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EB1: The Thorakitai are armored in mail and carry heavy javelins. They are more expensive and less mobile than their more lightly armored companions, but make excellent shock troops for any Hellenic army.

EB2:Heavy infantry armed with longchai and spears, they should be posted to where fighting is the thickest.

Description

The Thorakitai represent the second evolution of the concept of the Thureophoroi, and show definite influence by the Romaioi in their implementation. They are armored in mail and carry heavy javelins instead of the lighter javelins carried by the Thureophoroi. They are more expensive and less mobile than their more lightly armored companions, but make excellent shock troops for any Hellenic army. They are best utilized on the flanks of the phalanx to either flank the enemy while the phalanx pins them, or prevent enemy flankers from attacking the phalanx’s vulnerable flanks. They are best used in combination with the lighter Thureophoroi, who can support them with extra javelins and more importantly, speed, to make sure they are not surrounded.

Usage

Heavily armored in mail. They function as assault units and are to be used as such, attacking the the flanks of the enemy line or using them to protect your own line's flanks. They can also be used to attack other well-armored elite infantry units and hold them back while other infantry attempts to flank them from behind.

Their high armor and disciplined formation makes them excellent line infantry if ordered and their spears makes short work of cavalry but low lethality(EB1) or low attack power compared to sword or axe wielding infantry (EB2) gives them a disadvantage and a potent weakness against infantry with anti-armor weapons like the Drapanai (Dacian Shock Infantry) or the Rompaianai (Thraikian Rhomphaia-bearers).

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