Ancient British Tribal Army 400 BC to 80 AD

Consultation of Caesar's Gallic War indicates that the British armies initially fought a disastrous pitched battle with the Romans and afterwards relied on the chariot mounted warriors and cavalry to prosecute the war. During the second invasion, all the tribal Militia were sent home by their leader. The British were reputed to have relied on 4,000 chariots for continued resistance, which is double the amount of cavalry in the Roman army

This list is designed to match this historic information by providing the Warrior army, while giving the British General a opportunity to attempt to overwhelm the enemy by calling out massed militia forces (a Potential Army Break Point of 11).

Caesar comments on the large numbers of ordinary British people.

The perfect army for the general who wants bloody battles.

Era: Age of Empires   Ancient British Tribal Army 400 BC to 80 AD CR: H: 4 L: 4   BP: 2 Init: 4
Number Type   Description Key FV PROT Weapon Cost
3 MCh Nobility/Champions K 4[1]0 1 Various 10
3 LC Followers See notes*2[0]0 1 Javelins 7
2 SI Slingers   3[1]2 2 Slings 2
1 SI Striplings   3[1]2 2 Javelins 2
4 MCh Nobility/Champions K 4[0]0 1 Various 10
18 WB Tribal Militia K 4[1]2 1 Various 4
4 LC Light cavalry K See Notes** 2[0]0 1 Javelins 7
4 SI Slingers   3[1]2 2 Slings 2
6 SI Javelins   3[1]2 2 Javelins 2


Core: 1W

Bonus: (Max: 5 ) 5GR; 3SH; 2W


Core: 93 Bonus: 160

*If no Tribal Militia are used then the three LC units in the Core list become Key units in conformity with the status of the LC units in the Bonus selections. If Tribal Militia are purchased, the Core LC remains non-Key and one may not purchase the LC from the Bonus selections.

** May only be bought if no Tribal Militia are used.

WB are BP 3, move 9 inches. One-half (rounded down) of bonus WBs to a maximum of six units may be deployed in the flank zone, so long as at least six or more units of this type are fielded.

Slingers may not act as support for chariots or Light cavalry.

Although the responsibility for any flaws in the initial list is mine, this list has benefited immensely from the work and ideas of Vincent Auger thus deserving the double credit.


Ordo Link: Ancient British Tribal

Last Edited: 10 April 2007 in order to clarify bonus Warband Flank deployments.

List Author: Luxor and Vincent Auger