Nîzagân-î Êrânshahr are recruited from the eastern reaches of the Iranian plateau and are very common in the armies of Baktria and native Iranians. They are armed with the traditional Iranian weapons, an 8' spear and a composite foot bow.
Armed with spear and bow these troops are not well regarded by their Greek masters having formed the bulk of the Old Persian army defeated by Alexander the Great. Seen as skirmishers and auxiliaries with the heavy Greek infantry forming the battle line. These Iranian Spearmen are recruited from the eastern reaches of the Iranian plateau and are very common in the armies of Baktria. They are the backbone of the traditional tribal militia and form a major part of the Baktrian tribal levy. They are armed with the traditional Iranian weapons, an 8' spear and a composite foot bow. A large decorated brown leather quiver of arrows would be slung on the left side with the bow case on the right. A long plain yellow tunic with close fitting sleeves at the wrists. The tunic would be held with an narrow embroidered Parthian linen belt. Trousers are worn under the tunic and are close fitting. Soft felt ankle shoes are secured with leather or fabric straps.
Historically, the vast Iranian plateau gave rise to a form of infantry rarely seen in the west. Armed with 8' spear and composite short bow these infantry are well suited to conditions in the east facing nomadic enemies relying on long range archery to which they men are well able to respond. Nomadic cavalry is reluctant to engage close order troops and these men can fill both roles. They are versatile and can be dangerous if used properly. They are however no match for heavily armored infantry. Individually, they are skilled but not outstanding warriors, but their versatility ensures that they will be useful to any commander. These men however, prefer to rely on archery to inflict harm on the enemy. They can hold the line against weaker infantry and cavalry but they cannot be relied upon to put up an extended fight if the situation is not in their favor.
With good range and lots of ammo, alongside their wide AOR in the East and being spears. They are highly useful for their versatility in being both excellent archers and light spearmen. They are best used behind line infantry like the Pantodapoi Phalangitai (Hellenic Native Phalanx) so that they can rain death upon skirmishers and horse archers from afar while also protecting weaker missile units like the Thanvare Payahdag (Persian Archers). Keep them away from heavy infantry or cavalry and they will serve you well.