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Contents: 48 figures
Poses: 12 poses
Material: Plastic
Colour: Light Tan

Cement assembly, paint required (these are not included)

This set is for the 9th and 10th centuries, a period which in many ways can be described as the birth of Russia. In 800 the land we know today as the Ukraine, Belarus and western Russia was mostly settled by Slavs, who recognised local tribal chiefs but had no higher notion of statehood. As the century progressed Scandinavians, Varangians from Sweden and elsewhere, entered the area by the rivers and gradually took control of the natives, building forts to defend their trade and dominions. According to the Primary Chronicle the year 862 is traditionally seen as the start of the Varingian dominance, but from this time the many petty domains steadily grew, and by the end of the following century major centres such as Kiev were establishing large and sophisticated principalities. These then were the early Rus (the name came from the Varangians themselves), and during this period they were mostly engaged in internal wars or fights with near neighbours.

Originally the Varangians were entirely Scandinavian in their military ways, but over time the native Slavic influence was to change that. Also the position of the land meant there were influences from all quarters & particularly from the Steppe, resulting in a blend unique to the Rus. Many warriors wore mail. Round or conical helmets, sometimes beautifully decorated, were also to be seen, while the usual Viking round shield remained the staple protection. Axes continued to be a preferred weapon, although when available fine Frankish swords were also utilised, while poorer warriors might be armed with spears or javelins, and some bows were also present.

Abridged Appraisal supplied c/of Plastic Soldier Review.

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