Rebel Army

Lewes 1264 AD
A Warhammer Ancient Battles Army List based upon an adaptation of O Peronny’s unofficial supplement ‘Armies of the Western Kingdoms 1100-1300’.

Based on the army assembled above the Lewes Downs in 1264 under the command of Simon
de Montfort, the following is a set list taking into account the number, speculative composition and division of the army which fought the Royal army under King Henry III for the rule of England. Mainly comprising spear armed foot with limited archery, there is argument for thrusting spear armed Londoners and two famous Bishops to put backbone into an outnumbered army with little knightly support. Total numbers: 40 cavalry and 294 infantry not including characters. All unit commanders except skirmishers have character leaders. The army is divided into four wards of equal strength: two wards being massed Mixed Order infantry and two divided into two smaller tactical units with archer skirmishers to harass the enemy. Archers, whilst known to be present during the campaign warrant little reference for the battle itself so numbers are limited. Each ward has a small heavy horse contingent to accompany the ward commander and protect the foot from enemy cavalry attack. Whilst small in number the Knights/Sergeants are all heavily armoured and the knights with Simon de Montfort’s count as Body Guard. Only Characters and Body Guard have Warhorses.
Notes: Lists refer to my research into the knights and men of note present at the battle which in some instances have been arbitrarily allocated a ward to spread the identifiable heraldry amongst the army. Small font references in parenthesis are alternatively spelt or referred names. Unit commanders are in almost every instance known to have been with or even commanded that ward.

Army General Earl Simon de Montfort Duke M4 WS6 BS5 S4 T4 W3 I6 A3 Ld9
Equipment: Shield, sword, heavy armour, lance, Warhorse with cloth barding. Special Rules: Army General, Chivalric Honour, Ferocious Charge when mounted with his knights.

Army Standard Simon de Montfort’s personal standard mounted on an ox drawn cart. William de Bland (le Blound, Blund, Blount)) Baron M4 WS5 BS4 S4 T3 W2 I5 A2 Ld8
Equipment: Shield, sword, heavy armour, lance, Warhorse with cloth barding. Special Rules: Chivalric Honour, Ferocious Charge when mounted with his knights.

Bishop Henry Sandwich, Bishop of London Bishop M4 WS4 BS4 S4 T3 W2 I4 A2 Ld8
Equipment: Shield, sword or axe or mace, heavy armour, lance, Warhorse with cloth barding. Special Rules: Units attached re-roll panic tests.

Bishop Walter de Cantilupe, Bishop of Worcester Bishop M4 WS4 BS4 S4 T3 W2 I4 A2 Ld9
Equipment: Shield, sword or mace, heavy armour, lance, Warhorse with cloth barding. Special Rules: Crusading Bishop is subject to Hatred of the enemy, also any unit attached. Unlike the normal Bishop, attached units do not re-roll panic tests.

2 Reserve Ward (1 body of Horse and 1 body of mixed order foot) Horse Noble Commanding: Duke Earl Simon de Montfort Duke’s Body Guard 10 knights Mounted Body Guard M8 WS4 BS3 S3 T4 W1 I4 A1 Ld8
Equipment: Lance, sword, heavy armour and shield on Warhorses with cloth barding. Special Rules: Drilled, Ferocious Charge and Stubborn if dismounted.

Lists: Ralph Horingunder (Heringot); Hugh le dispenser; Roger Bigod (Bigot) Earl of Norfolk*; Robert de Ros; Walter de Colvill (Coleville), , Humphrey de Bohun, Anthony Beck, William de Vescy and John de Clinton. * Note Roger Bigod was young and newly knighted so is not counted as WAB Earl for Lewes. * Note Ralph Horingunder was Simon de Monfort’s personal standard bearer.

Foot Noble Commanding

Thomas of Pelveston Baron M4 WS5 BS4 S4 T3 W2 I5 A2 Ld8
Equipment: Shield, sword, heavy armour, lance, Warhorse with cloth barding. Special Rules: Chivalric Honour, Ferocious Charge when mounted with other knights

Men-at-arms

70 Thrusting Spear & 10 bowmen Men-at arms M4 WS3 BS3 S3 T3 W1 I3 A1 Ld6
Equipment: Thrusting Spear, hand weapons, light armour and shield. Bowmen have bow and no shield. Special Rules: Mixed Order. The London foot and retinue foot as a superior Mixed Order reserve with the bowmen forming the front rank.

Right Ward (1 body of horse, 2 bodies of foot and archer skirmishers) Horse Noble Commanding Henry de Montfort Baron M4 WS5 BS4 S4 T3 W2 I5 A2 Ld8
Equipment: Shield, sword, heavy armour, lance, Warhorse with cloth barding. Special Rules: Chivalric Honour, Ferocious Charge when mounted with his knights

Knights/Sergeants

10 knights Mounted Knights M8 WS4 BS3 S3 T3 W1 I4 A1 Ld7
Equipment: Lance, sword, heavy armour and shield. Mounts have cloth barding. Special Rules: Ferocious Charge.

Lists: John de Burgh; Ralph Basset of Scapecote; Baldwin Wake; John D’eyville (Deyvile, Deiville); Richard de Tany; William Martel, Hugh (II) de Neville; William Munchensey; John de Neveille;. Foot

Noble Commanding

Guy de Montfort Baron M4 WS5 BS4 S4 T3 W2 I5 A2 Ld8
Equipment: Shield, sword, heavy armour, lance, Warhorse with cloth barding. Special Rules: Chivalric Honour, Ferocious Charge when mounted with other knights

Militia

30 spear Militia M4 WS3 BS3 S3 T3 W1 I3 A1 Ld5
Equipment: Spear, hand weapons and shield.

Foot Noble Commanding

Simon de Montfort (the younger) Baron M4 WS5 BS4 S4 T3 W2 I5 A2 Ld8
Equipment: Shield, sword, heavy armour, lance, Warhorse with cloth barding.

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Special Rules: Chivalric Honour, Ferocious Charge when mounted with other knights

Militia Skirmishers Militia

30 spear Militia M4 WS3 BS3 S3 T3 W1 I3 A1 Ld5
Equipment: Spear, hand weapons and shield.

12 bow Militia M4 WS3 BS3 S3 T3 W1 I3 A1 Ld5
Equipment: Bow and hand weapons.

Centre Ward (1 body of horse, 2 bodies of foot and skirmishers) Horse Noble Commanding ‘Red’ Gilbert de Clare Earl of Gloucester Earl M4 WS5 BS4 S4 T4 W3 I5 A3 Ld9
Equipment: Shield, sword, heavy armour, lance, Warhorse with cloth barding. Special Rules: Chivalric Honour, Ferocious Charge when mounted with his knights.

Knights/Sergeants

10 knights/sergeants Mounted Knights M8 WS4 BS3 S3 T3 W1 I4 A1 Ld7
Equipment: Lance, sword, heavy armour and shield. Mounts have cloth barding. Special Rules: Ferocious Charge.

Lists: John de Vescy, Roger de Mohout, Thomas Hauteville (aka Hauvile, aka Hauvill), Geoffrey de la Mare (aka Geoffrey de Mar), Thomas Astley, Robert de Vipont (aka de Veteri Ponte), John de Grey, Hugh de Bures (aka Hamo de Bures) and William of Birmingham.

Foot Noble Commanding

John Fitz John Baron M4 WS5 BS4 S4 T3 W2 I5 A2 Ld8
Equipment: Shield, sword, heavy armour, lance, Warhorse with cloth barding. Special Rules: Chivalric Honour, Ferocious Charge when mounted with other knights

Militia Foot Noble Commanding

30 spear Militia M4 WS3 BS3 S3 T3 W1 I3 A1 Ld5
Equipment: Spear, hand weapons and shield.

Richard de Grey Baron M4 WS5 BS4 S4 T3 W2 I5 A2 Ld8
Equipment: Shield, sword, heavy armour, lance, Warhorse with cloth barding. Special Rules: Chivalric Honour, Ferocious Charge when mounted with other knights

Militia Skirmishers Militia

30 spear Militia M4 WS3 BS3 S3 T3 W1 I3 A1 Ld5
Equipment: Spear, hand weapons and shield.

12 bow Militia M4 WS3 BS3 S3 T3 W1 I3 A1 Ld5
Equipment: Bow and hand weapons.

Left Ward (1 body of horse, 1 body of mixed order foot) Horse Noble Commanding Geoffrey de Lucy Earl of Oxford Earl M4 WS5 BS4 S4 T4 W3 I5 A3 Ld9
Equipment: Shield, sword, heavy armour, lance, Warhorse with cloth barding. Special Rules: Chivalric Honour, Ferocious Charge when mounted with his knights.

Knights/Sergeants

10 knights Mounted Knights M8 WS4 BS3 S3 T3 W1 I4 A1 Ld7
Equipment: Lance, sword, heavy armour and shield. Mounts have cloth barding.

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Special Rules: Ferocious Charge.

Lists: Henry de Hastings; John Giffard, Ankerus de Freshvill (aka Auker de Freschville), John Bracebridge,

Foot Noble Commanding

Nicholas de Segrave Baron M4 WS5 BS4 S4 T3 W2 I5 A2 Ld8
Equipment: Shield, sword, heavy armour, lance, Warhorse with cloth barding. Special Rules: Chivalric Honour, Ferocious Charge when mounted with other knights

Militia

60 Trusting Spear and 12 bow. Militia M4 WS3 BS3 S3 T3 W1 I3 A1 Ld5
Equipment: Thrusting Spear, hand weapons and shield. Bowmen have bow and no shield. Special Rules: Mixed Order. The London militia is a massed Mixed Order ward with the bowmen forming the front rank. On the day they collapsed before the massed Royal heavy horse.