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Contents: 12 figures & 12 horses
Poses: 4 poses, 2 horse poses
Material: Plastic
Colour: Grey
Cement assembly, paint required (cement & paint not included)

Cataphracts were very heavily armoured cavalrymen & the Romans first encountered such men from various enemies in the East. As usual they copied this innovation & the first Roman cataphracts were created by the emperor Hadrian as early as the second century AD. However they were more of a feature in the later years of the empire & it is these that are portrayed here.

All the men are using the contus, a heavy spear of almost 4 metres in length. Two of the poses have ring hands, while the other two have cupped hands. We found the ring hands were exactly the right size & the contus fitted very well, but the cupped hands needed a little enlarging with a needle file before happily accepting the weapon.

Heavily armoured from head to toe, they often went without shields, as here. Their armour takes different forms here, which is correct, and the classic spangenhelm helmet is joined by the ridged helmet, both being appropriate. The horses are equally encased in armour, and again are correctly done.

With so much mail on display the texture of these figures was always going to be important, and here the sculptor has done an excellent job. Detail is first class throughout, with good strong definition that should make painting relatively simple. The contus lances, which are naturally supplied as separate parts, are very long and perfectly straight.

This excellent set is a great addition to the ranks that should delight all enthusiasts of this turbulent period in history.
This abridged appraisal is supplied care of Plastic Soldier Review.

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  • Seller location: North Shore, Auckland, NZ

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