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Charaina12 Jan 2019 6:28 p.m. PST

What kinds of troop types are discussed/illustrated in the Imjin War supplement for Killer Katanas – Hideyoshi's Korean Invasion?

Lion in the Stars12 Jan 2019 11:06 p.m. PST

One moment, let me dig out that book…


Very first Korean organization was primarily bow-armed, with a mix of other weapons.

After 1593, this shifted to (theoretically) an even mix of guns, bows, and blades. However, Brian gives an example battalion (sa) of 36 squads that should have had 12 of each, but instead had 8 squads of guns, 5 squads of blades, and 23 squads of bows. But lots of cavalry, up to 50% of the entire army could be cavalry.

If you get to the final details, 1592-93:
* Cavalry (28-50%): All armed with bows. 40% also armed with Cavalry Lance, 15% flail, 45% sword, mace, or glaive. 60% armored with brigandine (medium armor), rest unarmored.

* Infanty (50-72%): ~20% bow, ~20% with handguns, ~20% Long Spear, 40% other weapons. Normally unarmored, but up to 10-20% might have light armor. The regular army, central standing forces, or O wi were more likely to be armored.

Cavalry were almost entirely destroyed by March 1593, games after that date would have maybe 10% cavalry.

From late 1593-97:
* Cavalry (max of 10%): All armed with bows. 40% also armed with Cavalry Lance, 15% flail, 45% sword, mace, or glaive. 60% armored with brigandine (medium armor), rest unarmored.

*Infantry (90+%): In theory 33% bows, 33% guns, and 33% melee weapons (20% long spear, 80% other melee). This can vary quite a bit. Normally unarmored, but up to 10-20% might have light armor. The regular army, central standing forces, or O wi were more likely to be armored. Elite troops would be better armored, even brigandine.

Guns before 1594 would tend to be the really crappy fire lances, range of an arquebus but take 4 cards to reload.

OK, Chinese troops.
* Cavalry (32-40%): 55% armed with a bow (and up to 40% of those can instead have a fire lance), 8% armed with a cavalry lance, 27% with the other basic melee weapons. Northern cavalry is up to 25% in heavy armor, remainder in medium armor. Southern cavalry was up to 10% medium or heavy armor, remainder in light armor.

* Infantry (60-68%): ~30% armed with a bow or crossbow (33% of these can have a repeating crossbow, and up to 45% can have fire lances), 0-5% arquebus, 35-40% can have a Long Spear or halberd, 30% with the other basic melee weapons. Northern foot troops were 20% heavy armor and remainder in medium. Southern foot troops were in light armor. Most firearms troops carried mantlets, while up to 33% of the basic melee weapon troops carried a shield. Shields or mantlets increase armor by one level (light to medium), and mantlets provide cover against ranged attacks.

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