Armed in the highest quality mail and bronze, these men are your heaviest assault infantry.
Arche, King of all Asia, I present your finest soldiers for review. Armed in the highest quality mail and bronze, these men are your heaviest assault infantry. Using tactics amalgamated from the finest soldiers of Alexander, mercenaries from far off lands, and the Galatians who form part of our invincible armies. They wield long spear, metal javelins, and swords in order to bore a hole through the enemy line, through which the rest of your mobile troops can pour like a flood through a dam rent asunder by a furious surge. Armored in the very best mail, made using Galatian techniques by Syrian armorers, fine greaves, a masked helmet, and many smaller accouterments, they are well able to stand up to any charge, though they can be overwhelmed by force of numbers.
Historically, the Seleukid Hypaspistai went through a myriad of changes, trying to keep up with the ever shifting dynamic of warfare. One innovation was the creation of heavy units, at first using a mix of Greek and Gallic organization, but later adopting structures similar to the Romans. The myth of the imitation legionary was born from this, though in reality the units still used Greek tactics and equipment that had been around for the better part of one hundred years before any Roman influence. These soldiers represent the heaviest units organized in this regard, and their esprit de corps is unmatched by any but the most elite soldiers in other factions. Use them well, for they are the fist of any infantry assault.