These archers, drawn from the many peoples of Anatolia are skilled with the bow, though should not be placed into combat lest they find themselves overwhelmed and cut down mercilessly.
In the mountains of the Kaukasos, Tauros, Anti-Tauros, Paryadres and the highlands below the people have lived a long and healthy existence, sustained as they are from the surplus fruits of the fertile valleys and rich mineral seams. But their history has also seen strife, for their mountain kingdoms are highly prized by those of the fertile crescent below. Not only the spear and sling, but also the bow are used by these hardy mountain-men, who protect their land from foreign looking for dominion and even rival kingdoms within the region who seek to expand their lands. Lightly equipped, these archers are used to the trying terrain of the Kaukasos and Kappodakiya. Their training is more for light skirmishes than heavy battle upon an open field. Yet though they may find themselves fighting outside of home territory on the flat plains of the lands to the south, they should not be underestimated. Their bows are well made, learnt from the steppe nomads beyond the northern mountains and the Persians who conquered them later. They wear little in the way of armour, a leather jerkin over a warm woollen tunic, which offers little in the way of protection. Other than the bow, they carry a sagaris axe, or other simple melee weapon as they are not trained for and not meant for combat at close-quarters.
Historically, the Anatolian region was not well-known for its archery, it was the cavalry that they were famous for. However, they undoubtedly used the bow just as they used the sling and javelin. Xenophon was unlucky enough to find himself at the wrong end of worrying tactics of such a people, the Karduchi, who may have been the ancestors of the modern day Kurds, as he and his force battled through the Caucasus highlands to the southern shore of the Black Sea. Xenophon mentions that the bow the Karduchi used was the three cubits long, whilst the arrow was two cubits itself. Xenophon further reports that "When discharging the arrow, they draw the string by getting a purchase with the left foot planted forward on the lower end of the bow. The arrows pierced through shield and cuirass, and the Hellenes, when they got hold of them, used them as javelins, fitting them to their thongs." Powerful weapons indeed.
These men are an excellent archer unit, with a high range that devastate light or medium armored units from afar. Aside from that, they make good light flanking infantry as their axes can be very effective against heavy infantry and phalanx units.
But unlike their counterparts axe counterparts, they are even more vulnerable in melee due to the lack of shield to protect themselves in melee so flanking is a must when having them attack in melee. As with other ranged units, cavalry will destroy them and force them to rout.