Reworking an old II/34 Attalid Pergamene DBA army I was wondering what happend to all de Ax peltasts that used to be the main stay in this army (both WRG and early DBA editions) in DBA3? I know the peltasts in earlier Greek armies where transformed into Psiloi (Ps) by Phil but that would seem out of place in this period where almost all armies had mercenary peltatst thureopphoroi (Ax).
The answer may be found in the Commentary. "The mainly mercenary and light infantry army... Citizen militia (possible equipped as thureophoroi) served in garrisons, but were not relied in field battles." Based on that, you get clouds of Psiloi, and a couple Solid Hordes, which can (optionally) be Solid Aux or other stuff. (Hint: Take the Hordes.)
I've had a Pergamene army ever since I was in college and playing WRG 6th. Pergamon, as you probably know, was an affluent kingdom of artisans, intellectuals and traders. In my opinion, DBA-3 finally nailed it absolutely right by classifying the Pergamene citizen militia as Solid Hordes, and having lots of mercenary Psiloi.
With Hilly topography and low Aggression, it's still an effective army. Historically, of course, they checked the Galatians. They still can. --You just might not want to pack it along at tourney time. ;-)
I think (and what follows is highly controversial, so I’m prepared to be shouted down) that Peltasts would lob and ‘pelt’ the enemy with masses of javelins at very short range, evading enemy charges by using their greater speed and distance to run away if charged, and only charge in themselves if their javelin barrage disrupted and disordered the enemy.
Thus there were three distinct types of infantry in ancient times:- Heavy Foot = such as Blades, Spears, and Pikes, that could only fight in close combat. Missile Foot = usually light, such as skirmishing Psiloi (but also close formation Bowmen), that wanted to fight at a distance and avoid close combat. Medium Foot = such as Peltasts, that could do both, depending on the situation.
There is some evidence that even Imperial Roman Auxilia fought as Peltasts, as described by the ancient historian Arian in his account of the Battle of Mons Graupius in 84 AD, where the Caledonian Warbands occupying a difficult hill were met by Roman Auxilia while the Legions stayed behind in reserve:-
Unfortunately, the DBA troop classes has no ‘lob missiles and evade if charged’ troops. The nearest equivalent is Psiloi, who flee when doubled by heavy foot. So the army lists have to use Psiloi to get the Peltast effects.
It’s a case of bending history to fit the rules, instead of creating rules to fit history.
Last Edit: Feb 18, 2022 10:24:10 GMT by stevie: ...Pergamon is still an interesting army though...and there are always "House Rules"...
Ok that both sounds reasonable. But if these peltatst were not mercenery Thureophoroi (mainstay mercenary for that period), nor Cretan bowmen (Ps) or Trallian slingers (Ps) as they are mentioned apart, who were these mercenary Psiloi (Ps)? As far as I can tell no other mercenaries fit the bill? Certainly not in those numbers.