Tribes Galatians, Armenians, Parthians
Home Provinces Cappadocia, Armenia, Mesopotamia
Troop Types Cavalry/missile troops (horse-archers); light infantry (swordsmen)
Threat Level Very dangerous.
Tactics Light infantry will attack first, usually trying to turn one of your wings. They are clad in mail armor, which makes them dangerous in close combat.
Roman Tactics Deal with the light infantry first, even if you must turn your entire wing against them. The horsemen will rarely dismount and come to their aid. Once the light infantry have been neutralized, attack the cavalry in front with two units in tortoise formation, then smite them on the flank with heavy infantry. (Special note: Unless you're experienced and have a very large force, your chances of victory are actually better if you turn command over to the computer!)
Tribes Mauri, Blemmyes
Home Provinces Mauretania, Cyrenaica, Africa Proconsularis
Troop Types: Heavy infantry (spearmen); Light infantry (swordsmen); Missile troops (bowmen)
Threat Level Low
Tactics Mass attacks that often result in confusion.
Roman Tactics Enter tortoise formation and let them come. Send a column or two after their bowmen, then turn your columns on the infantry mass and strike them in the rear. As soon as the bowmen break and run, order "pursuit."