The Lydians

680-546 BC

 

 

 

LYDIAN LIST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPECIAL RULES

*1 Skirmish
*2 Heavy Chariots

Heavy Cavalry. The Persians regarded the Lydian cavalry as the best of their troops and were reluctant to engage with them—we have therefore graded them as heavy cavalry with a further option to upgrade then to elite cavalry at +10pts per unit. If units are upgraded in this way no chariots can be included—it being assumed that the elite of Lydian society fight mounted rather than as chariot warriors.

Chariots. These are two-horse light chariots whose crewmen are armed with javelins and light spears. Chariots were more common in the early part of the list and their use declined as time went on—eventually they were replaced by the cavalry for which Lydia was famous.

Mounted Skirmishers. These could be Phrygian or Paphlagonian cavalrymen—lands to the north of Lydia that came to be part of the Lydian empire. They are typical skirmishing cavalry with javelins.

Cimmerian Horse Archers. The Cimmerians were early invaders of the Near East—they were driven southward by the Scythians and caused much unrest in Anatolia and Assyria. They were typical steppe nomads—and we have represented them here as horse archers for the sake of variety (they could just as easily be represented by a standard light cavalry stat at the same points cost if players preferred).

Spearmen. These are the citizen militia of Anatolian cities such as Sardis— in time they would transmute into Greek-style Hoplites with armour, bronze helmets and long spears—but in the early years they would have shorter spears and or javelins and little if any armour. All or none of the Spearmen can be upgraded to Hoplites either representing native troops or Mercenary Greeks . This costs the indicated points per unit.

Light Infantry. These represent the lightly equipped troops of the mountainous regions of Anatolia, such as  Phyrgians, Paphlagonians, and Cilicians as well as mercenary Thracians from the west. They are armed with javelins and spears and carry large shields.

Skirmishers. These are very lightly equipped javelin armed troops from Lydia, Phrygia or Mysia—all part of western Anatolia. Skirmishers like this could probably come from almost anywhere in the Lydian empire—but these areas are known for providing such troops. Up to half these units can be uprated to Lydian or Phrygian bowmen at the cost per unit shown. 

Assyrian Spears/Bows. These are Assyrian troops of the standing army or Kisir Sarruti—well armoured, wearing helmets and equipped with spears or bows. These troops can be combined into mixed units with the Spearmen in front protecting the archers in the rear rank—these  units have a combined stat that reflect the overall fighting prowess of the unit.

Qurubuti Spears/Bows. These are the elite fighting formations in the Assyrian army—the King’s Guard—and like the ordinary troops they can be fielded as combined formations with a mixed stat.

Assyrian Cavalry. The cavalry are part of the standing army and equipped with armour. Helmets and a mix of spears and bows. They have been given a stat as light cavalry to reflect their mix of armament.

Qurubuti Cavalry. These are the elite cavalry units in the army—part of the King’s Guard—equipped in the same way as ordinary cavalry with some riders armed with bows and others armed with spears , but they have been given improved fighting potential to reflect their superior status.

Assyrian Chariots. Four horse chariots and crew of four men armed with a mixture of weapons including bows and spears.

Troop

Type

Attack

Range

Hits

Armour

Cmnd

Unit

Size

Min/

Max

Points

Notes

Heavy Cavalry

Cavalry

3

-

3

5+

-

3

2/4

80

 

Chariots

Chariots

2

15

3

6+

-

3

-/2

80

*1

Mounted Skirmishers

Cavalry

1

15

3

-

-

3

2/4

40

*1

Cimmerian Horse Archers

Cavalry

1

30

3

-

-

3

-/1

60

*1

Spearmen

Infantry

3

-

3

6+

-

3

4/-

45

 

Light Infantry

Infantry

2

15

3

-

-

3

1/4

40

*1

Skirmishers

Infantry

1

15

3

-

-

3

-/4

30

*1

General

General

+2

-

-

-

8

1

1

100

 

Leader

Leader

+1

-

-

-

8

1

-/2

80

 

OPTIONS

The following upgrade are available to the Lydian army. Spearmen can be up-graded to Hoplites to represent a later Lydian army—in which case no chariots can be taken.  Heavy Cavalry can be upgraded to represent elites cavalry—in which case no chariots can be taken. Skirmishers can be upgraded to Bowmen. See the accompanying descriptions for details.

Hoplites

Infantry

3

-

3

5+

-

3

All or none

+15

 

Elite Cavalry

Cavalry

4

-

3

5+

-

3

Any

+10

 

Bowmen

Infantry

2

30

3

-

-

3

Up to half

+15

 

Portents

Re-roll General’s Command

1

+10

 

OPTIONS—ASSYRIAN ALLIANCE

In the 640’s BC the Lydians and Assyrians allied together to fight the invading Cimmerians. This list allows us to represent a hypothetical allied force. If Assyrian allies are taken the army cannot include Hoplites, Elite Cavalry or Cimmerians. Combined units can be fielded instead of separate Spear and Bow armed units—but separate and combined units cannot both be chosen—this represents the same troops fighting in mixed formations.

Qurubuti Spear

Infantry

4

-

3

5+

-

3

1

70

 

Qurubuti Bow

Infantry

3

30

3

6+

-

3

1

60

 

Combined Qurubuti

Infantry

3

30

3

5+

-

3

2

70

 

Qurubuti Cavalry

Cavalry

3

15

3

6+

-

3

1

70

 

Assyrian Spearmen

Infantry

3

-

3

5+

-

3

-/3

60

 

Assyrian Bowmen

Infantry

2

30

3

6+

-

3

-/3

50

 

Combined Assyrians

Infantry

3

30

3

6+

-

3

-/6

60

 

Assyrian Cavalry

Cavalry

2

15

3

6+

-

3

-/1

60

*1

Assyrian Chariots

Chariots

4

15

4

5+

-

1

-/1

135

*2