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Set 8022

Celtic Cavalry

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released 1999
Contents 12 mounted figures and 12 horses
Poses 4 poses, 2 horse poses
Material Plastic (Medium Consistency)
Colours Light Tan, Silver and Gold
Average Height 23 mm (= 1.66 m)

Review

The Celts provided large numbers of men for the armies of Carthage during the Punic Wars, and later became the main cavalry element in many Roman armies, so a set of Celtic cavalry such as this has several uses.

The main Celtic weapons were the sword and spear, and the four poses in this set are suitably armed with both in most cases. Three of the four figures are wearing mail, an expensive item that was generally only available to the better off nobility. The style shown here is one known to have been used by these men, with a cape-like piece over the shirt. They all wear helmets of different design, but all correct for the period. The Celts often seem to have put ornate objects on their helmets, and the plume, horns and even the bird are all known to have been used. However such complicated items as the bird would have been unusual, so if a large unit is to be made up with these figures then some should have the decoration removed.

All the shields are moulded with the figures, which avoids problems with fitting but forces some compromise with the shield arm - in all cases the elbow is unnaturally held high in the air. All are undecorated except for the spine, which gets our approval, though apparently the shield was usually held with the spine horizontal.

The two horse poses are both properly fitted out with a four-pommel saddle and decorations hanging from the harness, though sometimes the severed heads of previous victims were also hung in this way. All the poses look realistic, and the riders fit their mounts well enough.

Detail on these men is reasonable, as is the sculpting, and though there is some flash it is no more than on most other sets. The limited number of poses means large formations of these figures tend to look too regimented, when in fact a Celtic charge was a wild mass of men, but these figures, though a little smaller, work well with the Italeri Celtic Cavalry. In general these figures would represent the more well off members of Celtic military society, and would be more typical in the later part of the period, but they would certainly have a place in many a battle either against or allied to the Romans.


Ratings

Historical Accuracy 9
Pose Quality 7
Pose Number 6
Sculpting 8
Mould 8

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