WAB Abbasid Army List

Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to play a number of WAB games.  My current list is a later Abbasid with a large portion of Ghulams and all sorts of shooting.  My main opponents run large blocks of troops – either Saxon or Norman, which is causing a bit of trouble with my mobile shooting list.  I had not intended to play bob and weave, but getting a flank charge with cavalry is nearly impossible against a shield wall army.

Playing the Later Abbasid is part of the problem.  The list requires two units of Turcoman Cav – or as I like to call them, Super Cav.  BS4 Nomad cavalry with no move and shoot penalty and Parthan Shot is a bit of a head ache for my opponents.   I may play around with an Early Abbasid list which would allow me to cut back on Turcoman.

Early Caliphates:  Later Abbasid
Unit Number Points Equipment and notes
Amir 1 164 General, Horse, heavy armour, shield, bow, thrusting spear, superior cav
Army Standard Bearer 1 80 ASB, light armour, shield,
Turkish Senior Ghulam 9 267 CMS, heavy armor, Shield, Bow,Kontarion, Superior Turkish Cav
Turkish Junior Ghulam 13 158 CMS, Light armor, Shield, thrusting spear, bow, dismounted
Turkish Junior Ghulam 9 240 CMS, heavy armor, Shield, Bow,Kontarion, Superior Turkish Cav
Daylami Infantry 18 213 CMS, Shield, Thrusting spear, Warband, Stealth, Shieldwall, Stubborn, 6 bow
Daylami Infantry 18 213 CMS, Shield, Thrusting spear, Warband, Stealth, Shieldwall, Stubborn, 6 bow
Volunteer – light cav 8 151 CMS, hand weapon, shield, thrusting spear
City Militia- skirmishers 10 60 Buckler, bow
City Militia- skirmishers 10 48 Buckler, hand weapon, javelins, Naffatun
City Militia- skirmishers 11 52 Buckler, hand weapon, javelins, Naffatun
Turcoman Cav 8 176 Skirmishers, Nomad Cavalry
Turcoman Cav 8 176 Skirmishers, Nomad Cavalry
124 1998



Update:  after learning how ineffective a formed unit of less than 5 figures is, I’ve grown the Volunteer cav to 8 figures at the cost of a few Junior Turks.

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