| Turdetanikoi Thureophoroi|
(South Iberian Javelin Infantry)
|Unit type||Javelin Infantry|
|Base cost||20 Food, 40 Wealth, 20 Timber|
|Ramping cost||1 Timber, 2 Wealth|
|Creation time||11.1 seconds|
|Line of sight||8|
|Population cost||1 Population|
|Created at|| Outpost|
|Prerequisites||Level 1 Reforms|
|Available to|| Macedonians|
Chremonidean League (Athenian tech tree)
While they cannot be exactly described as genuine Thureophoroi or "Thureos-bearers", Turdetanikoi Thureophoroi nevertheless follow drills which would be very familiar to their equivalents back in Greece, and function as medium javelineers in the same faction as their Greek counterparts, and even share the same shield design.
The only difference really is in the amount of armour used, and their build time and cost, with Turdetanikoi Thureophoroi functioning primarily as a mercenary unit meant to fill in gaps in your armies at a premium price. Use these men as you would normally do if you were playing a Greek faction, by deploying them against enemy melee infantry, but keep them out of sight of any enemy sword infantry or cavalry that you encounter. Additionally, as with most missile units of the Iberian factions, Turdetanikoi Thureophoroi have the nasty ability to cloak when not moving. This can make them highly dangerous, particularly as ambush units — lure an enemy's light or heavy infantry into running into these men, and they can get some easy kills in, before being required to run.
Historically, the Thureophoroi, named after the thureos shields they carried, were a new type of unit that appeared in the 3rd century BCE. Their style of fighting was also new and based off the Celtic style of warfare, mixing sturdiness with mobility. This versatility made them highly useful in battle as they could flank, exploit breaches in the enemy line, and reinforce weak parts of their own line. Similar drills were also used by various Celtiberian armies which like the Greeks also had interactions with the Celts.
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