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by Andreas Johansson
Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:13 am
Forum: Army List Discussions
Topic: Meshwesh minor errors and typos
Replies: 122
Views: 20347

Re: Meshwesh minor errors and typos

Is the Syrian Caliphate of Baghdad list "Syrian" in any sense beyond being included in the DBX Syrian list? Might be called "Revived" or "Later" instead.
by Andreas Johansson
Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:10 am
Forum: Army List Discussions
Topic: Meshwesh Keywords and Search Terms
Replies: 30
Views: 6569

Re: Meshwesh Keywords and Search Terms

If you do W-G, do include the apostrophes at least (if I search for chin , I want to find Jin, not Qin). It would perhaps also be worthwhile to include a few weirdo transliterations from the WRG lists. I have no idea what transliterations turns pinyin Jin into "Tsin" in the Spring and Autumn list an...
by Andreas Johansson
Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:51 am
Forum: Army List Discussions
Topic: Tibetan
Replies: 20
Views: 3882

Re: Tibetan

Which rephrases like this: in a wargame forum, all technological changes in history are interpreted in light of their effectiveness in even-strength battles against historical opponents. Not sure this would be a terribly good example - in a straight up fight, lightening armour is not an obvious imp...
by Andreas Johansson
Tue Jan 10, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Army List Discussions
Topic: Early Achaemenid cavalry
Replies: 14
Views: 3110

Re: Early Achaemenid cavalry

David Kuijt wrote:
Andreas Johansson wrote: ETA: Persian nobles as mounted archers also fits with the whole "to ride, to draw the bow, and to speak the truth" thing.
I thought that was a Sassanian saying?
It's in Herodotus (I:136).

Whether it was still current in Sassanid times I do not know.
by Andreas Johansson
Tue Jan 10, 2017 5:42 am
Forum: Army List Discussions
Topic: Tibetan
Replies: 20
Views: 3882

Re: Tibetan

Thanks Andreas - excellent to read your thoughts here. Thanks :) Another thought about the Tibetans: The rise of the Tibetan Empire is approximately contemporary with the shift in Chinese armies from the cataphracts of the Northern Dynasties to the lighter cavalry of the Tang (Cataphracts to Elite ...
by Andreas Johansson
Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: Army List Discussions
Topic: Tibetan
Replies: 20
Views: 3882

Re: Tibetan

I don't think that's a fair comparison. The Avars might have been your standard steppe horde, but the Tibetans certainly weren't. At least in later days, their cavalry consisted of noble landowners and their followers - a system perfectly capable of raising all-heavy cavalry in Europe. Also, note th...
by Andreas Johansson
Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Army List Discussions
Topic: Early Achaemenid cavalry
Replies: 14
Views: 3110

Re: Early Achaemenid cavalry

Now at home and at liberty to check my books ... Duncan says there is one possible example of a depiction of a shielded Persian cavalryman, from Yeniceköy, but he feels the vaguely depicted object may be more likely a part of his clothing. More significantly, the equipment list of a Babylonian troop...
by Andreas Johansson
Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Army List Discussions
Topic: Meshwesh Keywords and Search Terms
Replies: 30
Views: 6569

Re: Meshwesh Keywords and Search Terms

"Sicilian" ought find the Siculo-Norman lists.
by Andreas Johansson
Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Army List Discussions
Topic: Early Achaemenid cavalry
Replies: 14
Views: 3110

Re: Early Achaemenid cavalry

The place to look for cheaper copies is http://www.bookfinder.com but currently they don't have a copy for much less than $100. I know that shielded horsemen would be unusual for the time, and taken at face value Herodotus is saying they have the same shields as the infantry - are we to imagine cava...
by Andreas Johansson
Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Army List Discussions
Topic: Tibetan
Replies: 20
Views: 3882

Re: Tibetan

Regarding cataphracts, this paper is really about the Tibetan army of the 18-20th centuries, but it has a few words to say in passing about earlier days. In particular, it says that cataphract armour was abandoned (for practical military use as opposed to religious pageantry) in the 17th century, du...