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MING CHINESE        

MING CHINESE

Historical Overview

The Ming focused on building up a powerful standing army that could drive off attacks by foreign barbarians. Beginning in the 14th century, the Ming armies drove out the Mongols and expanded China's territories to include Yunnan, Mongolia, Tibet, much of Xinjiang and Vietnam. The Ming also engaged in Overseas expeditions which included one violent conflict in Sri Lanka. Ming armies incorporated gunpowder weapons into their military force, speeding up a development that had been prevalent since the Song.

Ming military institutions were largely responsible for the success of Ming's armies. The early Ming's military was organized by the Wei-suo system, which split the army up into numerous "Wei" or commands throughout the Ming frontiers. Each wei was to be self-sufficient in agriculture, with the troops stationed there farming as well as training.50 This system also forced soldiers to serve hereditarily in the army; although effective in initially taking control of the empire, this military system proved non-viable in the long run and collapsed in the 1430s, with Ming reverted to a professional volunteer army similar to Tang, Song and Later Han.
Throughout most of the Ming's history, the Ming armies were successful in defeating foreign powers such as the Mongols and Japanese and expanding China's influence. However, with the little Ice Age in the 17th century, the Ming Dynasty was faced with a disastrous famine and its military forces disintegrated as a result of the famines spurring from this event

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You are probably picking a combination of Later Tang Chinese, Ming Chinese and Song ranges for this army
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900 AP list used at Usk 2014
  • 6 Bw/Lt Spear Poor
  • 6 X-Bw/Lt Sp Poor
  • 6 Bw/Lts Sp + Gun
  • 6 Bw/Lts Sp + Gun
  • 6 Arquebus/Lt Spear Poor
  • 6 Bw/Lts Sp + Gun
  • 6 Bw LF
  • 6 X-Bw/Lts Sp + Gun
  • 6 X-Bw/Lts Sp + Gun
  • 6 X-Bw/Lts Sp + Gun
  • 2 Light Guns
  • 2 Light Guns
  • 6 MF Hvy Weapon
  • 6 MF Hvy Weapon
  • 6 MF Hvy Weapon
  • 4 LH, Bw/Sw
  • 4 LH, Bw/Sw
  • 4 Cv, Unarmoured, Bw/Sw
  • 6 MF Hvy Weapon
  • 6 MF Hvy Weapon
  • 2 Heavy Guns
  • 2 Heavy Guns
  • 2 Heavy Guns
(23 units!!)



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Created by admin. Last Modification: Sunday 19 of January, 2014 20:09:22 GMT by admin. (Version 2)

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