Machimoi Cavalry are equipped with spears and one-handed axes. These horsemen are excellent light cavalry, capable of skirmishing, charging, and handling themselves reasonably well in melee.
Machimoi cavalry are the best native fighting force that is conscripted in times of need by the Ptolemaioi. They are drawn from the native nobility, many of whom have intermarried with their Makedonian overlords and are thus more loyal than the other natives. Still, they are often present in native revolts due to the fact they can often take leading roles in such uprisings. They fight in a manner consistent with other medium cavalry, but are more lightly armored and consequently faster. They are armed with both spears and axes and are able to deliver a powerful charge and fight in melee if well supported.
Historically, the lower native nobility of Aigyptos formed these cavalry regiments for the Ptolemaioi. They were used to good effect at Raphia and other battles, but often proved to be a thorn in the side of Ptolemaic kings. They made excellent raiders and good ‘jack of all trades’ cavalry, which made them just as useful under the command of a native who was trying to restore Aigyptos to Aigyptioi rulers…