Tang Chinese Steppe Falconer at Court

A Twilight of Empires

Lords of the Earth, Campaign 13

How to Make Artillery

More so than for most other units, artillery use - what we now describe by terms like ballistae, catapults, and the like - is closely related to the overall technological level of a given society. This is especially true for battlefield artillery, the use of which was unusual in antiquity, though by no means unheard of. The Phokians in the 4th century BCE were known for using massed artillery, and the Macedonian successor states, Romans, Chinese, and others also used man- and torsion-powered engines on the battlefield.

What is Required - the Nuts and Bolts

With the requirement for substantial technical resources generally, it makes sense that a nation will need to be technologically advanced. Using the New Type (NT) action to, for example, give peasant boys with slings and javelins (XII) catapults is not going to work. Here then are the steps to take before raising artillery units:

  1. Tech Level - Get the player position up to tech level 5. This is not a trivial operation. For more on how to achieve this, please see the players rules.
  2. Artillery Quality Rating - Next, one needs to have a non-zero Artillery QR. This is done in the usual way, by investing in the stat.
  3. Build Units - Finally engines of war may be fielded. These are limited by these criteria:
    • QR at least 1 - Able to raise Light Artillery (XA) units.
    • QR at least 2 - Able to raise Artillery (A) units.

The above steps can be avoided by purchasing units from another player, but these then may not be replaced except through more purchases. Step one above can be skipped if one wishes only to use engines acquired "somehow," meaning that if a nation has an artillery QR but not the tech level required, they may use them but not raise new units.

Your comments are welcome.

Chris Cornuelle / lote13gm at xmission dot com / last modified Tuesday, 16-Nov-2004 14:24:07 MST
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