Armies of Ricimer 456 to 472 AD

As Magister Militum from 456 to 472 and Patrician from 457, Ricimer was the most pivotal imperial figure in the Western Empire during its final years. He was an Arian of mixed barbarian blood with a Suebian father and a Visigoth mother (who was a daughter of King Wallia of the Visigoths). He was also closely connected to the Burgundians being brother-in-law to Gundioc, King of the Burgundians, and uncle to Gundobad (Gundiocís son) who was successor to both the Burgundian throne and to Ricimer.

In 456 Ricimer defeated the Vandals at sea near Corsica and also on land near Agrigentum in Sicily. Backed by the popularity thus acquired Ricimer deposed the emperor Avitus and then spent the rest of his life as the de facto ruler of what was left of the western empire by setting up figurehead emperors, Majorian and Severus, and ruling through them. He opposed the eastern sponsored emperor, Anthemius, and effectively ruled Northern Italy from Milan before killing Anthemius after a successful blockade and battle at Rome. He then raised another puppet to the purple in the form of Olybrius, but died two months later.

Era: Triumph of Cavalry   Armies of Ricimer 456 to 472 AD CR: H: 4 L: 4   BP: 2 Init: 5
Core
Number Type   Description Key FV PROT Weapon Cost
1 HC(d!) Bucellarii* Key 5(1)0 +2 Lance/bow 15
1 HC(d!) Bucellarii Key 5(1)0 +2 Lance 12
1 HC(d!) Bucellarii Key 4(1)0 +1 Lance 10
1 HC(d!) Suebi Comites Key 5(1)0 +1 Lance 11
1 HC(d!) Equites Palatina Key 4(0)0 +1 Various 10
1 LC Illyricani Key 2(0)0 +1 Javelins 7
1 LI Auxilia   3(1)2 +1 Javelins 5
Bonus:
O   NORTHERN ELEMENTS OF THE ARMY OF ITALY          
1 HC(d!) Equites Palatina Key 4(0)0 +1 Various 10
1 LC Guard Illyricani Key 3(1)0 +1 Javelins 9
3 LHI Auxilia Palatina** Key 4(1)2 +1 Javelins 7
1 LI Auxilia   3(1)1 +1 Bows 6
1 SI Auxilia   3(1)2 +2 Javelins 2
O   SUEBI FOEDERATI          
1 HC(d!) Optimates Key 5(1)0 +1 Lances 11
1 HC(d!) Retainers Key 4(0)0 +1 Spears 10
4 FT Warriors*** Key 5(1)1 +1 Spears 6
2 SI Youth   3(1)2 +2 Javelins 2
O   ALANI/SARMATIAN          
1 HC Riders Key 5(1)0 +1 Lances 11
2 LC   Key 2(0)0 +1 Various/bows**** 8
2 LC   Key 2(0)0 +1 Various/bows**** 7
O   OSTROGOTHIC MERCENARIES          
1 HC(d!) Saiones Key 5(1)0 +1 Lances 11
2 FT Ostrogoth Warriors Key 5(1)1 +1 Spear/bow 8
1 SI Youth   2(1)1 +2 Bows 2
O   HUN MERCENARIES          
2 LC Huns Key 2(0)0 +1 Various/bows 8
2 LC Huns Key 1(0)0 +1 Bows 6
O   SCIRI/HERUL FOEDERATI          
1 HC(d!) Herul Key 5(1)0 +1 Lances 11
2 FT Sciri Key 5(1)1 +1 Spear/bow 8
2 LHI Herul***** Key 4(1)2 +1 Javelins 7
1 SI Youth   2(1)1 +2 Bows 2
O   BURGUNDIAN ALLIES          
1 HC(d!) Burgundian Nobles Key 5(0)0 +1 Lances 11
2 FT Warriors Key 5(1)1 +1 Spears 6
1 SI Youth   2(1)1 +2 Bows 2

Terrain:

Core: 1 GR

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

Notes:

Core: 95 or 93 Bonus: 257/249

All FV5 HC are Obligatory Chargers unless they carry bows.

*Only 1 Line may be chosen. There is some debate as to whether this cavalry had bows. Therefore a choice is provided.

**Up to 4 FT may be substituted. These may be either:

FT K 6(1)1 +1 Spears/bows at 10 pts. (legios palatina) or

FT K 5(1)1 +1 Spears/bows at 8 pts (legios comitatenses)

You may mix and match the units in this line.

*** up to 2 FT may be substituted. These may be:

FT K 5(1)1 +1 Spears/bows at 8 pts (legios comitatenses)

****Only 1 Line may be chosen. There is some debate as to whether this cavalry had bows. Therefore a choice is provided.

***** up to 2 FT may be substituted. These may be:

FT K 6(1)1 +1 Spears at 8 pts

Light troops from any package only count against the requirement for purchasing all light troops in order to acquire an extra light division if any troops from that package are purchased.

The Guard LC is meant to represent the Scola Scutariorum Prima, or a unit of its ilk.

For Historical armies the following restrictions of troop types should be used:

456 to 461 AoNI, Suebi, Alan/Sarmatian,

462 to 469 AoNI, Suebi, Alan/Sarmatian, Hun,

Ostrogoth

470 to 472 AoNI, Suebi, Alan/Sarmatian, Hun, Ostrogoth, Scirii/Herul, Burgundian

List Author: O Cahan