Tuesday, 20 August 2013

My Trojan War Army List for Song of Spear and Shield


Trojan War Myceneans for Song of Spear and Shield v.1


Charioteer Light chariot    Points 85 Q 3 C3
Special Rules Chariot Light,  Long Move, expert charioteer

Chariot Warrior (dismounts & fights OO)  Points 105 Q3 C3
Special Rules Armour4, Javelin, Spear, Sword, Hero or Leader

Chariot Runner or Swordsman (OO)  Points 54 Q3 C2
Special Rules Shield, Sword, Dashing, Light infantry

Tower Shield Spearman (Close order)  Points 30 Q4 C2
Special Rules Pavise, Pike, Can be Drilled +4

Tower Shield Javelin (Close order)  Points 35 Q4 C2
Special Rules Large Shield, Javelin, Sword, Can be drilled +4

Archer (Close order)  Points 35 Q4 C2
Special Rules Bow, Composite, Good shot, Can be drilled +4

Later Spearman, or settled Sea People (Close order) Points 54 Q4 C2
Special Rules Javelin, Shield, Armour2, Sword Can be drilled +4

Skirmisher Archer (OO) Points 17 Q4 C1
Special Rules bow short, Expendable

Skirmisher Javelin (OO)  Points 15 Q4 C1
Special Rules javelin Expendable

Skirmisher Sling (OO) Points 17 Q4 C1
Special Rules Sling, Expendable

Nubian Mercenary Bow (Close or OO) Points 44 Q3 C2
Special Rules Desert survival, bow short, good shot, Can be drilled

Nubian Mercenary Javelin (Close or OO)  Points 48 Q3 C2
Special Rules Desert survival, Javelin, Shield, Can be drilled +4

Tower Shield Dendle Officer(Close order) Points 106 Q3 C3
Special Rules Armour4, large Shield, Sword, Javelin, Leader Can be drilled +4

Tower Shield Dendle Hero, Guard or Companion (Close order) Points 81 Q3 C2
Special Rules Armour4, large Shield, Sword, Javelin, Hero, Can be drilled +4

Later Officer (Close order) Points 100 Q3 C3
Special Rules Armour3, Shield, Sword, Javelin, Can be drilled +4

Later Hero, Guard or Companion (close order) Points 85 Q3 C3
Special Rules Armour3, Shield, Sword, Javelin, Hero, Can be drilled +4

Sea People Warband Points 41 Q4 C3
Special Rules Armour 2, Sword, Shield Terrifying charge

Myrmidon Spear (Close order) Points 62 Q3 C3
Special Rules Spear, Sword, Shield, Armour2

Myrmidon Noble Axe Points 68 Q3 C3
Special Rules Axe, Sword, Shield, Armour3

Myrmidon Youths (OO or Close order), Points 47 Q4 C3
Special Rules Shield, Javelin, Light Infantry, Terrifying charge

This list is designed to refight the Trojan War. As there is a lot of discussion about when and “if”.

I have included the early tower-shield and long spear armed troops as well as the later armoured open order javelin armed troops.
Please note that I have classed the tower-shield troops as pike armed (long spear used 2 handed) with pavise as this seems to deliver the right mix. These troops were intended to hold the enemy and keep chariots at bay. I can see no evidence of shield-wall type tactics. The shields were issued from the state, but there was no uniformity. What illustrations exist show each soldier with some room to move, cover himself with his shield by turning. Similar troops armed with javelins and swords had one hand free to manhandle their huge shields, so have counted as shielded as they have free-er movement. Archers and swordsmen attached to a unit attack from the unit, so are not skirmishers. I have also included the possibility that some troops were experienced and drilled. The units similarity to Alexander’s mixed phalanx is interesting!

Myrmidons are a hard hitting Thracian force commanded by Achilles. There is no hint of their kit. The double axe is forbidden to Achaean males. Both the Hittites and Egyptians had elite axe-wielding troops. So it's not hard to see a possibly mercenary or foreign-raised troops using a forbidden weapon (the Saxon and later, Viking mercenaries in the dark ages) or providing a different style of fighting. I've added some possibilities. I have to come clean, Khurasan's new Easterlings have inspired me to make another Myrmidon force)

Numidian Mercenaries seemed to have been used by Minoans, possibly Acheans. Easy to see them as an exotic guard. But why pay more for a troop type readily supplied by the poor? So there had to be a reason. Could they be regular, drilled troops? Terrifying charge, dragging prisoners back for lunch?

Settled Sea-Peoples gives a more reserved version of these troops. I'm thinking of the Lukka, who seemed to comply to the norm.

I make no apologies for classing Dendle armour as full plate. Having worn and fought in full medieval armour, against the weapons of the day it did the job.
Trojans were a Hittite ally. I suggest taking the supplied Hittite list and changing spear to javelin for +1point.