Medieval Southern Indian (Tamil)

Era: Age of Chivalry   Medieval Southern Indian (Tamil) 1206 AD to end of AoC CR: H: 4 L: 3   BP: 2 Init: 4
Number Type   Description Key FV PROT Weapon Cost
4 FT   X 5(1)1 +1 Various/bows 8
2 EL Elephants X 5(3)2 +1 Various 12
1 LI     4(1)2 +1 Javelins 7
8 FT   X 5(1)1 +1 Various/bows 8
4 EL Elephants X 5(3)2 +1 Various 12
1 FT Guards* X 6(1)1 +1 Spears 8
1 HC Nobles X 4(1)0 +1 Lance 10
1 HC Mercenary** X 4(1)0 +2 Lance/bow 13
1 LC Mercenary** X 1(0)0 +1 Bows 6
2 WB Mercenary** *** X 4(1)2 +1 Various 4
2 LI     4(1)2 +1 Javelins 7
3 SI     2(1)1 +2 Bows 2
6 SI     2(1)1 +2 Javelins 2


Core: 1W

Bonus: (Max: 4 ) 3 W, 1 SH, 1 GR


Core: 96 Bonus: 189

*Guard can be Maiden Guard (to add 'colour'!)

**If any Mercenaries are bought all must be. Mercenaries are Hindus. LC (Mercenary) only count towards the extra light division requirement if Mercenaries are bought

***All WB are BP3, move 9 inches.

There are sculptural references to 4 horse chariots right up to the C16th. However I interpret these as being of an 'archaic, heroic' tradition and have therefore not included them in the list, especially as horses were very rare and expensive in tropical Southern India - not doing well in the heat and humidity. Also they are depicted being ridden by heroes and nobility. So if you really must have one in your army, why not depict your general mounted in a four horse chariot?

This is a very interesting army - the infantry are depicted fighting in massed ranks, bare-headed, in loin cloths, armed with a variety of hand arms (short broad single handed swords & spears/javelins) with small round bucklers or with a long self bow. Hair was worn long and in a knot or pony tail. All ranks wore a lot of jewelry including necklaces, bangles and anklets. All would be very dark skinned - almost dark-chocolate - with black hair. Elephants and local cavalry horses would have colourful painted decorations on them both geometric and floral.

They did very well at keeping the local Hindu princes as well as expeditionary Muslim opponents at bay.

List Author: Aetius