The Pandurs (or pandours) were developed during the early 18 century in the Croatian Kingdom, under Habsburg monarchy. The monarchy ruled the country from 1527 to 1868, which was also known as the Austrian Empire from 1804 to World War 1. In 1740, the Habsburg government found themselves in the War of Austrian Succession. The War, which included battles in Europe, India, and North America, was largely fuelled by the Habsburgs. The country itself was largely open to attack from Prussia and the Ottoman empire during these times, resulting in the creation of the Military Krajina, or Military Border. The Borderland around the country offered a first line of defense on all sides throughout out the countries long history of wars.
Aside from the Austrian liner infantry and calvary, a special force of irregular soldiers were also deployed by Queen Maria Theresa during the war. Under the command of Baron Franz von der Trenck, 1000 or so men, called Pandur based on the rural town they originated from, were deployed behind enemy lines, not to invade, but to disturb the enemies organization. The Pandurs conducted constant raids and sneak attacks on enemies supply lines and camps, both in small groups and large scale formations.
Pandurs were known for their amazingly brutal tactics and irregular style warfare. Even with a lack of training, the Pandurs were very adaptable to both weapons and terrain. The early firearms used by the Pandurs were used to great success in their style of warfare, along with a decent range of melee weapons. Many other countries of the time tried to adapt the Pandur style of solider, but rarely were able to use them at the same success of the Austrians. The Pandurs are very dangerous to who ever they come across.
In 1545, Ivan the Terrible developed the first elite formations of firearm soldiers. The Marksman Troops, called generally Strelsty (meaning "shooter") were recruited from rural areas to serve in the military. These men soon gained life time membership, which developed into a heredity in a family. Strelsty were used as guards to the Kremlin, local police and firemen, border guards, and military units.
In times of peace, Strelsty were viewed as simple police service to the public, preforming common duties and checks.
The Strelsty class was both highly reward and highly mis-treated. Those close to the government enjoyed a privileged hierarchy, while those normally forced to serve, especially in very harsh areas of the country, suffered horribly. This social warfare eventually led to the Strelsty Uprising in the 17 Th century. Soon after this was suppress by Peter the Great, the Strelsty slowly disbanded, ending the elite corp.
Even with their history, the Strelsty were still a very elite branch of the Russian army. Their arms and tactics were very effective against both infantry and calvary.
Long Range: 20/20
Medium Range: 15/15
Specialized Melee: 15/15
Close Range: 10/10
Extreme Close Range: 5/5
Armour (Very low for both):
Head and Neck: 10/10
Blocking (Close Range only): 5/5
Specialized Formations: 10/10
Motivation / Loyalty: 10/10
Overall Strategy: 15/15
Primary Strategy: 10/10
Rules of Combat: 10/10