March 17, 2016, 06:20 AM
Rise of Persia 3.0 |PREVIEW| Getai Roster
The Thrakian Getai are a tribe with the reputation of being wild and savage even among the wild and savage Thrakian tribes that inhabit the region north of Hellas. Sharing only minimal cultural ties with their southern brethren the Thrakians are rightly feared for their ferocity and impetuous nature. Occasionally raiding into parts of Makedonia and fending off raids from the Skula are the most organized of the Getai international politics. But usually the Thrakian tribes fight each other more than any unified enemy. But with a strong chieftain able to manipulate the will of these terrifying warriors, the Getai could bond the tribes into a most fearsome fighting machine.
Their lands are brutal and unforgiving to the Greeks in the south. But the Getai battle the elements for survival and it has made them a hardy people. The lack of resources in the area forces the Thrakians to raid Northern Greece for booty and slaves. This forced conflict will soon brew into bloody wars with first Makedon and maybe further into the more powerful city states of Greece. The Thrakian war machine consists of fierce warriors willing to sacrifice their lives for pure blood lust. With most nimble but deadly men the Thrakians formed the archetype of the peltast while the nobles support all their actions. A perfect combination for the thick Thrakian woods.
With the Skula constantly raiding their provinces the Getai will need to find new resources quickly to build up armies to halt their advances. When the Getai have secured their kingdom and found their target, the rest of the world will learn to tremble at the news that the Thrakians are coming for their homes!
Taru Buris (Thracian Peltasts) UNIT MADE BY THE BATTLE FOR HELLAS: RISING OF MACEDONIA TEAM
Unlike the Greeks who tradtionally fight as heavy hoplites, the Thracian lifestyle gave birth to the peltast warfare. Those peltasts are lightly equipped, fast-moving skirmishers who wear down enemies with a hail of accurately thrown javelins.
Their strength lies in their ability to move through broken or rough terrain, and to stay away from enemies. They also carry daggers and small crescent shields, the pelte, that gives them their title. As a result, they can fight quite effectively against other units of skirmishers but are vulnerable if caught in the open by cavalry. They are, however, perfect for use in tactical ambushes, attacking careless enemies who have not spotted them, therefore soon they became mercenaries much in request by Hellenic or barbarian armies.
They wear on head the Thracian leather cap or an animal skin cap, and tunics on their bodies; over the tunics (the "kithon") they wear colorful mantles decorated with patterns and called "zeira" and had shoes of fawnskin on their feet and legs with rolled down tops, called "embades".
Ieter Buris (Thracian Slingers) UNIT MADE BY THE BATTLE FOR HELLAS: RISING OF MACEDONIA TEAM
In the deep woods of the Thrakian terrain, the sling has proven to be a valuable weapon. Since it does not rely on penetration power, but on the energy of the bullet, it is more useful against heavy bronze armor like the Greeks wear and the wicker shields, which can stop arrows. For that reason, the slingers are a worthy supplement of the Thrakian warriors in battle, although the use of the sling is more difficult than that of a javelin. The lack of shafted weapons makes these warriors even more nimble, but also less competent in close combat.
Mezena (Thracian Cavalry) UNIT MADE BY THE HEGEMONIA CITY STATES TEAM
The Thracians can furnish a large number of light horsemen. They are basically nothing else but mounted peltasts with not any remarkable difference with the peltasts as far as their equipement is concerned. The Thracian light cavalry is best used in scouting and in harassing the enemy. They will have trouble when facing heavier cavalry.
Triballi Chereki (Triballi Infantry) UNIT MADE BY THE BATTLE FOR HELLAS: RISING OF MACEDONIA TEAM
The Triballi are a powerful people of northern Thrace and form a subgroup of the Getai. They were independent from the Odryssian king, Sitalces, who was actually killed during a campaign against the Triballi. They are usually considered to be more savage than the southern Thracian tribes and are difficult to be defeated when they are fighting in their homeland.
The Triballi were among the most fierce and warlike of the Thracian tribes, although that has been said about most Thracian tribes. However, it might have more merit for the Triballi, as they were a byword for savagery and an Athenian club for lawless youths was named after them. The Triballi were once subdued by Philippos II, and then again by Alexandros. Alexandros was so impressed by them that he hired many and brought them on his Persian expedition. They were instrumental as assault infantry, and were able to outfight the Persian infantry on every occasion that they met them. These troops had a simple philosophy of war. Throw javelins, charge, and then rip your enemies apart. For such simple tactics, they were wildly effective against most enemies.
The Triballi were in constant contact with the Getai and Skythians and also the Illyrians. One Illyrian tribe, the Oataritai, overcame the Triballi around 424 and forced them out of their original homelands further south than their present location and they were also hard pressed centuries later when the Celts migrated to the area. The Skythian, Illyrian and later Celtic influences on the Triballi might be the reason they are sometimes mentioned as distinct from the other Thracian tribes.
Luftėtarė Drapėr (Dardani Falxmen) UNIT MADE BY THE BATTLE FOR HELLAS: RISING OF MACEDONIA TEAM
Dardani warriors are used as mercenaries by many of the Illyrian and Thracian tribes for their ferocity and stamina on the battlefield. Apart from their bronze greaves their greatest defense is their large shield that is strapped on their backs.
The Dardani, or Dardanians was a tribe that occupied the region of Dardania, at the Thraco-Illyrian contact zone; their identification as either an Illyrian or Thracian tribe is uncertain. The Dardani tribe is viewed of as extremely barbaric". They bathed only three times in their lives; At birth, when they were wed and after they died. Strabo refers to them as wild and dwelling in dirty caves under dung-hills. This however may have had to do not with cleanliness, as bathing had to do with monetary status from the viewpoint of the Greeks. At the same time, Strabo writes that they had some interest in music as they owned and used flutes and corded instruments.
Drapanai (Getai Falxmen) UNIT MADE BY THE BATTLE FOR HELLAS: RISING OF MACEDONIA TEAM
The Drapanai contingents are made up of resolute warriors, well aware of their role on the battlefield as shock troops. While the average Getic soldier tells himself he is immortal, the Drapanai, more than any others, join battle without fear of death. They fight bare-chested and with only baggy trousers, not for protection but to keep some warmth. Their trademark though is the falx, a vicious blade capable of severing limbs and causing horrible wounds with a single, crushing blow. These warriors are best used as shock troops against enemy infantry. If used properly, they can cut their way through and open a gap in the enemy battle line, allowing other Getic warriors to exploit the opening. Their lack of armor might be a drawback against concentrated enemy missile fire and they should thus not be exposed to enemy ranged infantry needlessly.
A Drapanai soldier is the archetype of the Getic warrior, bare-chested and armed with the falx. The falx weapon was developed from the Thracian rhomphaia and it became a traditional weapon among the Getai. The ones wielding it and who often made up the Drapanai were young vigorous warriors, striving to achieve recognition among their kin and fellow men. The religious aspects should not be overlooked either, as these men formed the frontline and served as shock troops which meant they were more exposed to the enemy, where the Getic religious zeal was of immense importance as these warriors did not fear death, because death was the gateway to their prophet-god Zalmoxis.
Getai Buris (Getai Peltasts) UNIT MADE BY THE BATTLE FOR HELLAS: RISING OF MACEDONIA TEAM
This was the most current forefront infantry. Like among the celts, they were young men, with little experience of war, equipped with light wicker and leather shields, a bunch of javelins and a dagger for close-combat. Perfect skirmishers, they count first on their agility to survive far beyond their own lines. This is their duty in scale battles, perfect for improving the skills and courage while not taking too much risks.
From the 7th century BC onwards, the Getae came into economic and cultural contact with the Greeks, who were establishing colonies on the western side of Pontus Euxinus, nowadays the Black Sea. The Getae are mentioned for the first time together in Herodotus in his narrative of the Scythian campaign of Darius I in 513 BC, during which the latter conquered the Getai. According to Herodotus, the Getai differed from other Thracian tribes in their religion, centered around the god Zalmoxis whom some of the Getai called Gebeleizis.
Getai Mezena (Getai Cavalry) UNIT MADE BY THE HEGEMONIA CITY STATES TEAM
These horsemen form the mounted counterparts of the Getai war bands. They ride into battle without any type of armor, only having war paint protecting them, while carrying javelins, spears and short swords. Their nimble horses allow for very good performance in any type of terrain, being often used to screen flanks, charge home and for pursuit once an enemy is broken. They are also expert scouts and perfectly suited for the scorched-earth raiding tactics commonly used by the Getai. While they can pose problems to heavy cavalry when using javelins, they’ll also carve a bloody path through most medium cavalry with their daggers.
the word mezena is a purely thracian one meaning rider or horseman as a tomb inscription reveals. These riders were nothing more than komatai who could afford losing their horse on the battlefield. They preferred the short sword to the common sica due to their stabbing effectivness and in pursuit. Their numbers fluctuated, and could at times be considerable. When Alexandros pushed up to the Danube, many thousands from the mezena confronted him there.
Rhomphaia Buris (Thracian Infantry) UNIT MADE BY THE BATTLE FOR HELLAS: RISING OF MACEDONIA TEAM
Thracians are fearsome warriors, experts with the rhomphaia, a deadly bladed weapon that can cleave enemy infantry. These troops fight in loose formations, as they need space to wield their weapons to full advantage. They are best employed to cut into tightly packed enemy units, but can also give a good account of themselves against light cavalry.
The rhomphaia itself is a frightening weapon, used either one or two-handed. It comprises a curved, poleaxe weapon, and as the blade is sharpened along the inner edge, the damage on the blow is done with a pulling motion. When used properly, a rhomphaia can easily hack off limbs or decapitate an enemy.
Thracians are renowned for their love of battle, and victorious warriors often return to camp singing songs and displaying severed heads impaled on their rhomphaias. This love of a good fight also encourages them to attack from time to time without orders. A Greek writer, the "Father of History", Herodotos of Halikarnassos once said that they could conquer the world, if they ever stop fighting each other for long enough!
In Greek mythology, Thrax was regarded as one of the reputed sons of the god Ares. In the Alcestis, Euripides mentions that one of the names of Ares himself was "Thrax" since he was regarded as the patron of Thrace.
Esvas Getai (Getai Horse Archers) UNIT MADE BY THE BATTLE FOR HELLAS: RISING OF MACEDONIA TEAM
The Getai horse archers have a long and proud tradition, having developed superb skills in confrontations with the Skythai and Sauromatai. These Getai "who believe they are immortals" were the only tribes of the Thraikians whose horsemen confronted Dareios in his expedition against the Skythai in 514 BC, and for their "recklessness they were immediately subdued and forced to follow the huge Persai army, even though they are the bravest and most righteous of all Thraikes", as Herodotos notes. Their task is to kill, wound, disrupt, or simply reduce the morale of enemy infantry with endless showers of arrows, but they have problems like all horse archers in wet or damp weather. Their Skythian akinakes, a type of straight sword commonly used south of the Istros, and their fast horses enable them to make swift thrusts into the enemy flanks. However, one should never engage them in prolonged close quarters battle.
The Getic horsemen won the admiration of the Hellenes when they decided to engage Dareios in Mikra Skythia; and they must have won the admiration of Dareios, as after their eventual defeat, they were pressed into service within the Persian army. Their numbers were large; Thoukydides notes, referring to the great army of supposedly 150,000 men, a third of it cavalry, recruited by the Odrysian king Sitalkes: "the largest part of the cavalry was provided by the Getai." Regarding their weapons, the composite bow transformed them into efficient killers while their horses kept them out of harm's way.
These Getai warriors are not drawn from every Getic tribe, but from the tribes living in the Danube-delta area or from the Agathyrsoi living inside the arch of the Karpathes. The Hellenes called all men living in modern-day Romania & northern Bulgaria for Getai after this tribe, while the Romans called them Dacians, which is the norm today. In earlier Greek history texts, Getai was used to describe just the one tribe, not the other tribes as well, which the term encompassed later on, when the tribes in the Carpatho-Danubian area became more organized and united.
Zibythides (Thracian Noble Cavalry) UNIT MADE BY THE BATTLE FOR HELLAS: RISING OF MACEDONIA TEAM
The top of the Thracian society can not only afford horses for war, but also heavy armor. Most prestigious are the heavy Greek helmets and armor, although they are rather sub-optimal for the combat on horseback. However, they offer good protection and with their help, the Thracian nobles can fight on even under heavy enemy engagement.
Their wicker shield is strapped on the back for giving them more freedom in movement. As part of their thracian culture, these nobles throw a couple before the engagement, and whend they do, they charge with their Sica (a short sword or large dagger of ancient Illyrians, Thracians and Getai) as their melee weapon. They accompany the king in battle as his trusty retinue and will protect him no matter what.
A Thracian chieftain could have access to armor and helmets. One could be equipped with a Chalcidian type helmet, a breastplate (this sort of armor is rarely found outside Crete and only one has been found in Thrace, a bell-type cuirass) with a mitrai (a plate attached to the bottom of the cuirass to protect the abdomen) a wicker pelte, two javelins and a sword. Body armor was restricted to nobles and army commanders. Greek armor was in use in Thrace before the classical age. Nobles would sometimes wear pectorals on their chests as a sign of rank.
SWIFT REMINDER THAT ALL HORSE MODELS AND TEXTURES COMES FROM THE CLASSICAL AGE: TOTAL WAR MOD
Last edited by The Wise Coffin; September 14, 2016 at 07:05 AM.
March 17, 2016, 08:28 AM
Re: Rise of Persia 3.0 |PREVIEW| Getai Roster
Wooooow, the units are amazing, especially the Thracian royal cav!!!!!!
March 17, 2016, 08:57 AM
Re: Rise of Persia 3.0 |PREVIEW| Getai Roster
Great preview! Thanks for posting
The units made by BfH: Rising of Macedonia are amazing. I have this mod installed. What I“m concerned about is how they will fit with original RoP units on battle maps.