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DBA "Dark Ages" Barbarian
and Steppe Army Morphs

by John Gillson

On the basis that groups of peoples from the same geographical areas would have similar appearances, then figures may be used to morph into different armies.

Dark Age Barbarian Morph

In the first instance western barbarians. The differences between the following were very small. So I can use the following generic Dark-ages type elements to field the following armies:

Element
(Min/Max)
Barbarian
Morph
Bretons Early Goth
Vandal
Early Franks
Burgundians
Early Saxon
Frisian & Suevi
Gepid &
Lombard
Later
Visigoths
Italian
Ostrogoths
Later
Franks
Kn 6 0 2/3 0 0 0/4 1 6 3/6
Cv 6 6 0 0/1 0 0 4 0 0/3
LH 6 3 0/1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wb 10 0 3/7 10 10 0/4 5/8 0 0
Sp 6 2 0 0 0 0/4 0/5 0/2 3/6
Bd 4 0 0 1 0/1 0/4 0 0 0
Aux 2 0 0 0 1 0 0/2 0 0
Bow 4 0 0 0 0 0/4 0 0 0
Ps 6 1 3/4 1 1 0/4 2 4/6 3

So for the outlay of 50 elements, I can field eight armies including variants. By using interchangable Wb, Sp, Bd, and/or Aux elements, I could reduce the number of elements required even further.

Sub-Roman British may also be fielded with the addition of two more Auxilia elements.

For the extra outlay of a one 4Kn, a late Roman artillery element, four elements of Late Roman Blades and three of Late Roman Auxilia, both Late Roman West & Patrician Roman armies may also be fielded.

Steppe Nomad Morphs

Much the same with steppe nomads. The descriptions of Huns in Roman times vary very little to that of Tatars described during the 17th Century, i.e. a savage appearance being dressed in animal skins (sheep or goat) and armed with spear and bow. The higher ranks having better quality attire, acquired by means of either tribute or plunder. This could be any textiles, ranging from homespun to expensive silks!

So I can field the following armies using the following generic Asiatic nomad elements:

Element
(Min/Max)
Steppe Morph Alan Huns
(w/o German allies)
Early Bulgars Avar Khazar Ghuzz Magyar Pechenegs Cuman Late Bulgars
Kn 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Cav 8 0 1 2 4/8 2/6 2 2 1 1 0
LH 11 6/9 11 4 4 2/6 8/10 6 8/11 8/9 6
Sp 4 0 0 0/4 0 2 0 2 0 0 2
Bd 3 0/3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Aux 4 0 0 0/4 0/3 0 0 1 0 2 0
Bw 2 0 0 0 0 0 0/2 0 0 0 0
Ps 3 2 0 2 0/1 1 0/2 1 0/3 0/1 1
Art 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0
WW 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0/3 0 0

Ten armies and variants for the cost of 42 elements.

I'm not sure about Seljuqs, they may have a more "Middle Eastern" look, however, as they were a sub-branch of the Ghuzz at least in the early period they would look much like the rest. This army can be fielded from the above elements.

I've also a feeling that Rhoxolani, if they are equated with Sarmatians, may have used armoured horses. I have left them off the morph list, as to include them would need 12 knight elements.


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Last Updated: Sept. 25, 2000

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