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Historical Overview Section
Granda was the last remaining enclave of the Moslem Conquest in Spain, ruled from 1228 by the Nasrid Dynasty. With the Reconquista in full swing after the conquest of Cordoba in 1236, the Nasrids aligned themselves with Ferdinand III of Castile, officially becoming a tributary state in 1238. The state officially became the Kingdom of Granada in 1238 and Granada was held as a vassal to Castile for many decades, and provided trade links with the Muslim world, particularly the gold trade with the sub-saharan areas south of Africa. The Nasrids also provided troops for Castile while the kingdom was also a source of mercenary fighters from North Africa. On January 2, 1492, the last Muslim leader, Muhammad XII, known as Boabdil to the Spanish, surrendered complete control of Granada, to Ferdinand and Isabella, Los Reyes CatÃ³licos ("The Catholic Monarchs"), after the city was besieged.
User-contributed links about this army:
- Wikipedia on the Reconquista
- Painting Guide for both sides in the Reconquista
- Video Battle Report Late Granadine vs Santa Nueva hermendad castilian
- Granadine (Tom Brake) DBA Figure Gallery for this army - from Fanaticus
- Granadines DBA Figure Gallery for this army - from Fanaticus
- Granadine DBA Figure Gallery for this army - from Fanaticus
- Rylands Apocalypse by Beatus of LiÃ©bana, Spain, c.1175
- Las Huelgas Apocalypse by Beatus of LiÃ©bana, Spain, 1220
- A drawing of a Jewish archer by Ian Heath based on Las Huelgas Apocalypse
- A North African al-Sufi manuscript - Vatican Ms. Ross. 1033, 1224AD
- Illustrations of Andalusians from the story of Bayad and Riyad, 13th century
- Spanish, Granadine & Moroccan Soldiers of the 13th Century in Las Cantigas de Santa Maria
- 13th century Spanish & Moorish Soldiers in the frescos of The Conquest of Mallorca
- Ceiling panel with a fight between a Christian knight and a Muslim, Spain, c.1300
Using the army in FoG
- Not really one of the greatest armies in FoG, with few really decent troop types in it.
- The 4 Christian knights and 8 Arab lancers look to be almost mandatory, and arguably 2x6 spearmen too, although it may be cheaper to take them as Poor and support them with a unit of crossbowmen.
- Handgunners and slingers in 4's or 6's also help boost the army size too
- In Storm of Arrows themed competitions most other armies havenÂ´t got many skirmishers so you can take loads of LH and LF and shoot often at troops who can't catch you.
- It is hard to see a meaningful role for large numbers of MF crossbowmen in any army, although a few 8's will work wonders to support your light horse especially on a flank where decent foot will be rare. Taking lots of LF with crossbow may be better, and either type will scare most mounted.
- 4 Knights and 8 lancer cavalry is almost a half decent strike force, especially if the rest of the army has so many skirmish units it can't be broken.
- BGs of 6 LH may be the best way to get bang for buck from these sub-optimum troops.
- A deployment that alternates Knights/Lancers and Crossbows may not be a bad choice against enemy LH/Cv. It lets you deploy knights with some ranks in reserve with the gaps filled with Xbows to help chase away (or at least make life challenging) skirmishing enemy
15mm Manufacturers supplying "arab-type" figures maybe suitable for this army
You can see some of the figures in the Ancients Photo Gallery also on this site.
- Essex Miniatures - many generic Arabs, possibly too generic for todays tastes in their Ancients selection, plus a newer 50-strong Arab range of more tailored figures in their Crusades ranges that may be more suitable
- Donnington - 35+ arabs
- Museum Miniatures - several nice Arab/Persian/Turkish ranges, often using the same figures in each!
- Gladiator Miniatures by Fighting 15's (Previously Black Hat) 33-strong Crusades Moslems Range
- Old Glory 15's, several Arab Ranges
- Minifigs Venerable Crusader range with Arabs
- Irregular Miniatures 39 Arab & Turk figures from a generic range
- Lancashire Games - Several large "value" packs of Arab troops
- LKM Direct - Freikorps ranges have Medieval Turks
- Tin Soldier 16 Arabs in one range
- Outpost Wargame Services A specialist in this period/region, 30+ Crusade-period Islamics
- East Riding Miniatures Some berbers in a small El Cid Range may be suitable
- Khurasan Miniatures again a specialist period for Khurasan, with several Persian/eastern ranges
- Viking Forge several Arab & Turkish ranges
- Falcon Figures Ottoman range
- Battle Line Miniatures 27 Generic Arabs
- Eureka - Australian Site Grumpys Miniatures Perian & Afghan Ranges are quite fun
- 50 Paces.com their website shows an "Arab" range, but no figure codes listed. The range is sold in Europe (with pictures and figure codes) by Strategia e Tattica
- Camelot Games Italian-based supplier
- Legio Heroica 22 Crusades-era Arabs
Sample army lists for this army
Later Granadine 800 AP
- 4x TC
- 3x 8 LF/Average/Undrilled/Unprotected/Crossbow
- 1x 6 LF/Average/Undrilled/Unprotected/Crossbow
- 1x 4 LF/Average/Drilled/Unprotected/Firearm
- 3x 6 LH/Average/Drilled/Unprotected/LSP
- 2x 4 MF/Average/Drilled/Protected/Bow
- 2x 6 HF/Average/Drilled/Protected/Defensive Spearmen
- 2x 4 Cv/Superior/Drilled/Armoured/Lancers/Swordmen
- 1x 4 Kn/Superior/Undrilled/H.Armoured/Lancers/Swordmen
Remember to leave a line before you copy the above section as a template for your own list