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Contents: 42 figures
Poses: 12
Material: Plastic
Colour: Olive

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

Egypt, one of the oldest civilisations on Earth, had long benefited from its relative isolation from other centres of population, which meant it was naturally well protected & did not require large effective armies. As a result, when a potent threat did appear in the form of the Hyksos, Egypt, or at least Lower Egypt, seems to have crumbled fairly swiftly. However Upper Egypt was not attacked or occupied, & in time they learned the lessons of their enemy & drove the Hyksos out, ushering in the phase known as the New Kingdom, which was to be much more militaristic & imperial in tone, with effective & powerful armies carving out an empire, particularly in Palestine & Syria.

Although this set does not mention a date, it is the New Kingdom, from the 18th dynasty, that these soldiers serve. This would make sense as Caesar have released many other sets for the same time frame, but it is also the clothing & weaponry that dates these figures to so active a period.

In broad terms an Egyptian army consisted of a phalanx of spearmen who advanced with the support of massed archers, possibly equal in number to themselves. Once the spear was thrown the secondary weapon – either a kopesh sword or an axe – was drawn and the fight became hand-to-hand.

The style and very high standard of sculpting is certainly maintained. No flash as always, and some well proportioned and very lifelike figures make this a very attractive set. At least one pose has clearly been achieved by using a multi-part mould, which is an old trick of Caesar which continues to produce fantastic results.

This abridged appraisal is supplied care of Plastic Soldier Review.

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"good trade, recommended" Auction 1293929104 Please click here to ask a question
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  • Seller location: North Shore, Auckland, NZ

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