The Shang Chinese

c1700-1000 BC

 

 

 

THE SHANG LIST

 

 

 

 

SPECIAL RULES

*1             Skirmish
*2             Portents

Noble She. ‘She’ are bow armed warriors and such troops make up a large portion of the Shang army. These units represent the noble elite of the army. They have been given an armour save to represent their solidity as well as any potential advantage in armour.

She. The mass of bow-armed warriors.

Shu. Infantry armed with an array of spears or pole-arms.

Skirmishers. Bow armed troops fighting as skirmishers.

Commander in Chariot. This option allows any commanders to be fielded in a chariot adding +1 further attack (i.e. General becomes +3 attacks and Leaders +2 Attacks). Commanders could ride chariots from the earliest times and during the later Shang the chariot was developed as a mass weapon.

Ma. ‘Ma’ are chariots and this option allows units of Noble She to be upgraded to either 2-man or 3-man chariots—note that you must choose either 2-man OR 3-man chariots—you cannot include both in the same army. The 2-man chariots were the earliest development allowing their riders to skirmish from a distance much like the chariots of ancient Egypt. The 3-man chariots are heavier and do not skirmish—but not they are not ‘heavy chariots’ as defined by the rules—they are chariots based to the barrow edge with the stats as shown.

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.

Troop

Type

Attack

Range

Hits

Armour

Cmnd

Unit

Size

Min/

Max

Points

Notes

Noble She

Infantry

2

30

3

6+

-

3

-/2

50

 

She

Infantry

2

30

3

 

-

3

4/-

40

 

Shu

Infantry

3

-

3

-

-

3

2/6

35

 

Skirmishers

Infantry

1

15

3

-

-

3

2/4

30

*1

General

General

+2

-

-

-

8

3

1

100

 

Leader

Leader

+1

-

-

-

8

1

-/2

80

 

OPTIONS

The following option are available for Shang armies and allow the army to represent a force after the adoption of the fighting chariot around 1200 BC. The army can include either 2-man or 3-man chariots but not both—the 3-man being a later development. Prior to this time chariots were used as transport for individuals—and an upgrade for the army’s general  and leaders has been included to represent this. See accompanying description for details.

 

Commander in Chariot

Chariot

+1

-

-

-

-

-

Any

+10

 

Ma (2man)

Chariot

2

15

3

6+

-

3

Any

+30

*1

Ma (3 man)

Chariot

3

15

3

6+

-

3

Any

+30

 

Portents

Re-roll General’s Command

1

+10

*2