Estimating army strength

5 posts / 0 new
Last post
tire_ak
Patreon SupporterSinister Stone of Sakkara BackerLairs And Encounters Backer
Joined: 2015-05-27 22:24
Estimating army strength

I've just introduced a succession crisis into my campaign and suddenly find the need to figure out how strong each faction's military is.  Does anyone have a simple method to estimate the gp value of a ruler's army?  Something based solely on population would be ideal. I'd prefer to not go too deep here since this will mostly be off-screen and I can always drill down farther if the players start interacting with this.  

Apologies if this has already been answered elsewhere; I didn't find it in a quick browse.

Alex
The Autarch
Joined: 2011-06-30 18:10

Domains at War provides more detail but as a rule of thumb:

Immediately available - 2gp of troops per family in ruler's domain

Available within a month - 1gp of troops per family in ruler's realm

Available within a season - 2gp of troops per family in ruler's realm

I typically assume that armies have an average cost of 25gp per soldier and use that to calculate army size. That implies that there is a mix of low cost troops (light infantry, heavy infantry) as well as high cost troops (longbowmen, cataphracts, heavy cav).

tire_ak
Patreon SupporterSinister Stone of Sakkara BackerLairs And Encounters Backer
Joined: 2015-05-27 22:24

Perfect! Thanks for the speedy reply.

koewn
koewn's picture
Patreon SupporterDomains At War BackerSinister Stone of Sakkara BackerLairs And Encounters Backer
Joined: 2012-07-17 20:11

I'd be curious what mix you were using.

I had been previously looking at it from a matter of "units", and I'd been floating around the idea of the "average unit" being somewhere around 90-100 individuals, meaning a ~16%-25% mix of various cavalry units to various infantry units.

Various horse-heavy/horse-light cultures would have to have their average wages raised and there average unit size lowered, or vice versa.

tire_ak
Patreon SupporterSinister Stone of Sakkara BackerLairs And Encounters Backer
Joined: 2015-05-27 22:24

For nomadic horsemen I'm using half on foot (25% Light Infantry B, 25% Longbowmen B) and half mounted (20% Horse Archers, 15% Medium Cavalry, and 15% Light Cavalry A). To complicate matters the army as a whole is 75% regular and 25% veteran, but let's ignore the veterans.  The average wage of the foot soldiers is 12 gp, and the average for the cavalry is 40.5 gp, overall average of 29.25 gp per soldier.

The imperial army is 80% foot (10% Light Infantry A, 40% Heavy Infantry A, 20% Veteran Heavy Infantry A, 10% Longbowmen B), and 20% mounted (10% Medium Cavalry, 10% Veteran Cataphracts).  Here the foot soldiers average 15 gp, mounted averages  70.17, and the overall average is $26.03 per soldier. I suspect that the veterans are skewing this a bit.