Later Shahid Indian (circa 1000 A.D.)

This is the army of Jayapala, Anandapala, and Trilochanapala which waged war for some time against Mahmud of Ghazni. Although Indian armies had enjoyed some success against Muslim armies that were based on horse archery, this army was fairly consistently defeated by the horse armies despite enjoying a significant numerical advantage. Indian military theorists attribute its defeat to a retreat into almost Vedic style warfare and adopting formalized tactics which abandoned open field maneuver for rigid combined arms units that were only capable of limited battlefield movement. Nonetheless, there were a goodly number of very interesting All-India battles waged in a structured, almost chivalric manner.

Era: Triumph of Cavalry   Later Shahid Indian (circa 1000 A.D.) CR: H: 4 L: 3   BP: 2 Init: 4
Number Type   Description Key FV PROT Weapon Cost
2 HC Indian X 3(0)0 +1 Various 8
2 EL Indian Elephants X 5(3)2 +1 Various 12
2 FT Indian Infantry X 5(1)1 +1 Various/bows 8
2 SI Indian   2(1)1 +2 Bows 2
2 SI Indian   3(1)2 +2 Javelins 2
3 HC Indian X 3(0)0 +1 Various 8
3 EL Indian Elephants X 5(3)2 +1 Various 12
3 FT Indian Infantry X 5(1)1 +1 Various/bows 8
4 FT Indian Infantry X 5(1)1 +1 Various 6
3 WB* Khokars X 5(1)3 +1 Spears/swords 6
6 SI Indians   2(1)1 +2 Bows 2
6 SI Indians   3(1)2 +2 Javelins 2


Core: 1 GR

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


*Khokars are BP3, move 9 inches WB. Khokars may not be in a division with other troops. They are described as bareheaded, barefooted but armored with chain armor painted yellow, swords in white scabbards, and spears that are painted blue. 30,000 Khokars broke formation under archery at the battle of the Kabul River near Waihind in 1008 A.D. Their charge nearly broke the Ghaznavid army by penetrating both flanks killing 5000 cavalry before the Ghaznavid ghulam guards attacked them in rear bringing the charge to a stand still. Both sides would have been happy with a draw at this time but Anandapala's command elephant took fright from naptha balls and fled. On seeing this, the entire Shahid army fled under the mistaken belief that Anandapala was voluntarily fleeing the field leading to the usual slaughter in pursuit.

Indian SI with bows can't outnumber Indian SI with javelins by more than one unit and vice versa.

OPTIONAL RULE: As Indian SI historically fought in mixed formations with both cavalry and elephants, Indian SI armed with javelins can support both cavalry and elephants. This is an optional rule that may only be used in non-tournament play with your opponent's consent. This is an optional rule for theb reason that Section 7.8.5 on page 22 of the Rules only permits SI to provide support to mounted in the Antiquity and Age of Empires eras. This rule may not be used in tournament play.

The ratio of cavalry to elephants to FT may not exceed 1 to 1 to 1 rounding all fractions down. If one desires to recreate the historical organization, the brigade consisted of 45 elephants, 225 mounted sowars, 675 pattiyodhas (archers), and 675 padagopas (spearmen) organized into a single tactical formation. I would simulate that by 1 cavalry unit, 1 elephant unit, and 1 Indian foot unit in a single division.

Approximately 50% of the army was intended to be kept in reserve. In practical terms, the reserve was intended to cover retreats and infrequently was committed to battle as a result of its perceived tactical role and the usual lack of effective pursuit.

This army may also face opponents in the Age of Chivalry.

List Author: Subodai Bahadur