the classic barbarian foot armies. The Franks troubled the Roman Rhine
frontier for 2 centuries before finally taking over Gaul and setting up
the longest lasting kingdom of all the Germanic tribes which brought
down the Western Roman Empire. The area still bears their name (France
to the uneducated). Their characteristic weapons were the Angon a barbed
heavy throwing spear and, of course, the Francisca a one handed throwing
were among the German tribes which breached the Rhine Frontier in 406
AD. They occupied parts of Roman Gaul and set up their own kingdom
under the Merovingian Dynasty. A series of wars followed as the Franks
gradually occupied all of the old Roman province. They subjugated the
Burgundians and remnant Romano-Gallic states and drove the Visigoths
out into Spain.
minded all out attack is the only real option for this army. Make the
most of the warband impetus. Use the small number of skirmishers and
cavalry to protect the flanks.
cutting edge of the army is the Comitatus, a body of well equipped
professional warriors. These are tough and hard hitting. Use them
wisely. The army will struggle against cavalry armies unless it has
plenty of terrain to play in. Read about the battle of Casilinum if you
want to know what happens to this army in the open.