership: Getai, Eleutheroi

These skirmishers are usually very young men; their role is to try and force the enemy into rash actions.

Description

These skirmishers are a valuable addition to any Getic army and can perform superbly in rough terrain. They carry no armor to speak of, except small round shields, and are armed with slings and an akinakes dagger. They are usually very young men and their role is merely to try and force the enemy into acting rashly, even though unarmored troops could pay much more dearly if facing them. Any wise leader should try to keep them away from prolonged melees, even though they will fight back with more vigor than troops of this type are expected.

Historically, these slingers had no distinct ability from their counterparts, though they acted more independently on the battlefield and were probably more accustomed to flank attacks than form a loose fore-front as the Greek psiloi. Their numbers were never great, thanks to the popularity of the bow among the Getai. Their akinakes and small shields offered them enough protection not to fear acting as support troops.

Usage

These are good slingers for the Getai. Although inferior to both the Iaosatae (Celtic Slingers) and the Sphendonetai (Hellenic Slingers) at both range and ammo; their cheap price, wide AOR, and armor-piercing projectiles will be valuable against cavalry and slow armored infantry. They can also be used to kill the enemy general if opportunity arrives.

Like all other slingers, do not place them behind the lines or risk hitting your own units and keep them away from melee confrontation, even if they can fight better due to their swords.

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