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Hysteroi Pezhetairoi (Makedonian Reformed Heavy Phalanx)

Not Available Weapons
Primary Secondary Armour: 12 Morale: 13
Type: spear sword Shield: 5 Discipline: disciplined
Attack: 18 10 Skill: 7 Training: highly_trained
Charge: 0 4 Recruitment Other
Lethality: 0.17 0.13 Soldiers: 60 Hit Points: 1
Range: 0 0 Cost: 2936 Mass: 1.45
Ammo: 0 0 Upkeep: 734
Turns: 1
Primary Weapon Attributes: Long pike phalanx, Light spear
Attributes: Can board ships, Can hide in forest, Mercenary
Formation: Square, Phalanx Side/Back spacing: 1.1 / 1
Mount effects: elephant -1
Ownership: Makedonia

Hysteroi Pezhetairoi are an improved unit of pikemen, having a greater degree of training and equipment compared to their predecessors.

Can Form Phalanx

Early in the 2nd century, after having fought the Romans in a few ruinous wars, the Makedonian army modified its pike phalanx accordingly. Gone were the single greave and fully bronze shield, not to mention the linothorax. They were replaced with mail armor and a wooden composite (plywood) shield of similar strength but far less weight. They were retrained to a great degree, and many Thracians and Illyrians who settled in Makedonia were added to the rolls. These men have a greater degree of training and equipment compared to their predecessors, and are better able to stand up to the mobile and disciplined troops of Rome or the Greeks to their south.

Historically, the late pikemen were a development of the Makedonian Wars, in which Makedonia was fighting a hopelessly outnumbered battle against the juggernaut of the Roman republic. They augmented their numbers by adding non-Makedones to the rolls and trained those that they had far better, using new methods. The result was better than the earlier pikemen, but still not enough to defeat the Roman armies at the state of readiness they were at after the second Punic War. If Rome could defeat Carthage, which once had a massive amount of capital and excellent manpower to draw upon, then she could certainly defeat little Makedonia, whose population had been depleted to a large extent due to eastern migration of many citizens.