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martin goddard

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Period groupings for Ancients
« on: July 27, 2017, 05:38:12 PM »
This is always a big area for discussion.
So here is the question. If the ancients period were defined as Ancient Egyptians up to the fall of Rome (for instance). Can you opine about the 5 major subdivisions within which the fighting methods are compatible. By juts have 5 (or so) groupings there would not be any place for Aztecs, samurai etc???
I have started this discussion as WRG defined the ancient period as 3000BC to 1485 AD and this has influenced all other ancients sets(??).
Bearing in mind that some folk have split WW2 into many rule books. But does generalisations increase with time passed.

As Ptolemy once said "No way am i fighting against those Goth hordes".

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Re: Period groupings for Ancients
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2017, 09:01:21 PM »
Here's a starter (well actually just four) for ten for those magical five groupings of generic fighting method groupings :

a) chariot wars: the elite rush around in a mule- / horse-drawn buggy throwing pointy things at each other, while hoi poloi cower behind their big shields and try not to get in the way
b) hoplite wars: the infantry is king - turns into a long slogging match between armoured  infantry with big shields and long sticks, with cavalry, light and missile troops as something of a side-show. Probably not that different from the much later Dark Age shieldwall style of fighting, but with the occasional elephant
c) organised Roman types vs. hordes of hairy barbarians, whether on horseback or not, who are equally happy fighting against each other
d) armoured knights in a combined force typically featuring spearmen and archers