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Unpainted Plastic

Unpainted Plastic

Early German Mounted Cavalry
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Early German Mounted Cavalry (5 unpainted soft plastic figures with 5 horses - mustard color) Expeditionary Force | EXP60GMS02 $44.50

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Unpainted Plastic 60mm (about 2 3/8 inches high)
This set contains 5 model soldiers and 5 horses on which to mount them. The set contains 5 soldiers and 5 horses: 1 armoured chieftain and 4 unarmoured horsemen. Germanic cavalrymen are comprised of the tribal aristocracy and their armed retainers. Only the very wealthy could afford body armor, usually acquired by trade with the Celts or Romans. We have chosen to provide the chief with a Celtic chainmail corselet common among Roman auxiliaries. The main weapon of the Germanic cavalry was the javelin known as the framea. It was used both for stabbing and for throwing. Their main protective armament was a shield of wood covered with leather. The characteristic shape of the shield is the hexagon, although rectangular and round shields are not uncommon.
Note the Suebian-knot hairstyle that is unique to the Germans and serves as a clear distinction from the Celts. It is also a common Germanic fashion to strap the lower legs of their trousers.

The most famous of the Germanic cavalry were the Batavi, who served with the Romans in the conquest of Britain.
The heads and arms are inter-changeable to permit assembly of varied action postures. These can also be swapped with those in the other sets in the series, especially GMS 03 to assemble mounted officers, standard-bearers and horn-blowers.
German cavalry were considered to have been better horsemen than the Celts and thus many were recruited as auxiliaries by the Romans. German native horses however were said to be rather small and thus many were re-mounted with Roman cavalry horses. The Germans also disliked saddles and considered them unmanly.
The Germanic tribes fought against both the Romans and the Celts. Many of them also served with the Roman army as Barbarian Symmachiarii units (symmachiarii = sympathizers, or allies). These were auxiliary units but are not equipped or trained in Roman methods. The famous exploits of the Germans include the wanderings of the Cimbri, the defeat of the Romans at Teutoburger Wald by Arminius of the Cherusci; and the Civilis Rebellion of the Batavi.

Although it will take you about 3 minutes per figure to assemble these warriors, the resulting model will blow you away with its detail, dimensionality and fluidity of motion. (Use "Gorilla" Super Glue.)

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