Thureophoroi were an all-purpose troop armed with a long thrusting spear, javelins and a sword. They could form up in loose or close formation and thus, operate in rough terrain. According to Plutarch, they could fight as skirmishers and then fall back, assume spears and tighten the ranks.
In Impetus, their javelin missile fire is key as is their ability to go into rough terrain. When pressed, they'll stand and fight in melee as well. Is there anything these fellows cannot do?
You gotta love the the panache of soldiers who took to the battlefield and fought in capes. Were they the inspiration for a modern Superhero? You be the judge!
At this point, you're probably asking yourself, when oh when will the Pontic Project end? Or maybe I'm just projecting. Well, I've finished the army but I'm taking my sweet time posting the last bits to my blog. I've got Javelinmen, Roxolani and Xystophoroi queued up and ready to bring it home. Then it's on to my Gallic army, V 2.0.