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Unpainted Plastic

Unpainted Plastic

Early German Warriors on Foot
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Early German Warriors on Foot (9 unpainted soft plastic figures in 3 poses - mustard color) Expeditionary Force | EXP60GMS01 $40.50

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Unpainted Plastic 60mm (about 2 3/8 inches high)
This set contains 9 model soldiers: 1 armoured chieftain and 8 unarmoured tribal warriors. Extra arms options are provided to allow at least 20 different assembled poses .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.
The photo shows the typical battle dress of Germanic warriors, who preferred going into battle bare-chested. Without access to armour, the wearing of clothes offered no protection and could cause infection if fabric fragments were pushed into a wound.
The main protective armament of the Germans was the shield of wood or braided material, sometimes covered with leather. The most characteristic shape of the shield was the hexagon, although oval and square shields were not uncommon. Only a very few wore helmet or armour. Their sidearm was the axe or the club. Swords were only owned by those who could afford them as metal was scarce among many of the German tribes. Note that one of the heads has the unique Suebian-knot hairstyle.
Tactically, the Germans often placed warriors with long spears in their front rank.
German trousers were more tight-fitting than that of the Celts and they might strap their lower legs to facilitate movement in thick forests.
There was a class of warrior among the Chatti tribes who kept their hair and beards uncut and maintained an appearance of simplicity as a mark of their warrior pledge. These men often commenced battle charging at the front.
The main weapon of the Germans is the javelin known as the framea. It is used both for stabbing and for throwing.
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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