The Romans adopted many traditions from the Etruscans, one of which was the ‘Triumph’ – a celebration for a successful General where they would parade through Rome in a chariot, to the applause and acclaim of the Citizens of the City.
The root of this custom is thought to have derived from the Etruscan Kings parading before and after battle in a Chariot, such that the army could see them and know of their martial prowess and splendour. Several ceremonial and more utilitarian one man chariots have been found in Etruscan tombs which would serve very little practical purpose other than to convey a notable individual in style. Whether this was actually used in Battle or not is unknown – given the Etruscan’s fascination with all things Hellenic, it may have been a throwback to the age of Homeric heroes who would ride chariots to the front line, before dismounting and fighting on foot.
This model is based on a chariot currently on display in the Vatican Museum of Etruscan artefacts.
This set includes one 28mm King complete with Aspis shield, 2 metal horses and a 1 man chariot in laser-cut mdf. You will need to supply your own wire spear. Supplied unassembled, unpainted and unbased.