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Set 8055

Spanish Cavalry

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released 2003
Contents 12 mounted figures and 12 horses
Poses 4 poses, 2 horse poses
Material Plastic (Medium Consistency)
Colours Light Tan
Average Height 24 mm (= 1.73 m)

Review

As befitted an empire, the armies of Carthage were made up of contingents from all its parts, which included a well-regarded contingent of both infantry and cavalry from what is now Spain.

Spanish cavalry mostly wore a short tunic with a wide belt, and either a helmet or a cap made of sinew. They carried a small round central hand grip shield called a caetra or, more rarely, a larger oval scutum shield. They were armed with a javelin or spear and a sword, which was often the distinctive curved falcata. The four figures in this set are thus attired and armed, and all aspects have been properly sculpted. One of the men carries his caetra on his back, which is correct, and the man with the scutum is wearing armour, which marks him out for a heavier role than the rest. One man has been given a spear with a boar on top. This is an effort to maximise the use of the pose by either trimming the boar off to leave a spear, or trimming the spear point down to leave a standard bearer - an excellent idea.

Spanish horses had no saddle but simply a saddle cloth held by a girth strap, and the animals in this set reflect this arrangement correctly. The horses are nicely proportioned and have a realistic gait, and all the riders sit on them comfortably.

Flash is minimal for the most part and detail is clear and sharp. Though the costume is by no means elaborate it has been well done with realistic folds in the cloth and good texture on the armour. Minor details have not been missed either, such as the knife that was kept on the scabbard of the falcata - a difficult thing to do given the position of the scabbard in relation to the mould.

This is yet another good set from a company that manages to maintain its standards despite the large amount of output it produces. The Spanish cavalry were an important part of most Carthaginian armies (and on occasion those of Rome as well), and this useful set fills another gap in their ranks.

Ratings

Historical Accuracy 10
Pose Quality 9
Pose Number 6
Sculpting 10
Mould 9

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