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The Inca Empire was the largest empire in pre-Columbian America. From 1438 to 1533, the Incas used a variety of methods from conquest to peaceful assimilation (the latter not really being simulated particularly well when using FoG:AM) to incorporate a large portion of western South America, centered on the Andean mountain ranges, including, besides Peru, large parts of modern Ecuador, western and south central Bolivia, northwest Argentina, north and central Chile, and southern Colombia into a state comparable to the historical empires of Eurasia.
The Inca people were a pastoral tribe in the Cuzco area around the 12th century. Under the leadership of Manco CÃ¡pac, they formed the small city-state Kingdom of Cuzco. After a lot of basket weaving, llama herding,guinea-pig grilling and the odd visitation from aliens, by 1438 they were a bit bored so began a far-reaching expansion under the command of Pachacuti-Cusi Yupanqui, whose name literally meant "earth-shaker". During his reign, he and his son Tupac Yupanqui brought much of the Andes mountains (roughly modern Peru and Ecuador) under Inca control and released an acclaimed rap album detailing his conquests and how this resulted in many encounters with Peruvia ''Ho's". Pachacuti's son TÃºpac Inca Yupanqui began conquests to the north in 1463, and continued them as Inca after Pachucuti's death in 1471. His most important conquest was the Kingdom of Chimor, the Inca's only serious rival for the coast of Peru. TÃºpac Inca's empire stretched north into modern day Ecuador and Colombia. TÃºpac Inca's son Huayna CÃ¡pac added a small portion of land to the north in modern day Ecuador and in parts of Peru,which he used largely as a garden for growing hyacinths.
It all went poo shaped Spanish conquistadors led by Francisco Pizarro and his brothers explored south from what is today Panama, reaching Inca territory by 1526. They saw it was basically piled high with gold everywhere, and so in July 1529 the queen of Spain signed a charter allowing Pizarro to conquer the Incas. When they returned to Peru in 1532, a war of the two brothers between Huayna Capac's sons HuÃ¡scar and Atahualpa and unrest among newly conquered territoriesâ€”and perhaps more importantly, smallpox, which had spread from Central Americaâ€”had considerably weakened the empire. Pizarro did not have a formidable force; just 168 men, 1 cannon and 27 horses,but that was more than enough,especially when supplemented by as many as 80,000 native allies. The Spanish kicked a lot of ass,and by 1572 the last Inca stronghold was conquered, and the last ruler, TÃºpac Amaru, Manco's son, was captured and executed.
The Incas had no iron or steel, and their weapons were not much better than those of their enemies. They went into battle with the beating of drums and the blowing of trumpets. The armor used by the Incas included:
- Helmets made of wood, copper, bronze, cane, or animal skin; some were adorned with feathers
- Round or square shields made from wood or hide
- Cloth tunics padded with cotton and small wooden planks to protect the spine.
The Inca weaponry included:
- Bronze or bone-tipped spears
- Two-handed wooden swords with serrated edges
- Clubs with stone and spiked metal heads
- Woolen slings and stones
- Stone or copper headed battle-axes
- Bolas (stones fastened to lengths of cord). Compared to Spaniards, much of the Inca army was in fact utter bolas.
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User-contributed links about this army:
- Inca Empire DBA Figure Gallery for this army - from Fanaticus
- A page reviewing and comparing figures of this era covering Essex, Minifigs, Naismith, Grumpy, Gladiator and Falcon
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This is a full listing of 15mm manufacturers for Blood & Gold armies. A listing of who supplies what can be found in my 15mm Suppliers directory
You can see some of the figures in the Ancients Photo Gallery also on this site
- Essex Miniatures - Aztec and Inca Ranges
- Gladiator Miniatures by Fighting 15's (Gladiator Games) 38-strong Aztec's and Enemies range including Mayans and Zapotecs
- Minifigs UK Aztecs & early Incas in their Renaissance ranges
- Irregular Minis 2 Aztecs (new range)
- LKM/QRF (Feudal Castings & Friekorps ranges) Aborigine Warriors may work for some ranges, as may figures without guns from the Seminole war and the French and Indian/Seven Years war ranges
- Tin Soldier Aztecs & Conquistadores
- East Riding Miniatures Grumpy's Tupi range in the UK
- Fighting 15â€™s stock Eureka Miniatures Amazonian and Meso-Americans in the UK
- Eureka main site Mound Builder Era North Americans, Hawaiians, Amazonians
- Khurasan Chimichec range
- Miniature Wars
- MY Miniatures Hawaiians, Maoris, Inuit Eskimos (!)
- Bloodaxe Miniatures Hawaiians, as sold by ERM in the UK
- Lurkio New range of Inca and Canari
Sample army lists for this army
Name of Army / Date
- 4 x TC
- 2 X 6 MF LS/SW Drilled Superior
- 3 x 6 MF LS/SW Drilled Average
- 1 x 6 MF OS Drilled Superior
- 1 x 8 MF OS Drlled Average
- 4 or 5 x 6 LF S Average
- 2 x 8 MF Unprotected B/SW Undrilled Average
- 1 X 4 MF Unprotected Drilled MF B/SW(The reason for buying them,it is a daft unit)
- Sometimes I will have a MF HW unit as well
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