These skilled Scythian riders use spear and bow to good effect. They can be used to guard and as a swift attacking force for the flanks of vulnerable infantry.
These light riders are from the Scythian tribes to the north of the Pontus Euxine (Black Sea). They rely on a long spear, bow and shield (typically, the crescent shaped, leather faced, Taka shield of the Scythian peoples) and are some of the most effective light horse available. There is also the long sword typical of the nomads, a Scytho-Sarmatian weapon with a ring-pommel. They are at their best when fighting in loose open formations, harassing the enemy, but ready in an instant to descend like lightning on any foe rendered vulnerable. Against unbroken infantry these light horsemen will prove of little value in a hand to hand clash and care should be taken not to waste them in such a way.
Historically, during the 6th Century BC Persian invasion, the Scythian cavalry swept ahead of the invaders destroying anything of use to them. They led a Royal Achaemenid army into a futile chase across the steppe until overstretched Persian supply lines and scorched-earth tactics allowed them to turn from pursued into pursuers. The mauled Persian army managed to avoid destruction and regain the safe South bank of the Danube, but the Scythians had borne the brunt of Achaemenid might and had remained unconquered and masters of their lands. Also, even in their decline, they totally destroyed a 30,000 strong army sent by Zopyrion, one of Alexander’s generals, in 331 BC.
These light horse archers are quite capable of tearing apart enemies with volleys upon volleys of arrows while safely avoiding them using their speed and the high range of their bows. If the enemy is sufficiently weakened due to casualties or exhaustion, they are able to unless a charge to send them routing.
They should not engage in any melee combat except to defeat other light horse archers and light missile units or pursue routing units as they lack armor and they will be easily defeated in prolonged melee with any enemy unit.