First Burgundian Kingdom 411 to 436 AD

Having emerged from the Vistula region, via the Brandenberg-Berlin area, the Burgundians entered the Roman Empire alongside the Alans, Vandals and Suevi in 406 AD.

Era: Triumph of Cavalry   First Burgundian Kingdom 411 to 436 AD CR: H: 5 L: 3   BP: 2 Init: 5
Number Type   Description Key FV PROT Weapon Cost
1 HC(d!) Burgundian Key 5(0)0 +1 Lances 11
1 HC(d!) Burgundian Key 4(0)0 +1 Spears 10
4 WB* Burgundian** Key 5(1)3 +1 Various 8
2 SI Burgundian   2(1)1 +2 Bows 2
1 HC(d!) Burgundian Key 5(0)0 +1 Lance 11
4 HC(d!) Burgundian Key 4(0)0 +1 Spears 10
8 WB** Burgundian Key 5(1)3 +1 Various 8
2 LI Laeti/Limitanei   3(1)2 +1 Javelins 5
1 SI Burgundians   2(1)1 +2 Bows 2
4 SI Burgundians   3(1)2 +2 Javelins 2
3 SI Burgundians   3(1)2 +2 Slings 2


Core: 1 GR

Bonus: (Max: 3 ) 2 GR, 1 SH, 2 W, 2 RG


Core: 96 Bonus: 141

*Core Warband may form deep.

**All Warband are BP 4, move 6 inches.

In 411 the Burgundian King Gundigar, in alliance with the Alans, set up the Gallic puppet emperor Jovinus and carved out a kingdom on the left bank of the Rhine between the river Lauter and the Nahe; taking control of Worms, Speier and Strasbourg. This land was later Ďgrantedí to them by the Emperor Honorius as part of a truce.

In 435/6, in an attempt to restore rule in Northern Gaul, AŽtius was campaigning against the Bagaudae (local leaders without official sanction) and continued his campaigning against the Burgundians, who were attempting to expand their influence.

There were two attacks on the Burgundians, one in 435 and one in 436. The first may have been made by AŽtius with Hun allies and the second solely by Huns from the Barbaricum (and thus possibly under Attila) providing some basis for the story first recorded by Paul the Deacon that Attila slew the Burgundian king Gundigar along with 20,000 Burgundians (and which later became the basis for the whole Nibelungen Saga).

LI Laeti/ Limitanei are representative of remnants of the Army of Gaul that once occupied the Rhine Forts; likely to be local warlord controlled and absorbed by the Burgundians (there is some evidence that some of the Rhine forts were still occupied e.g. Alzey, in the early to mid C5th).

Sources: Ammianus, Jordanes, Prosper

List Author: O Cahan