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Contents: 12 figures & 12 horses
Poses: 6 & 6 horse poses
Material: Plastic
Colour: Grey

Cement assembly, paint required (cement & paint not included)

When the Assyrian Empire was at its height, in the 8th & 7th centuries BCE, the chariot was gradually being replaced by the horsed warrior, who was much more manoeuvrable & could go places that the chariot couldn't. Thus the cavalry achieved a predominance on the battlefield which it wasn't to lose until the later years of the 19th century & the cavalry of Assyria was a very important component of her armies.

The set of Assyrian infantry from Caesar dates to the 7th century BCE & from the looks of things this cavalry is of the same period. The dress of the cavalry is quite similar to their dismounted comrades, as by this date they wore an armoured corselet and helmet.

Assyrian cavalry were armed with either a bow or a spear (usually handled overarm). In this set only one pose is of an archer, although another has a slung bow on his back. Most of the rest have ring hands into which weapons from the separate weapons sprue can be inserted. There are three of these sprues per box, providing six spears and six swords.

The horses are a fair selection of poses, some of which benefit from the multipart mould to allow legs to be next to each other. The animals wear a variety of saddlecloths, and some have more extensive fabric trappings which provided some protection from arrows and cuts, while others have simple animal skins.

The sculpting of the men is as usual excellent, with good detail that is well defined and accurate. The men fit their horses well, and this is in part thanks to the pegs on the inside of their legs, which artificially help to give a good grip.

In terms of style these are a perfect match for the infantry set, and are a necessary addition to that set for a balanced Assyrian army.

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  • Seller location: North Shore, Auckland, NZ

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