The Artaxiad Armenian

190-66 BC

 

 

 

ARTAXIAD ARMENIAN LIST

 

 

 

 

 

SPECIAL RULES

*1             Shock
*2             Slow
*3             Skirmish
*4             Unreliable
*5             Phalanx
*6             Tigranes The Great

Armenian Cataphracts.  These are heavily armoured cavalrymen riding horses with varying degrees of armour.  They are armed with the long lance-like kontos wielded in two hands. They are relatively slow and ponderous.

Mounted Skirmishers. This category represents light cavalrymen armed with either javelins or bows. These could be Armenians or could come from any one of Armenia’s allies or vassels.

Archers.  Bow armed Armenians or archers from occupied areas with a strong tradition of archery including Syrian and Arab bowmen.

Javelinmen. Although armed with javelins or short spears and shields we’ve treated these as essentially close fighting infantry. These represent the native Armenian infantry fighting as formed units.

Skirmishers. Armenian infantry fighting in loose formation at a distance either with bows, slings or javelins.

Imitation Legion. These are armoured troops fighting in broadly Roman fashion and trained by Tigranes’ ally Pontus; however, lacking the appropriate level of expertise we treat these as regular heavy infantry without the ‘Legion’ rule. We also consider them unreliable unless upgraded to ‘Trained’ , in which case they represent later battle-tried formations.

Phalanx.  These represent formerly Seleucid troops and are classified as unreliable but can be upgraded to ‘Loyal’ phalanx if you wish.

Armed Servants. These represent conscripted civilians and other lowly individuals brought along mostly to fetch and carry during siege operations but included here to swell the ranks. They would probably be armed with shields and spears or javelins and are treated as a poor quality ‘Javelinmen’.

Horse Archers. These specialist horse archers represent Parthians or Medians allied to Tigranes.

Allied Cataphracts.  These are heavy cavalry from amongst the vassel states to the south of Armenia including Media Atropatene, Gordyene, and Adiabene—all formerly northern territories of the Parthian Empire. They are generally armed and armoured much as contemporary Parthian Cataphracts .

Tigranes the Great. Tigranes begins the battle with a command value of 9, and is lowered to 8 as soon as an unmodified order roll is 10 or more. Also, any ally subordinate within 20cm of Tigranes has their command value modified to 8.

Troop

Type

Attack

Range

Hits

Armour

Cmnd

Unit

Size

Min/

Max

Points

Notes

Armenian Cataphracts

Cavalry

3

-

3

4+

-

3

1/3

125

*1, 2

Mounted Skirmishers

Cavalry

1

15

3

-

-

3

2/-

40

*3

Archers

Infantry

2

30

3

-

-

3

2/-

40

 

Javelinmen

Infantry

3

-

3

-

-

3

2/-

35

 

Skirmishers

Infantry

1

15

3

-

-

3

-/6

30

*3

General

General

+2

-

-

-

8

1

1

100

 

Crown Prince

Leader

+1

-

-

-

8

1

-/1

80

 

Allied Commander

Subordinate

+1

-

-

-

7

1

-/2

30

 

OPTION FOR ARMY OF TIGRANES 95-66BC

The Empire reached its height under Tigranes the Great during whose time the Armenians took over or extended their influence over much of what had been the Seleucid Empire and the northern part of the Parthian Empire. During this time the army expanded to include troops from these territories. To represent this the following troops are available to a Tigranic army.  Note that Tigranes automatically replaces the standard General in a Tigranic army. See accompanying description for details.

Imitation Legion

Infantry

3

-

3

5+

-

3

-/4

50

*4,

Phalanx

Infantry

3

-

3

5+

-

3

-/4

60

*4, 5

Armed Servants

Infantry

2

-

3

-

-

3

-/2

25

 

Horse Archers

Cavalry

1

30

3

-

-

3

-/2

50

*3, 4

Allied Cataphracts

Cavalry

3

-

3

4+

-

3

-/2

115

*1, 2, 4

Tigranes

General

+2

-

-

-

9/8

1

1

130

*6

FURTHER OPTIONS

The following options consist of upgrades and can be applied to armies containing the unit types described.

Trained Legion

Infantry

3

-

3

5+

-

3

All or none

+10

 

Loyal Phalanx

Infantry

3

-

3

5+

-

3

All or none

+1-

*5