The Heruls were the bad boys of the Eastern Germanic tribes. Roman authors tell us that they had filthy customs, fought naked, wore little armor, etc. For a while, the Heruls dominated the steppe until badly defeated by the Lombards. The Heruls ended up in Byzantine service being a particular favorite of Narses. New warriors fought without shields until they killed an enemy.

Era: Triumph of Cavalry Heruls
2d to 6th Centuries A.D.
CR: H: 3 L: 4   BP: 2 Init: 5    
Number Type Description Key FV PROT Weapon Cost
2 HC(d!) Nobles X 5(1)0 +1 Spears 22
5 LHI Footnote 1 X 4(1)2 +1 Javelins 35
2 SI     3(1)2 +2 Javelins 4
2 HC(d!) Nobles X 5(1)0 +1 Spears 11
10 LHI Footnote 1 X 4(1)2 +1 Javelins 7
3 LI Slaves and youths   3(1)2 +1 Javelins 5
4 SI     2(1)0 +2 Bows 2


Core: 1 RG

Bonus: Max. 3: 2 GR, 3 RG, 2 W


It appears that LHI are a reasonable way to represent the Heruls who were famous as light armed troops. It does not appear that Heruls evaded. They went at it with super confidence. Moreover, LHI gives them a difference versus the other German lists.

Footnote 1: LHI may be replaced by an equivalent number of BP 3, move 9 WB with a FV of 5(1)3 and a Protection of +1 for 6 points. For every two Core LHI unit converted to WB, add one SI with an FV 3(1)2 and a Protection of +2 to the Core units at no additional cost.

Ordo Link: There is no single thread dedicated to the Heruls. We suggest starting with the Late Roman Armies in the West thread. A search using the Ordo Search function will also lead to other (possibly) useful threads.

Last Edited: 23 February 2007

List Author: Aligern