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The Armies of Korea
DBA Army Lists & Support Data

By Rudy Scott Nelson
Reprinted from Time Portal Passages (Spring 2000)

These DBA army lists cover Korean Armies from 1000 BC - 1388 AD. They are not meant to replace the Army List composed by the rules designer nor or they sanctioned for tournament use. Their purpose is to provide realistic armies for a friendly local campaign which would be focused on the Korean Peninsula and Southern Manchuria. As for castings to use, players will have to use period Chinese troops until some Korean castings become available. Finances permiting, I do plan to produce a Korean line in the near future.

Ancient Chosen 1000 BC-200 BC - 1 x HCh; 1 x 3Cv; 2 x 2Lh(Nomades); 2 x 2Ps; 2 x 4Bw; 2 x 4Sp; 2 x 2Ps or 3Wb or 4Ax

Weimen Chosen 200BC- 108 BC - 2 x HCh; 2 x 4Sp; 2 x 4Bw; 2 x 2Ps; Korean 1 x 3Cv; 1 x 2LH; 2 x 3Wb OR 2Ps OR 1 x 4Bw + 1 x 4Sp.

Han China Commandaries 108 BC-313 AD - 1 x Hch or 3Cv; 2 x 4Cb; 2 x 4Sp; 2 x 2LH; 1 x 3Cv; 2 x 2PS; 2 x 3 Cv or 3Ax or 2 x Ps (Local levies).

Uyo Nomadic Tribes (Fought Commandaries, Koreans and Nomadic tribes) 400 BC - 300 AD 2 x 3Cv; 5 x 2LH; 3 x 3Ax or 3Wb or 2Ps; 2 x 2LH or 1 3Cv + 1 x 2Ps.

Early Korean Tribal-Walled Towns (Fought Commandaries, Puyo & each other) 200BC-300AD - 1 x 3Cv (Nobles); 1 x 2LH(Mercs); 2 x 4Bw; 2 x 4Sp; 6 x (any combination) 2Ps, 3Wb, 3Ax.

Three Kingdoms Era

Use the DBA rules book list for the Chinese Dynasties of the era (Sui, Tang).

Paekche 300- 660 AD - 2 x 3Cv or 3Knt; 3 x 4Bw; 3 x 4Sp; 2 x 2LH or 2Ps; 2 x 2Ps or 2LH or 1 x 4Bw + 1 4 Sp. To represent Japanese allies replace any 2 stands with 3Wb or 2Ps (mix of swordsmen and bow).

Kaya 300- 560 AD - 1 x 3Cv; 4 x 4Bw; 4 x 4Sp or 4Pk; 2 x 2LH or 2Ps; 1 x 3Wb or 3Ax or 2Ps

Koguryo 300-500 AD - 2 x 3Cv ; 2 x 2LH or 2Ps; 2 x 4Bw; 2 x 4Sp, 2 x 4Bw + 2 x 4Sp OR (Puyo allies)1 x 3Cv + 2 x 2LH + 1 x 2 Ps.

Koguryo 500-660 AD - 2 x 3Cv or 3Knt; 2 x 2LH or 2Ps; 4 x 4Bw; 4 x 4Sp.

Silla 300-520 AD - 4 x 4Sp; 4 x 4Bw/Cb; 1 x 2LH or 3Knt; 1 x 3Cv; 2 x 2Ps OR (Puyo)1 x 3Cv + 1 x 2 LH.

Silla 520-670 AD - 1 x 2LH; 2 x 3Cv; 2 x 4Bw/Cb; 2 x 4Sp or 4Pk; 2 x 4Sp or 4Pk or 2Ps; 2 x 4Bw or 2Ps; 1 x 2LH or 3Kn.

SILLA AD 670-935 (Dominant Period)

Royal Government Army. 2 x 3 Cav, 2 x 2LH, 2 x 4Bw/Cb, 2 x 4Sp, 2 x 2LH (Plains army)or 2 x 2Ps (Mtn Army scouts) or 2 x 3Wb (Peasant Levy), 2 x 2LH (Nomad allies) or 2 x 3Wb (Peasant Levy) or 1 x 4Sp + 1 x 4Bw or 2 x 2Cav (Retainers).

Castle Lord Rebel Army - 1 x 3Cav, 1 x 2LH, 2 x 4Bw, 2 x 4Sp (Retainers), 4 x 2Ps or 3 Wb (Revolting Peasants or Slaves), 2 x 2LH (nomadic Mercenaries) or 2 Ps (Slaves) or 2 3Wb (peasants) or 2 x 3 Cav (Disaffected noble factions) or 1 x 4 Sp + 1 x 4 Bw (disaffected soldiers).

WA Japan Pirates - 2 x 3Cv; 2 x 3Bw or 3Cv or 3Ax; 4 x 3Wb or 3Ax; 4 x Ps (Pirates).

Chıo-jok. Grass (Peasant) Brigades and the Red Trousered Bandits 889 AD - 1 x 3Cav (Sympathitic Nobles), 1 x 2LH, 2 x 3/4Bw, 2 x 4Sp (disaffected soldiers) 2 x 2Ps ( Peasants or Slaves) 4 x 2 Ps (Slaves) OR 3Wb (Red Trousered bandits/peasants).

KORYO AD 900 - 1388

Use the DBA rules book list for the Mongols, Khitan, Jurchen and Chinese Dynasties of the era.

Royal Army - 2 x 3Cv or 3Knt; 4 x 4Bw; 4 x 4Sp or 4Pk; 1 x 2LH; 1 x Wwg or Art or 3Cv or 2LH.

Kwang gun/ Respendant Army/ Noble Oath bannermen Army - 1 x 2LH; 2 x 3Cv; 2 x 4Bw; 2 x 4Sp; 1 x Art or 2Ps or 2LH; 2 x 4Bw + 2 x 4Sp OR (Loyal Peasants) 2 x 2Ps + 2 x 3Wb.

Pylo mu ban (Independent Plains Strike Force) 1100 AD - (Sinıgigun) 2 x 3Cv; 2 x 2LH; (Sinıbugun) 2 x 4Bw; 2 x 4Sp; (Hangmagun/ Warrior Monks) 2 x 4Sp + 2 x 4Bw OR 4 x 4Ax OR 4 x 2Ps.

Sambyolch'o. Fought Mongol and Pro-Mongol Koryo factions. 1232-1273 1 x 3Cv; 1 x 2LH; 2 x 2Ps; 2 x 4Bw; 2 x 4Sp; 2 x 3Ax or 3Wb; 2 x 2Ps or 3Wb or 3 Ax.

Chinese Red Turban Warlord Armies 1350-1361 AD - 2 x 3Cv; 1 x 2Lh; 2 x 4Bd; 2 x 4Cb; 2 x 4Sp; 1 x 2Ps; 2 x 2Ps or 3Wb.

Note:  The preceding article is excerpted from the Spring 2000 issue of Time Portal Passages, which features related articles on the military history of the Korean Three Kingdoms era.


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