Han Dynasty China

200BC-220AD  

 

 

SPECIAL RULES

*1 Heavy chariot
*2 Skirmishers
*3 Unreliable
*4 Light artillery
*5 Shock
*6 Portence

Che’ Heavy Chariots are heavy, four horse wooden chariots with a crew armed with swords, spears and crossbows.

Yueji Guard Cavalry are mounted soldiers trained to fight in the nomadic style, and who are skilled enough to match the Hsiung-nu in battle. 

Wuhan Cavalry are Chinese horsemen armed with bow and sword and trained to fight in nomadic style.  They lack the skills of the Hsiung-nu foes but are a powerful addition to the Han army. 

Chinese Cavalry were most likely armed with spears and thick leather armour although it is conjectured that they may also have made use of the composite bow in imitation of their Hsiung-nu foes.

Chinese Light Horse was an attempt by the Han to counter the threat posed by the Hsiung-nu.  Low quality horse archers they were always outclassed by their nomadic opponents.

Halberdiers and Conscript halberdiers were armed with the cross-bladed ‘ji’ heavy spear, and well armoured in leather, paper, or even metal lamellar.  They were often unwilling conscripts and lacked staying power in open battle.

Crossbowmen and Conscript Crossbowmen  were armed with the ‘nu’ pistol-grip crossbow, a cheap reliable weapon for a conscript army.  Like the halberdiers they supported, the crossbowmen were well armoured but brittle conscripts.

Mixed Foot were often fielded by the Han, with the conscripted halberdiers and crossbowmen fighting closely together in mixed units.

Skirmishers were armed with the nu crossbow and deployed where difficult terrain was expected. 

Spearmen are armed with the ‘mao’ long spear or ‘yan’ short spear.  They fought in disciplined, well ordered ranks and were typically mercenary or volunteer ‘professional’ troops.  Many also fought with the Chinese sword as skilled swordsmen

Pressed Convict Soldiers are those prisoners given the opportunity to earn their freedom through Imperial service.  They fought fiercely but were unreliable, lacking military discipline. 

Large Crossbow Artillery represents the Han light artillery, similar to the ballista. 

Hsiung-nu (Xiongnu) Cavalry represent tribal heavy troops in the service of the Han Chinese.  Armed with bow and sword they are capable of showering an enemy with deadly arrows of fighting up close.  They are none-the-less wild and unreliable. 

Hsiung-nu (Xiongnu) Horse Archers represent tribesmen in the service of the Chinese.  They fight in dense skirmishing swarms, and use their deadly bows to great effect, often at the gallop.  They are also unreliable.

Portents. The player can take the portents before the battle. This allows the General to re-roll one failed Command roll once during the battle. Take the Command test again—if successful the order is issued and the General can continue giving orders if you wish.

 

 

This list offers two options: Western Han Dynasty, and the Xin (Hsin) Dynasty Interregnum, plus the Eastern Han Dynasty Armies.  They have been colour coded for ease of use. Do note that the Eastern Han cannot field chariots.

Western Han Dynasty, Xin (Hsin) Dynasty Interregnum and Eastern Han Dynasty

Troop

Type

Attack

Range

Hits

Armour

Cmnd

Unit

Size

Min/

Max

Points

Notes

'Che' Heavy Chariots Heavy Chariots 4 15 4 5+ - 3 -/1 135 *1

Cavalry

Cavalry

3

-

3

5+

-

3

-/2

80

 

Skirm. Cavalry

Cavalry

1

15

3

-

-

3

-/2

40

*2

Halberdiers

Infantry

3

-

3

6+

-

3

2/-

35

*3

Crossbows

Infantry

3

30

3

6+

-

3

2/-

40

*3

Spearmen/swordsmen

Infantry

3

-

3

6+

-

3

-/2

45

 

Pressed Convicts

Infantry

3

-

3

-

-

3

-/2

+25

*3

Skirm. Infantry

Infantry 1 15 3 - - 3 -/4 30 *2

Large Crossbow Artillery

Artillery

1

40

3

-

-

2

-/2

50

 *4

Hsiung-nu (Xiongnu) Cavalry Cavalry 3 15 3 +5 - 3 -/1 105 *3, *5

Hsiung-nu (Xiongnu) Horse Archers

Cavalry

1

30

3

-

-

3

-/2

50

*2, *3

General

General

+2

-

-

-

9

1

1

125

 

Leader

Leader

+1

-

-

-

8

1

-/4

40

 

Portents

Re-roll General’s Command

1

+10

*6

Eastern Han Dynasty
Eastern Han cannot field 'Che' Heavy Chariots.

Yueji Guard Cav. Cavalry 3 15 3 +5 - 3 -/1 115 *5
Wuhan Cavalry Cavalry 2 15 3 +5 - 3 -/1 80 *5
Cavalry Cavalry 3 - 3 +5 - 3 1/4 80