Central Asian Turk (early)

This list represents the early Central Asian Turkish armies that fought each other, the Sui and T'ang Chinese, Tibetans, Silk Road States and Central Asian Arab armies between the 6th and 9th Centuries.

It covers the early armies of the following tribes:

Mo-ho

Early T'u-chueh (Eastern Turks)

Sha-T'o

Early Avar

Early Seljuks

This list encompasses the following Geographical Boundaries:

Lake Balkhash in north west; Herat/Samarqand in west; Tibetan plateau in south - main Chinese Yellow River border in east

From this list it is possible to develop the type of army that did the large-scale raids deep into Chinese territory. The T'ang found the best (possibly only) way to deal with it was to ambush it on it's return journey when it was laden down with spoil & slaves! This was similar to Byzantine tactics in Armenia & Spanish Christian tactics in Andalusia against large scale Arab or Moorish raids.

Era: Triumph of Cavalry   Central Asian Turk (early) CR: H: 1 L: 6   BP: 2 Init: 7
Core
Number Type   Description Key FV PROT Weapon Cost
1 LC Nobles X 3[0]0 +1 Lance/bows 10
5 LC   X 2[0]0 +1 Various/bows 8
2 LC   X 1[0]0 +1 Bows etc 6
Bonus:
1 LC Nobles X 3[0]0 +1 Lance/bows  
8 LC   X 2[0]0 +1 Various/bows 8
6 LC   X 1[0]0 +1 Bows etc 6
1 HC Nobles X 4[0]0 +1 Lance/bows 12

Terrain:

Core: 1 GR

Bonus: (Max: 2 ) 2 GR; 1 SH

Notes:

Core: 98 Bonus: 112

My view is that at this early stage in their development most Central Asian Turkish armies were 100% LC. With the more armoured and higher ÚČín troops being represented by the LC FV3.

Some noble cavalry may have fought in closer formation and so an option to field a bonus unit of HC is included.

Ordo Link: Central Asian Turks

Last Edited: 28 March 2006

List Author: Aetius