Later Lithuanian

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Historical Overview Section

The first written mention of Lithuania is found in a medieval German manuscript, the Quedlinburg Chronicle, on 14 February 1009. The Lithuanian lands were united by Mindaugas in 1236, and neighbouring countries referred to it as "the state of Lithuania". The official coronation of Mindaugas as King of Lithuania was on July 6, 1253, and the official recognition of Lithuanian statehood as the Kingdom of Lithuania. Vytautas the Great, under his reign Lithuania reached the zenith of it's power. During the early period of Vytautas the Great (1316–1430), the state occupied the territories of present-day Belarus, Ukraine, and parts of Poland and Russia. By the end of the fourteenth century, Lithuania was the largest country in Europe and was also the only remaining pagan state.

The Grand Duchy of Lithuania stretched across a substantial part of Europe from the Baltic to the Black Sea. Lithuanian nobility, city dwellers and peasants accepted Christianity in 1386, following Poland's offer of its crown to Jogaila, the Grand Duke of Lithuania. Grand Duke Jogaila was crowned King of Poland on February 2, 1386. Lithuania and Poland were joined into a personal union, as both countries were ruled by the same Gediminas branch, the Jagiellon dynasty. In 1401, the formal union was dissolved as a result of disputes over legal terminology, and Vytautas, the cousin of Jogaila, became the Grand Duke of Lithuania. Thanks to close cooperation, the armies of Poland and Lithuania achieved a great victory over the Teutonic Knights in 1410 at the Battle of Grunwald, one of the largest battles of medieval Europe.

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Allied Contingents

  • Tartar (Golden Horde or Crimean) . Date restrictions: None Book: Eternal Empire Page: 15 - Bw/Sw Cavalry and supporting LH seems to add little new to the parent army
  • Teutonic Knights, Later . Date restrictions: 1435 Book: Eternal Empire Page: 38 - 4 Teutonic knights are the minimum - and frankly, do you want much more? Maybe 4 Poor XB to lurk at the back, or some Turcopole LH ?

Using the Army under FoG

  • The armoured Cav XB unit is helpful as it can hold up enemy LH trying to swamp your LH
  • The mixed Polish BGs generally are reckoned not to be as good an option
  • Have at least one or two LH BGs in 6s. That way you can charge opposing lights without worrying too much about autobreaks and you get the maximum benefit from attached generals
  • The general view is that Bow* cavalry is a bit pants. The Russian Cv, Armored, Superior, Undrilled, Bow, Sword cost the same points, and are better.

15mm Manufacturers supplying figures for this army

Many manufacturers have generic Medieval and East European ranges - those noted have specific (or particularly good) relevant figres
You can see some of the figures in the Ancients Photo Gallery also on this site

Army Lists

Sample army lists for this army
900 AP Doubles army used at Oxford 2009

  • 4 Av LH, L/Sp, Bw, Sw
  • 4 Av LH, L/Sp, Bw, Sw
  • 4 Av LH, L/Sp, Bw, Sw
  • 4 Av LH, L/Sp, Bw, Sw
  • 4 Cv, Bw*, Superior, L/Sp, Sw, Armoured
  • 6 LF, Bw
  • 6 LF, Bw
  • 4 Cv, Bw*, Superior, L/Sp, Sw, Armoured
  • 4 Cv, Bw*, Superior, L/Sp, Sw, Armoured
  • 4 Cv, Bw*, Superior, L/Sp, Sw, Armoured
  • 4 Teutonic Knights, Drilled
  • 6 MF, L/Sp, Av, Undrilled, Protected
  • 4 Undrilled Superior knights
  • IC + 2 x TC

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