Mitanni

Mitanni

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Historical Overview Section

1595BC-1250BC
Mitanni (or Hanigalbat, for those of you who speak fluent Assyrian) was located in northern Syria and south-east Anatolia from ca. 1500 BC–1300 BC. Mitanni came to be a regional power after the Hittite Empires destruction of Kassite Babylon created a power vacuum in Mesopotamia. At the beginning of its history, Mitanni's major rival were the Old or Middle Kingdom Egyptians under the Thutmosids, but with the ascent of the Hittite Empire, Mitanni and Egypt made an alliance to protect their mutual interests from the threat of Hittite domination.

During the early 14th century BC the relationship was very amicable, and a Mitanni royal daughter even went to the Old or Middle Kingdom Egyptian capital for a marriage with Pharaoh Amenhotep III. Mitanni was now at its peak of power. King Ashur-Uballit I of Assyria freed Assyria from Mittani domination in the middle of the 14th Century BC, leading to a war of succession which weakened the state considerably and both the Hittite Empire and Assyrian threat increased. At the same time, the diplomatic relationship with Egypt went cold. The Hittite Empire invaded the Mitanni vassal states in northern Syria and replaced them with loyal subjects. This triggered a new power struggle in which the Hittite Empire and the Middle or Early Neo-Assyrians supported different pretenders to the throne. Finally a Hittite Empire army conquered the capital and installed a vassal king in the late 14th century BC. The kingdom had by now been reduced to the Khabur river valley. The Assyrians had not given up their claim on Mitanni, and Shalmaneser I in the 13th century BC annexed the kingdom.

Using the army in FoG

  • You'd probably be on the right line by buying loads of chariots
  • Being drilled for the foot is not that usual in period, so might be wrth trying to capitalise on
  • 24 LF with bow is also quite handy - out of a fairly poor bunch
  • If you play FoG 2.0 use the maximum of mixed BG LightSpear/Swordsman + Bow in the rear line

Tournament Results with this army

Have a look for them on the Official FoG Database entry for Mitanni on the FoG site

User-contributed links about this army:

Allies

  • Early Nomad - more protected undrilled infantry, and a handful of bowmen. Uninspiring in the extreme
  • Syro-Canaanite? - even more chariots, and some undriled foot who at least can be fielded as LF instead of MF if you want
  • Hittite Empire - Mmmm... 4-8 Heavy Chariots after 1275, plus a handful of foot for padding. Almost good enough to make you want a Hittite Empire army instead...

Painting and Collecting the Army

  • Paint schemes, insignia, shield designs? Put it here.

15mm Manufacturers supplying figures for this army

  • Essex Miniatures Surely their biblical ranges have something. Maryannu Chariots maybe? they claim to have a ready made army.
  • Black Hat (Gladiator Games) Some specific Mitanni - even a ready made army pack (big seller I doubt...)
  • Magister Militum (includes former Chariot ranges) Again they have a ready made army waiting unloved and unwanted on a shelf somewhere


Army Lists

Sample army lists for this army
800pt. Mitanni/ Date

  • 6 Lf Undrilled Unarmoured Poor Bowen
  • 2 BG of 6 Lf Undrilled Unprotected Average Javeline Light Spear
  • 5 Bg of 8 -> 50% Mf Undrilled Protected Average Light Spear - Swordsman, 50% Mf Undrilled Protected Average Bow
  • 4 BG of 4 LCh Superior Undrilled Bow
  • Dont forget to include your Generals !!!


Remember to leave a line before you copy the above section as a template for your own list

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