Sarmatian HorsemenWith the right man in control, a horse and a spear are a deadly combination.
Far from being simple, ignorant barbarians, the various steppe tribes had a great cultural wealth. Living in an area stretching from the Caspian Sea to the northern shores of the Black Sea; the Greeks called them 'Scythians' and the Persians 'Saka', while a western group became known as the Sarmatians. Wearing trousers marked them as barbarians as far as the Greeks were concerned, before their tall, pointed caps and swarthy appearances were even considered. Looks apart, they were, however, exceptional horsemen, highly-skilled with composite-recurve bows and deadly hand-to-hand fighters. Grave goods suggest that Scythian women were as warlike as their men, and probably fought alongside them in battle. This may well be the origin of the Greek myths of Amazon warrior women.
Unit NameSarmatian Horsemen
Main Unit KeySte_Sarmatian_Horsemen
Land Unit KeySte_Sarmatian_Horsemen
Naval Unit Keybarbarian_transport
Custom Battle Cost660
├ Melee Weaponrome_celtic_spear_cav
├ Melee Damage Base20
├ Melee Damage Ap7
├ Armour PiercingNo
├ Bonus vs. Large10
├ Bonus vs Elephants10
└ Bonus vs Infantry0
├ Base Defence17
└ Shield Defence30
├ Armour Defence40
└ Shield Armour20
├ Man Entityrome_infantry_heavy
├ Man Health40
├ Bonus Hit Points15
├ Mount Entityrome_horse_heavy
└ Mount Health35
Reduces the effectiveness against mounted units of any nearby enemies for an extended time.
Bonus vs cavalry, bonus vs elephants, bracing
- Hide (forest)
This unit can hide in forests until enemy units get too close.
- Resistant to Cold
This unit tires less quickly in snow.
Strengths & WeaknessesTransport
- Very poor hull strength
- Very slow speed
- Weak ramming
- Good attack
- Average defence
- Low damage but average armour penetration
- Average morale