Bagratid Georgian

This list officially covers the Georgian armies from the establishment of independence from Armenia and unification of the petty Georgian Kingdoms by Bagrat III Kuropalates (the King of Kings) in 1008 AD until the Mongol conquests in 1245 AD that finally re-fragmented Georgia. However, with minor modification, it could be used to represent Georgian vassel armies under Armenia or the petty kingdoms who eventually expelled the Mongols. When called upon by Byzantine Emperor Basil II in 979 AD, Georgian troops crushed a rebellion challenging Imperial rule and earned one of their Kings, David I, the title Kuropalates or defender of the Palace. In a period of irresistible Muslim expansion, the Georgians were able to check the advance of the Arabs and turn back the tide of the Seljuk Turks after a series of stunning victories. After being overrun by the Mongol hordes, the Georgians were one of the few countries able to almost immediately regain their independence. The Bagratid Dynasty of Georgia was a related offshoot of the Bagratid Dynasty of Armenia. But, while the Armenian Bagratid house fell to the Byzantines in 1045 AD, the Georgian Bagratids ruled until becoming part of the Russian Empire in 1810 AD.

Era: Triumph of Cavalry 1008 to 1245 A.D. Bagratid Georgian CR: H: 3 L: 4   BP: 2 Init: 6    
Number Type Description Key FV PROT Weapon Cost
4 HC Aznauri Key 4(1)0 +1 Lance/bow 11
2 LC Retainers Key 2(0)0 +1 Various/bow 8
2 HC Wealthy Aznauri Key 5(1)0 +1 Various/bows 13
6 HC Aznauri Key 4(1)0 +1 Various/bows 11
4 LC Retainers Key 2(0)0 +1 Various/bows 8
4 FT Urban militia Key 4(1)1 +1 Various 4
2 LI Hillmen   4(1)2 +1 Javelins 7
4 SI     3(1)2 +2 Javelins 2
4 SI     2(1)1 +2 Bows 2
1 HC Armenians/Subjects/Allies* Key 4(1)0 +1 Various 10
2 LC Armenians/Subjects/Allies* Key 2(0)0 +1 Javelins 7
1 HC Turkic Nobles** Key 4(0)0 +1 Various/bows 12
2 LC Turks** Key 1(0)0 +1 Bows 6
3 FT Rus Mercenaries*** Key 5(1)1 +1 Various 7
1 HC Crusaders (d)**** Key 5(0)0 +1 Lances 11
2 FT Crusaders**** Key 5(1)1 +1 Spears 6
1 SI Crusaders****   2(1)1 +2 Crossbows 2


Core: 1 GR

Bonus: Max. 3: 2 GR, 2 SH, 1 RG


1 All Georgian HC is subject to Obligatory Charge. A Georgian Player may use only two allied/subject contingents (specially marked) in a given army.

Wealthy Anzauri represent those who prospered from trade or some of the multitude of members of the extended royal family.

*Armenians represent allies from the Armenian Kingdom or Armenians who lived inside Georgia. If any Armenians are bought, all must be bought.

**Turks represent Alans (modern Ossetians), Cumans, Azurbijanis and other Turkish people who lived in Georgia and regularly supplied contingents (especially in the face of the Seljuks). If any Turks are bought, all must be bought.

***Rus are mentioned on occasion and often took the Caucasus route to Byzantium. If any Rus are bought, all must be bought. Rus may not be used with Crusaders. Rus may form Shieldwall.

****Crusader Kingdoms were allied with Georgia against the Seljuks. If any Crusaders are bought, all must be bought. Crusader Knights are subject to Obligatory Charge. Crusaders may not be used with Rus.

Ordo Link: Another of the very early lists without a dedicated thread. There is, however, a battle report. See Bagratid Georgian.

Last Edited: 14 September 2004

List Author: Blue Duck