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Evolution

Set EVF038

Bosporan Cavalry

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released 2006
Contents 5 figures and 5 horses
Poses 4 poses, varying number of horse poses
Material Plastic (Medium Consistency)
Colours Dirty Pink
Average Height 25 mm (= 1.8 m)

Review

The Bosporan Kingdom was situated on the north coast of the Black sea, and appeared during the fifth century BCE as a Hellenistic state with good trading links and little need for a military. In the late second century BCE it was annexed by the Pontic Kingdom, then later by the Romans, who ruled it until the coming of the Huns, who in the later fourth century obliterated the state. We tell you this because once again Evolution have given no indication of time period for these figures. However these people were very similar to the Sarmatians and Scythians, and we can be fairly sure that their army was equipped and organised in much the same way.

As with all the Steppe peoples, the cavalry would have been a mixture of light archers and heavier troops armed with sword or javelin and spear, and the poses in this set are a fair reflection of that. However there may have been an element of the cavalry that carried a lance, which is not to be found here. One of the men carries no weapon, and none has been provided, which is just as well as his solid hand has no way of holding anything. Quite what the point of this pose is we do not know. The archer and swordsman are OK, but the man with raised spear is not a particularly useful pose. Perhaps in a charge, we would have preferred something more suggestive of actual combat.

The dress of these figures is reasonable for the peoples of this area. Only the unarmed man has any armour, and he also wears a tall helmet. Both round and oval shields are included – all being part of the figure – and all with quite complicated designs engraved on their face.

The level of sculpting is about average for this manufacturer. In places detail is quite good but in others it is less so, with such problems as the very short sword held by one man being difficult to rectify. All the men fit their horses very loosely and will need gluing to stay in place.

The horses shown above reflect the full range of LW/Evolution’s current ‘ancient horses’ output, and were obtained from combining several sets. Exactly which horses you find in the bag, and in what quantities, is entirely random. You may well find several of one sort and none of another, and you might even find other poses we have not pictured. Also, you will notice that we have not provided numbers for any of the human poses. In fact what you get is one of each, plus a second copy of one chosen at random.

Another very underwhelming product from LW/Evolution, and probably best seen as a further contribution to the generic Steppe people cavalry seen in the centuries either side of the founding of the Roman Empire.

Ratings

Historical Accuracy 8
Pose Quality 6
Pose Number 6
Sculpting 6
Mould 7

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