This piece was contributed to The Stronghold by Russell Strachan, and also includes input from Luke Ueda-Sarsen, Colin Hagreen and Jim Davis. I edited it.
The sub period of course has to be Cyrus the Great & the wonderful contraptions attributed to him by Xenophon. These include his double mounted camels classed as Riders, although a case for them being Knights due to their anti-cavalry effects could be sustained; the scythed chariots Knights I think. Warband might be better but who needs scythed chariots in woods? And of course the mobile towers, Behemoths of course.
Of course we can't forget about Mithras, the war-god in his golden chariot, true he became a little marginalised by Ahura Mazda but perhaps the soldiery maintained stronger links as in Roman times.
One cannot forget to mention Cyrus the Great himself. He probably should be classed as a Hero general and if Mithras is not taken then that is how I would represent him. However APs are at a premium when trying to represent all the diverse parts of a Persian force, so something has to give!
Other oddities include Flyers represented by various winged lions, ibis and gryphons.
So, to the list...
|Cyrus the Great||Rider General @ 2AP||1|
|Mithras||God @ 4AP||1|
|Immortals/Sparabara||Shooters @ 2AP||4|
|Camelry||Rider @ 2AP||1|
|Scythed chariot||Knight @ 2AP||1|
|Mobile tower||Behemoth @ 4AP||1|
|Persian cavalry||Riders @ 2AP||1|
Hero General (Cyrus the Great) @4AP, Flyers (Various winged beasties) @2AP, Riders (Subject cavalry) @2AP, Hordes (Levy foot) @1AP, Cleric (Group of Magi) @3AP.
Colin Hagreen writes: I would have to class them as artillery - despite the range, which you could possibly rationalise as being extended because of the elevation. They can take a stronghold in contact, in fact it is the only element they can move into combat with, which is a point in favour. As to their resistance in combat, the tower itself may be a solid structure, but you could imagine the occupants to be driven off and the tower abandoned under these circumstances.
Jim Davis writes: As an opponent of Cyrus the Great I would propose King Croesus/Kroisos of Lydia:
|King Midas||Magician @ 4AP||1|
|Mounted Archers||Riders @ 2AP|
|Chariots||Knights @ 2AP||2|
|King's Guard||Spears @ 2AP||2|
|Archers||Shooters @ 2AP||2|
|Various Foot||Hordes @ 1AP||6|