Maximillians Imperial Army

1487-1527AD

 

 

 

 

MAXIMILLIAN IMPERIAL LIST

 

 

 

 

 

SPECIAL RULES

*1 Knights
*2 Skirmish
*3 Phalanx
*4 Crossbow
*5 Arquebus (See below)
*6 Dopple Soldaten (See below)
*7 Heavy Cannon
*8 Cannon
*9 Organ Gun
*10 Shock

Landskneckt Pike. Large infantry regiments were the heart of the Imperial armies and at their core were landskneckt pike units.  Raised in direct imitation of the Swiss a bitter rivalry soon developed between the two groups and any conflict where they met was notable for the savagery and ruthlessness of its combat with quarter neither given nor expected.

While infantry (see below) may be drawn from many sources most pike units seem to have been raised in the many Germanic states and been termed landskneckt, however for simplicities sake pike units raised from other sources are included under this heading.

Arquebus. The arquebus is an early form of shoulder fired matchlock musket and represented a considerable improvement in firepower over the handgun.  During the late fifteen and early sixteenth century the arquebus became the dominate missile weapon on the renaissance battlefield, especially in Imperial armies which seem to have abandoned the crossbow before most other European armies, possibly a result of the landskneckts being a new concept and consciously adopting the latest weapons and tactics

The Arquebus combines the hitting power of the crossbow and the handgun, targets hit by arquebus count their saving throws as one worse than normal, (4 becomes 5, 5 becomes 6 and 6 becomes no save) and when rolling for drive backs the shooter rolls an extra die.  However, due to their relatively slow rate of fire these special rules do not apply when an arquebus unit is being charged or has moved during the movement phase.

Arquebus units down graded to skirmishers loose all their special abilities and are regarded as normal skirmish infantry as per WMA.

Infantry. Any non-pike armed infantry fighting for the Imperial cause, by the last quarter of the fifteenth century this generally means professional (mercenary) soldiers relatively well trained and fighting for pay rather than feudal obligation.  They may be true (German) landkneckts or mercenaries from almost anywhere in Europe.  Later armies may upgrade up to half their infantry to Spanish with the stats and points shown.

Cavalry Upgrade. Any units of cavalry may be upgraded to heavy cavalry.

Pike Upgrade. Relative poverty and the development of gunpowder weaponry saw a decline in the use of personal armour by many troops, nevertheless some, especially those who fought in the foremost ranks retained a degree of armour protection.  This upgrade allows up to half the landkneckt pikes to be upgraded to a 6+ armour save.

Swordmen Upgrade. Up to half the infantry may be upgraded to Swordsmen, this covers any troops who may be considered to fight better than the average rather than those armed with a specific weapon and covers such troops as halberdiers, two handed swordsmen (zweihander) or sword and buckler men.  Swordsmen enjoy and extra attack and better armour than normal infantry with a commensurate cost increase.

Dopple Soldaten. Landskneckts armed with both close combat (halberds and two handed swords) and distance weapons (arquebus or  crossbows).  They were the bravest and most experienced men, paid at double the normal rate and expected to undertake the most dangerous tasks on the battlefield.

Doppel soldaten units should include both melee and missile armed troops and may be depicted with arquebuses and/or crossbows they do not enjoy any of the arquebus or crossbow special rules, are limited to 15cm range and the standard infantry shooting arc.  Dopple Soldaten may stand and shoot when receiving a charge.

Spanish Infantry Upgrade. When Maximillian died his grandson Charles V became Emperor, later armies may upgrade up to half their infantry to Spanish with an increase in armour protection.

Spanish Cavalry. The long wars against the Moors in Spain had left Spanish armies with a stronger Light Cavalry tradition, which had developed from the jinettes of previous times, later armies may therefore include extra Light Cavalry to reflect this.

Crossbow and Arquebus Skirmishers.  Upto half the arquebus and crossbow units may be re-graded to skirmishers with stats as shown.  Note that both crossbows and arquebus units re-graded to skirmishers loose all special rules concerning range, targets saving throw and drive back dice, reverting to the same stats as skirmish infantry in WMA.

Von Frundsberg. The Emperor Maximillian ordered George Von Frundsberg to raise the first units of Lanskneckts in 1487, as such he is generally regarded as the "Father of the Landskneckts".  As Father of Lansknecks Von Frundsberg may inspire 1 unit to fight to the bitter end, if this upgrade is taken then any 1 unit of Lansknects may be upgraded to give it's final stand 6 hits instead of the usual 3.  This is the same as the Gallant unit bonus from the WM Army Book, the chosen unit must be "landskneckt" combat infantry, i.e. Pike, Swordsmen, or Dopple Soldaten and must be declared at the start of the game.

 

Troop

Type

Attack

Range

Hits

Armour

Cmnd

Unit

Size

Min/

Max

Points

Notes

Gendarmes

Cavalry

3

 

3

4+

-

3

-/2

135

*1

Cavalry

Cavalry

3

 

3

5+

-

3

-/2

80

 

Light Cavalry

Cavalry

2

15

3

6+

-

3

-/2

60

*2

Landsknecht Pike

Infantry

3

 

3

-

-

3

6/-

50

*3

Crossbows

Infantry

2

30

3

-

-

3

-/2

45

*4

Arquebus

Infantry

2

30

3

-

-

3

2/4

50

*5

Infantry

Infantry

3

-

3

6+

-

3

2/-

45

 

Dopple Soldaten

Infantry

4

15

3

5+

-

3

-/2

75

*6

Heavy Artillery

Artillery

1

3x60

2

-

-

1

-/1

75

*7

Cannons

Artillery

1

2x40

2

-

-

2

-/2

50

*8

Organ Gun

Artillery

1

D6x15

2

-

-

1

-/1

50

*9

General

General

+2

-

-

-

9

1

1

125

 

Lord

Leader

+1

-

-

-

8

1

-/1

80

 

Oberste

Sub

+1

-

-

-

8

1

-/2

40

 

OPTIONS

The following options are available for Maximillian Imperial armies.

Cavalry upgrade

Cavalry

3

-

3

5+

-

3

Any

+30

*10

Armoured Pike

Infantry

3

-

3

6+

-

3

Up to Half

+10

*3

Swordsmen

Infantry

4

-

3

5+

-

3

-/2

+25

 

Spanish Infantry

Infantry

3

-

3

5+

-

3

Up to Half

+15

 

Arquebus Skirmishers

Infantry

1

15

3

-

-

3

Up to Half

-20

*2

Crossbow Skirmishers

Infantry

1

15

3

-

-

3

Up to Half

-15

*2

Spanish Cavalry

Cavalry

2

15

3

6+

-

3

-/2

60

*2

Von Frundsberg

General

+2

-

-

-

9

1

1

+20