As it is right now there is an entry for 0-2 Warwagons, with the text entry "Plaustrella man-pushed spiked wagons".
Searching on the web, it seems the Plaustrella concept is based upon a single battle of 1169 where some dude from Milan (who is actually named in the primary source, but I forget the name right now) is credited with building them, there were up to 100 of them, and they were used against Frederick Barbarossa (the Holy Roman Emperor).
First off, shielded wagons and carts with fixed-mounted spikes and blades is not war wagons. Man-pushed tools like that could engage (come into contact with) enemy troops; WWg cannot. Man-pushed tools like that have no missile fire; WWg do.
Second, if this happened exactly once in a specific battle with a specific inventor, and were never used again, then we should likely limit their use to Milan in 1169.
Third, it seems like this is something that should better be represented as a Battle Card, rather than as a stand of war wagons. Perhaps something like this:
- Plaustrella man-pushed spiked wagons:
- May be purchased for 0-2 stands of Heavy Foot. Changes the basing to 2 MU square to distinguish the stands from other Heavy Foot.
- Stands for whom plaustrella are purchased have a movement rate of 2 MU rather than their normal 3 MU
- They fight at +2 versus mounted (+5 total, rather than +3). Combat results are otherwise normal
- Cost: something like 2 pts each? Possibly 1 pt each, although in a world where Knights are the dominant arm (i.e., in their historical environment) 2 pts seems better. Maybe 1.5 points each (round up)?
SO, some questions.
Is anyone aware of any other historical use of plaustrella by the Communal Italians? To be specific, is it appropriate for armies other than Milan in 1169 to use them.
Does anyone know of any other similar artifacts used by other cultures? IIRC, there is some reference to a device like this in an Indian army at some point?