hammy wrote:I think that mixing veterans, normal chaps and lazy ones in the same force is pushing things for Catalan companies.
I take your point as being that for FoG the whole motley crew should be represented as an average of their qualities as they were on the whole quite effective but not organized in units based on level of combat experience - thus Superior (at least until their territorial expansion was completed and they settled down in 1319).
Though - when it comes to Impact Foot, a BG of Elites as the schwerpunkt on the table would be tempting.
I didn’t want to over complicate the list, but if we actually look at the historical facts, it should look like this:
The Company started with 4000 veterans of the Sicilian wars, 1500 other infantry (mostly crossbowmen) and 1500 horsemen.
Bernat de Rocafort joined the company with further 1000 veterans from Sicily and 200 horsemen in 1303.
They were reinforced by further 1000 veterans and 100 knights under Berenguer d’Entença in 1304.
In 1305 half of the remaining men were killed after a failed sea expedition.
This means that until 1305 all almughavars were veterans from the campaigns in North Arica and Sicily (=> Elite). They accounted for about 65% of the Company.
The mounted troops accounted for about 20%.
The remaining infantry accounted for the final 15%.
This should be translated into bases to get the minima and maxima APs needed in each list.
But the 1305 disaster brought big changes to the Company.
The survivors (about 1250 almughavars and 200 mounted) managed to defeat the Byzantines at Apros and started the so called “Catalan vengeance”.
Their successes attracted the Turcopoles formerly fighting for the Byzantines accounting 3000 men, a Seljuq tribe lead by Maleck with further 2000 to 3000 men, and Europeans from different countries (but mainly Greeks deserting from the Byzantine army) looking for fortune.
Also further veteran almughavar units join the company from Sicily and from Greece (like the ones commanded by Ferran Eiximenis d’Arenós that had been fighting for the Romanian Franks from 1302).
Finally further almughavars (non veterans) arrived from Catalonia.
Therefore, from 1305 there is a combination of veteran almughavar units, “standard” almughavars coming from Catalonia and non almughavar recruits.
It’s not clear whether the new recruits formed new units lead by some almughavars or just filled up already existing units. Almughavars fought in very compact units with a very strong “esprit de corps” based on personal relationships created during their long term campaigning. In many cases the units were constituted by people coming from the same town / region and that had already fought together against the Moors in Spain before moving to North Africa first, to Sicily immediately after, and to Turkey and Greece at the end. This would lead to assume that most probably they would prefer to stick to other almughavars rather than mixing with the newcomers, specially the foreigners.
If we consider that they didn’t mix, we would already have a combination of roughly 1/3 to 1/2 Elite (veterans),1/4 to 1/3 Superior (almughavar units coming from Catalonia) and 1/4 to 1/3 Average (other Europeans led by almughavars).
If we consider that they mixed, up to ¼ could either be graded as Elite or Superior, the rest being Superior.
In any case, the total number of almughavars would account for about 30% to 40% of the Company.
Catalan and Aragonese mounted troops would account for less than 10%.
Same for other infantry.
Turks and Turcopoles would account for 40% to 50% of the army.
The Company settled in Athens after the battle of Kephissos in 1311. After that, we have much less information about it.
It’s not clear if / when the Turks left it. Neither how many Albanians and from when start to fight with it.
Therefore we could keep the proportion between almughavars, other infantry, Catalan and Aragonese cavalry, and other cavalry (Turk or Albanian).
In any case the veterans had to retire after over 20 years of service, and there were not important reinforcements anymore.
Therefore from about 1315, no Elite almughavars should be allowed. There should be the option to class them as Superior or Average.
From about 1350, probably no more than half of them would deserve the Superior grading.