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The Assyrians can train Scythian horse archers. The Scythian horse archer are champion units.

The Scythian horse archer shoot only when forward facing. However, as far as I know the Scythian horse archer where able to shoot backwards: http://www.warriorsfortheworkingday.com/ScythianHorseman.htm

I am not really sure historically, if they where able to shoot backwards. Maybe, somebody else can find historical sources regarding the matter.

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all Euroasian nomads used same tactics.


In addition to the Parthians, this tactic was used by most nomads of the Eurasian steppe, including the Scythians,[2] Huns, Turks, Magyars, and Mongols, as well as armies from elsewhere such as the Sassanid clibanarii and cataphracts.

The Parthians used the tactic to great effect in their victory over the Roman general Crassus in the Battle of Carrhae.

The tactic was also used by Muslim conqueror Muhammad of Ghor in the Second Battle of Tarain in 1192 against Indian elephants and heavy infantry, by Alp Arslan in the Battle of Manzikert in 1071 against the Byzantines, and by Subutai in the Battle of Legnica in 1241 against Polish knights


Bonus. Scythian bow found in  China.



Reverse Technique

A pottery being exposed in the Museum of Classical Archaeology of Cambridge [20] (Picture 4), dated between 550-500 BC, present us an archer dressed with Scythian clothes. The archer uses a “reverse grip”, by pulling the string with the forefinger and the middle finger locking them with the thumb. This technique is been considered by many modern experts to help the quick arming and release of the arrow , while it is also believed to help the draw of stiff bows. It is believed to be of Central Asian origin which can be well explained by the fact that the majority of depictions of this technique show archers dressed with Scythian dress [21] with a unique exception: a depiction of Hercules drawing his bow with a reverse grip, from a black figure pottery (550-500 BC) which is exposed in the Museo Gregoriano Etrusco Vaticano in Vatican City [22]. Morse believes that this technique could be functional, although he suggests that it could also be an artistic mistake of the “tertiary” release [23].

Picture 4, Image may be copyrighted

Picture 4, Image may be copyrighted


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13 hours ago, wowgetoffyourcellphone said:

Right now in DE, I have a tech for "Parthian Shot" that makes the cavalry archers "kite" enemies by giving them a minimum range.

I am not quite understanding what you mean by "kite" the enemy. Can you explain how this work in more detail?

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