Spanish Colonial list - Indian auxiliary allies
Posted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 5:52 pm
As commented in my last update, these presumably need an end date beyond which they would not retain any distictive fighting style.
I am wondering whether these troops (however equipped) would be better represented as Auxiliary troops in the main list than as allies. Maybe there should not be any actual Indian ally contingents at all by 1526.MikeK wrote:I found in the scanned West American History
“Considerable alarm was created by the appearance of long pikes, like those of the Chinantecs, directed particularly against the cavalry. Fortunately they were not numerous, nor were the pikemen sufficiently practised to be very dangerous.“
Later the Aztecs were more organized. The Spanish also relied on the spear/pikes, in ref to the army in Tlascala after Christmas, it says after Christima “The main reliance of the infantry was in the swords and pikes, the long Chinantec poles being largely introduced, even among the allies, and made effective by long drilling. The nucleus of the troops, whereon rested the highest hopes, was of course the horsemen, whose safety had been carefully looked to by providing the steeds with poitrels, and side and quarter coverings of stout bulls'- hide, reaching to the hocks. They were fringed with small pieces of iron which jingled like bells, and were supposed to add to the terror ever spread by these animals among the natives.® The riders were equally protected, some with helmet and body mail of steel, which covered even the limbs, leaving the wearer vulnerable only at the joints.' Others had less complete mail, while many possessed only the twisted cotton armor worn by the foot-soldiers, though this was sufficiently effective in native warfare.
I will look at the possibility of adding lines for them in the main list. This might work better anyway, as it seems unlikely that they should get as many Superior troops as in their home lists. (Probably none in fact).nikgaukroger wrote:Fair point on whether they should be allied contingents - perhaps say they are picked as allies, but without commanders and are just part of the army as a whole?