Thursday, April 21, 2016

Troops Arms & Armor tables.

In the last post I considered the organization of the garrison of the temple of the frog as a model for small garrisons and troops in OD&D, and I listed the arms and equipment given in the text.  It's fine to simply use that, but if you (like me) would prefer a little variety in arms and equipment, there is a really terrific series of tables in Arneson's rulebook 1 of Adventures in Fantasy, page 31, that will give you just that.

I've broken apart the tables on that page for ease of organization, switched the figures from % to d20, and edited some of the instructions so as to make the whole thing more user friendly.  Here it is:


ARMS AND EQUIPMENT OF SOLDIERS
Adventures in Fantasy (p31) - Arneson & Snider 1978

There are two main categories to consider: Mounted or Dismounted.

Within each category, two rolls will be made to determine weapons and armor, and an additional roll determines if the soldiers have a shield.

EXAMPLE—MOUNTED
            First roll—A 10 means the Mounted troops are armed with a sword.
            Second Roll—A 15 means that they are protected by CHAINMAIL.
            Third Roll—A 7 means that each of these Chainmail troopers has a shield.

MOUNTED:


Mounted Troops Weapon Type
D20 roll
Weapons
Restrictions
1-4
Bow
Leather armor only
5-15
Sword

16-20
Lance




Sword Armed Mounted Troops  Armor Type:
D20 roll
Armor
Restrictions
1-12
Leather

13-16
Chainmail

17-20
Plate




Lance Armed Mounted Troops Armor Type:
D20 roll
Armor
Restrictions
1
Leather

2-6
Chainmail

7-20
Plate
Not if Desert or Swamp troops






DISMOUNTED:

Dismounted Troops Weapons:
D20 roll
Weapons
Restrictions
1-2
Bow
Leather only, no shields
3
Longbow
Leather only, no shields
4-7
Crossbow
Leather only, no shields
8-15
Sword

16-18
Spear

19-20
Pike
Field Troops only.  Change to spears if garrisoned.  No Desert, Swamp or Water troops.



Sword Armed Dismounted Troops Armor Type:
D20
Armor
Restrictions
1-9
Leather

10-16
Chainmail

17-20
Plate




Spear Armed Dismounted Troops Armor Type
D20
Armor
Restrictions
1-8
Leather

9-18
Chainmail

19-20
Plate




Pike Armed Dismounted Troops Armor Type
D20
Armor
Restrictions
1-5
Leather
No shields
6-17
Chainmail
No shields
18-20
Plate
No shields




CHANCE OF SOLDIER HAVING A SHIELD:


Mounted Troops
D20
Armor
1-4
Leather
5-12
Chainmail
13 -20
Plate


Dismounted Troops
D20
Armor
1-6
Leather
7-18
Chainmail
19-20
Plate


Note—Shields are always of the "Small" or "Normal" variety.  Also note that in the Restrictions column it is impossible to have certain types of troops in certain areas. Thus for DISMOUNTED TROOPS armed with MISSILES, there could never (Absolutely not) be found LONGBOWMEN in DESERT, SWAMP of WATER REGIONS










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