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Set 8085

Gothic Cavalry

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released 2005
Contents 12 figures and 12 horses
Poses 4 poses, 2 horse poses
Material Plastic (Medium Consistency)
Colours Grey
Average Height 23 mm (= 1.66 m)

Review

The various Goth tribes were a major part of the 'barbarians' encountered by the Romans, and at various times were to be found either fighting with them or against them. Perhaps the most famous Gothic cavalry action was at Adrianople in 378 CE, but they were a factor in the Roman world for several centuries.

Most of the poses are wielding spears and are well realised. Two have ring hands into which the separate weapon fits, and all have the shield moulded with the figure rather than separate. Both the spear and the large round shield are standard Goth weapons, and have been correctly done here. The men wear tunics and trousers, which is again correct dress, but the first man in our picture stands out as he wears a mail shirt and a decorated helmet. He also carries a sword rather than a spear, all of which identify him as an individual of some wealth and probably a leader of some sort as both mail and swords were expensive items. However later in the period both armour and swords became more common, particularly when they could be looted from Roman armouries.

The two horse poses are both fine and they have all the proper saddles and harness. As usual with HaT the men sit on the horses well, although the figure leaning down with his spear is sufficiently twisted in his body to be actually endangering his horse's head rather than any opponent.

The detail on these figures is very good and nice and clear. Flash is minimal and there is no excess material that needs to be removed. The separate spears are nice and straight and of the correct length, and they fit perfectly into the ring hands without any filing.

By the time of Adrianople many Goths would have been armoured, and in fact for various reasons would have much resembled their Roman opponents, but for the centuries before that these figures are a good representation of these important warriors. This is a classic HäT set, with a small number of poses but properly researched, well sculpted and technically well produced. Yet another useful addition to the range of plastic figures for the Roman Empire.

Ratings

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

Further Reading
Books
"Adrianople AD 378" - Osprey (Campaign Series No.84) - Simon MacDowall - 9781841761473
"Barbarians" - Concord - Tim Newark - 9789623616348
"Germanic Warrior AD 236 - 568" - Osprey (Warrior Series No.17) - Simon MacDowall - 9781855325869
"Rome's Enemies: Germanics and Dacians" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.129) - Peter Wilcox - 9780850454734
"The Armies and Enemies of Imperial Rome" - Wargames Research Group - Phil Barker - 9780904417173
"Warriors of Eurasia" - Montvert - Mikhael V Gorelik - 9781874101079

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