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Forest Indian

Forest Indian as a list name hides a multiple of North American armies stretching over several hundred years. The lists essentially end with the introduction of firearms. They all have several things in common in that the force composition barely changes over that time. They are medium foot forces backed up by archers and cunning impetuosity. The main advantages are speed and numbers. In the early period the noble warriors have armour made out of oak planks and shields that look like they have been stolen from a gate making factory. This worked well for parrying sword and spear thrusts but tended to fail a bit when confronted with musket balls.

There are only a few things going for this list;

  1. there are lots of bases
  2. the player has the opportunity to make whoop whoop indian noises during the game without any fear of being thought weird ( dress up like an indian if you think it will help)
  3. The sense of disbelief created in your opponents when you turn up with these blokes and take nearly the whole game to set up, can sometimes last long enough for the game to finish before they came up with a decent way of fighting back.
  4. you can do a flank March and not diminish the essential effectiveness of the force remaining on the table.


This list is about overwhelming your opponent. It has the subtlety of a white pointer shark eating a whale. There is nothing fancy that works even against other medium foot lists ; charge forward making the appropriate whoop whoop noises - that’s it. It’s about getting into combat really fast and shooting things. Don’t overthink the tactics ; it will make your brain hurt and won’t make any difference to the outcome.

Either you will overwhelm your opponent or you will die screaming in huge numbers...there is a chance you will do both. This could still take a while so there is the opportunity to take out unsuspected wins. But don’t count on taking too many trophies home. This is a army for shock and awe, having fun, and possibly thwarting the podium ambitions of other better balanced forces in a competition. Whatever you do, don’t get too attached to your troops as there will be a huge attrition rate.

This list has only ever been used domestically in Australia. It may have been used elsewhere but no one has owned up as yet. With a bit less thought you can go up to about 36 or even 40 bases while retaining the same strategic purpose.

Brilliant general
6 Brave Warriors* Medium swordsmen impetuous Elite
6 Warriors with tomahawk medium swordsmen impetuous ordinary
3 Woodsmen light infantry bow ordinary
3 Woodsmen light infantry javelin ordinary

Ordinary sub-general
2 Warriors with bow Bowmen ordinary
3 Warriors with tomahawk medium swordsmen impetuous ordinary
1 Women and children levy mediocre

Ordinary sub-general
2 Warriors with bow Bowmen ordinary
3 Warriors with tomahawk medium swordsmen impetuous ordinary
1 Women and children levy mediocre

30 units.

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