Etruscan Elite Cavalry 1

£12.00

3 x 28mm metal Etruscan Heavy Cavalry. Supplied unbased and unpainted. You will need to supply your own wire spears.

SKU: ETRCAV1 Category:

Description

At the very top of the social scale in Etruscan society were the Hippeis, the mounted men. To own and maintain a war horse was incredibly expensive, and Etruscan Cavalry would flaunt their wealth, wearing equally expensive armour and equipment. The Romans thought the Etruscan Cavalry incredibly numerous (relatively) and extremely war-like. Much Etruscan iconography shows mounted warriors riding down Barbarians (usually shown as naked Gauls, the epitome of savagery for such well bred Hellenophiles). However, as ornate and resplendent as they appear, there is very little written references to Etruscan Cavalry, and they are hardly ever mentioned in terms of their roles in battle. It may have been that they fought more as mounted infantry rather than out and out ‘shock’ Cavalry, although as mentioned the iconography doesn’t support this.

This set represents 3 heavily armoured and adorned ‘Hippeis’, including one warrior in full faced helmet (copied from an example in the Vatican Museum in Rome). Set complete with horses and shields. Supplied unassembled, unbased and unpainted. You will need to supply your own wire spears.

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