Monday, September 6, 2010
Royal Armies of The Hyborean Age: Vendhya
Banner: Color varies by which prince is leading the army but all would have the national emblem in the center. This emblem is a stylized mammoth's head with cold balls at the ends of the tusks.
Vendhya is a mythical prehistoric India. As would be expected the army depended heavily upon the Wooly Mammoth. These fearsome creatures were "tamed" to carry war howdahs and used extensively in the armies of Vendhya.
Due to the crushing impact of charges by the mammoths the military in Vendhya totally neglected the development of a cavalry arm. thus the bulk of the army is made up of medium spearmen who were well trained regulars. Extensive use was made of archers, both in the Mammoth's howdahs and on foot.
All Vendhyan troops wore yellow uniforms with unit distinctions being in the color of their sashes and turbans, Their shields were the same color as their sashes and turbans and bore their regimental insignia. These regimental insignia were generally not terribly warlike, as often the case in European coats of arms. They were often stylized flowers or stars. The insignia was always yellow. The insignia would also appear on the regimental banner which would be the color of the unit's sash and turban.
Each unit of archers and each unit of mammoths was generally assigned to a given unit of spearmen and would wear the same sash and turban colors. The archers would have no banner but one of the mammoth crews would carry a regimental banner. Each wooly mammoth has a crew of four. The crew includes a mahout, one spearman, and two archers. This regimental system was based on the custom of having regiments raised and maintained by prestigious noble families to that the regimental insignia compared to the family crest carried by men at armis in the Western Kingdoms.
Whichever of the royal princes was leading the army would bring along his personal guard. This guard unit was heavier infantry and it would have the special privilege of wearing purple as a sash and turban color. THe shild would also be purple with the Royal emblem (mammoth's head) embossed on the shield. Their banner color would vary but it would always have the royal emblem in it's center.
The following is a breakdown of a Vendhyan Army.
Unit Type Class # figures % of army
Regular Infantry MI B 24 50-85
Archers LI B 12 10-25
Royal Guard HI A 30 1 unit
Wooly Mammoths WM C 3 5-8
***As a side note, I'm not sure if I remember any mention of mammoths in Hyboria, so I'm not completely sold on using them in my game, still undecided at this point***
Black Raven war mammoth should I choose to use mammoths. Although I would add more indian figures to the howdah.
Khurasan Miniatures Indian range fit the bill as well!