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Sphendonetai (Hellenic Slingers)

Not Available Weapons
Primary Secondary Armour: 2 Morale: 8
Type: none knife Shield: 1 Discipline: low
Attack: 2 7 Skill: 6 Training: untrained
Charge: 0 0 Recruitment Other
Lethality: 1 0.04 Soldiers: 30 Hit Points: 1
Range: 185 0 Cost: 569 Mass: 0.85
Ammo: 30 0 Upkeep: 142
Turns: 1
Primary Weapon Attributes: Armour Piercing
Attributes: Can board ships, Improved hiding in forest, Can hide in long grass, Can dig tunnels, Very Hardy
Formation: Square Side/Back spacing: 2.8 / 3.5
Mount effects: chariot +2, horse -2, elephant +1
Ownership: Aedui, Arche Seleukeia, Arverni, Baktria, Casse, Epeiros, Getai, Hayasdan, Koinon Hellenon, Makedonia, Pahlav, Pontos, Ptolemaioi, Saka, Sauromatae, Swebozez, Eleutheroi

Sphendonetai are skilled missile troops that can inflict great casualties due to their long range ability, but are at a huge disadvantage in hand-to-hand combat, especially against cavalry.

Sapping Ability

Sphendonetai are the second branch of the Psiloi, and are only marginally more useful than their compatriots with javelins. Their sphendonai (slings) can prove deadly weapons, being able to crush bones and armor, and shatter shields from a distance, but they are mainly used to harass and annoy enemy soldiers to force a premature or rash action. Since a sphendone is an easily constructed weapon, and ammunition is readily available in Hellas’ rocky terrain, Sphendonetai are mostly poor peasants and shepherds that use this weapon to provide a meagre amount of protein in their already poor diet or use their weapons to keep predators away from their flocks.

Historically, sphendonetai had their uses, they were often used to harass and provoke the enemy forces by causing some casualties and some damage to the enemy’s armament, particularly the shields, which were easily dented or cracked by a well slung glande (sling projectile). Alexandros employed his Sphendonetai at the battle of Gaugamela to harass the Persian heavy cavalry until they decided to give fight, and then promptly cut them off from the rest of the Persian army, allowing the Hetairoi to cut them to shreds.