Raised from the tribes of the Kaukasos and Kappodakiya, these spearmen are fierce warriors but ill-equipped and poorly trained compared to the new, Hellenic armies.
These Anatolian Spearmen are armed with a pair of javelins and a simple spear - held underarm - and a round wood shield reinforced with leather or animal pelts. They wear no armour, such a luxury cannot be afforded, and instead simply wear the clothes of normal, everyday use: a tunic tied at the waist and loose fitting trousers. When fighting they form a solid wall of shields, their spears a fearsome barrier against oncoming attack. However, these men are not disciplined, they have no formal training in warfare beyond what the most experienced warriors of a tribe can impart, and may break rank leaving gaps that the enemy can exploit. Yet, they do form the backbone of the armies that wage war beneath the shadows of the Kaukasos and the Anatolian Plateau.
The ranges of the Kaukasos, Tauros, Anti-Tauros and Paryadres: fierce mountains breed a fierce people and these men, drawn from the local tribes, are fierce indeed! For centuries the tribes that inhabit these hostile climes have warred amongst the ominous and noble mountains, and this harsh lifestyle has bred a hardy people. The simple folk of the region, men of farms and fields, livestock and grain, are grown into a world where knowledge of sling, bow, javelin and spear are as necessary as the written word is for the Hellenes. A sling will catch them a rabbit, a javelin or bow will keep predators from their flock, and a spear will protect them from their neighbour's envious eyes. These life-skills, learnt amongst the mountains, make for hardy warriors, braver and more fearsome than the city-folk of the plains below.
The Anatolian Spearmen are cheap and effective light infantry. They can hurl javelins from afar to weaken approaching infantry and can hold their own against other light infantry and cavalry. Their low armor makes them highly vulnerable to when attacking by missile or hit with a flank attack however. Not to mention they may rout if they are pressured by the enemy and there is no general to keep them in line.