Annamese (North Vietnam)
39-43AD and 1350-1527AD

 

 

THE GRAECO-BACTRIAN LIST

 

SPECIAL RULES
*1        Elephant                     
*2        Warband         
*3        Skirmish
*4        Stakes
*5        Heavy artillery 
*6        Handgunners
*7        Organ gun       
*8        Cannon            .
*9        Slow
*10      Terror
*11      Upgrade for Generals and Leaders to ride Elephants.
*12      In the opposing players turn, in his Command phase, you can spring an ‘ambush’ after any successful Command roll made by the enemy General. The opposing player can’t make any more Command rolls that turn.

Elephants.  Elephants were used in large numbers by many East Asian countries. These were the Asian (Indian) elephants, these were larger than the North African and Sumatran elephant. The elephants carried one warrior and a mahout, both were trained to fight. (The elephants are described as taking on foot soldiers and hurling them into the air and attacking with their tusks.)

Cavalry.  These were the mounted landowning classes and their retainers who were largely un-armoured possibly with shields and bamboo lances/spears.

Bodyguard.  The Bodyguard were possibly female warriors armed with wicker shields and bamboo spears.

Warband.  The ordinary peoples who make up the bulk of the army – a levy of farmers and villagers – armed with bows or bamboo spears and wicker shields. By the start of the 16th century some troops were being armed with halberds.

Archers.  These represent the un-armoured foot troops armed with bamboo bow or crossbow infantry who fought from a distance.

Handgunners.  Some missile  infantry were armed with handguns. (The Annamese presumably first acquired handgun technology from China at some point before 1390). 

Skirmisher.  Skirmishers were young or impoverished warriors armed with bows or bamboo javelins and usually carrying a small shield.

Fire-lance.  A spear with a gunpowder based pyrotechnic device attached, a flamethrower! Fire-lances were in Song Chinese use by the late 11th cent. - early 12th cent. resulting in a crossover to the Annamese.

Stakes.  Hidden bamboo stakes and ditches, at times planted in river-beds and banks. Earthworks were protected by rows of stake also hidden as anti-cavalry traps.

Stone thrower.  Heavy stone throwing engines captures/copied from the Chinese.

Organ guns.  The organ gun represents wheeled multiple barrelled rocket launchers.

Heavy Cannons.  These were heavy bombard and field pieces that were becoming more common during this period and were copied from the Chinese.

Viriato.  This is an optional upgrade as the armies General can be upgraded to Viriato – hero of the resistance against its enemies bringing the benefit of the ‘ambush’ rule.  This is to allow for the guerrilla fighting which was a part of Annamese warfare.

Trung sisters revolt 39 - 43AD, also the core armies for 1350-1527AD (This list could also be used to cover until 939AD when fire-lances were introduced)

Troop

Type

Attack

Range

Hits

Armour

Cmnd

Unit

Size

Min/

Max

Points

Notes

Elephants

Elephants

4

15

4

5+

-

3

-/1

200

*1

Cavalry

Cavalry

3

-

3

6+

-

3

-/1

70

 

Bodyguard

Infantry

4

-

3

6+

-

3

-/1

55

*2

Warriors

Infantry

3

-

3

-

-

3

6/-

35

*2

Archers

Infantry

2

30

3

-

-

3

-/4

40

*2

Skirmishers

Infantry

1

15

3

-

-

3

2/4

30

*3

Trung Trac

General

+2

-

-

-

8

1

1

100

*12

Trung Nhi

Leader

+1

-

-

-

8

1

-/1

80

 

Chiefs

Subordinate

+1

-

-

-

7

1

-/4

30

 

CORE OPTIONS for all armies
The following options are available for core troop types in any Annamese army. See accompanying description for details.

Elephant

Mounts

1

-

-

-

-

-

2

+30

*11

Viriato

General

-

-

-

-

-

-

-/1

+25

*12

Stakes

Include stakes with Warriors or Archers

-/8

+5

*4

Middle period list 1350-1426AD
If your army is a Middle period army then the following alterations are added to the core and options lists.

Cavalry

Cavalry

3

-

3

+5

-

3

-/1

+10

 

Stone thrower

artillery

1

3x60

3

-

-

1

-/1

75

*5, 9

Firelance                

Warriors only, one off use when charged     25% +5 *10

Handgunners        

Some Archers could be reclassified as Handgunners  -/2 +5 *6

Late period list from 1427-1527AD
If your army is a Later period army then the following alterations are added to the core and options lists.

Cavalry

Cavalry

3

-

3

+5

-

3

-/1

+10

 

Organ Gun      

Artillery

D6x15

2

-

-

-

1

-/1

50

*7, 9

Cannon           

artillery

1

2x40

3

-

-

1

-/1

50

*8, 9

Firelance                

Warriors only, one off use when charged     25% +5 *10

Handgunners        

Some Archers could be reclassified as Handgunners  -/3 +5 *6