Expeditionary Force - Latest Release Update - Early Germanic Command & Cavalry
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Greetings from Singapore!
Very pleased to inform you of the release of two new sets in the “60mm Wars of the Roman Empire – Early Germans” range.
- 60 GMS 02 Germanic Cavalry
- 60 GMS 03 Tribal Command (Early Germans)
All models are supplied unpainted.
The sets will be available for shipment later this week (15 June 2020) or early next week.
Early Germans (Germanic Symmachiarii)
The Germanic tribes fought against both the Romans and the Celts. Many of them also served with the Roman army as Barbarian Symmachiarii units; (symmachiarii = sympathizers, or allies). These are auxiliary units but are not equipped or trained in Roman methods.
The famous exploits of the Germans include the wanderings of the Cimbri, the defeat of the Romans at Teutoburger Wald by Arminius of the Cherusci; the invasion of Britain and the Civilis Rebellion of the Batavi.
German cavalry was commented to have been better horsemen than the Celts and thus many were recruited as auxiliary of the Roman commanders. German native horses however were said to be rather small and thus many were re-mounted with Roman cavalry horses. The Germans also disliked saddles and consider them effeminate.
60 GMS 02 Germanic Cavalry
The set contains 5 model soldiers plus 5 horse models comprising of 1 armoured chieftain and 4 unarmoured horsemen. The heads and arms are inter-changeable to permit assembly of varied action postures. These can also be swapped with those in the other sets of the GMS series, especially GMS 03 to assemble mounted officers, standard-bearers and horn-blowers.
Germanic cavalrymen are comprised of the tribal aristocracy and their armed retainers. However, even so, only the very wealthy can afford to have body armour, usually traded from the Celts or Romans. We have chosen to provide the chief with a Celtic chainmail corselet common among Roman auxiliaries.
The most famous of the Germanic cavalry was the Batavi, who served with the Romans in the conquest of Britain.
The main weapon of the Germanic cavalry is the javelin known as the framea. It is used both for stabbing and for throwing.
Their main protective armament is a shield of wood covered with leather. The characteristic shape of the shield is the hexagon, although rectangular and round shields are not uncommon.
Note the Suebian-knot hairstyle that is unique to the Germans and serves as a clear distinction from the Celts. It is also a common Germanic fashion to strap the lower legs of their trousers.
60 GMS 03 Tribal Command (Early Germans)
The set contains 8 model soldiers plus 2 horse models comprising of 2 mounted and 2 foot chieftains, and 4 unarmoured warriors in tunic. The heads and arms are inter-changeable to permit permutation of various action postures. Various extra heads, arms and accessories are provided to allow for the assembly of officers, champions (axemen), standard-bearers and horn-blowers.
The standard bearer wears an animal head as is common among many ancient tribal people. This probably has superstitious significance or could simply be a mark of a ferocious warrior. We have chosen a wild boar head for this purpose. The unique shape of the horn comes from a few Victorian period art depicting Arminius at the Teutoburger Wald. It is probably the horn of an oxen or similar.
The Germans are weak numerically in cavalry and the Suebian, at least, often supplement the ranks of its cavalry with runners who would run alongside the horsemen and join in the melee with the enemy. In rapid movement, these runners would hold on to the mane or tails of the horses to keep pace.
With the release of these sets, the Germanic series of box-sets is complete. We have plans to expand the Roman range in due course with a series on the Roman Eastern Legions (in chainmail armour), Syrian archers, Sarmatian cataphracts, Numidian light horse and civil war gladiators.
The next set in the production queue is the British 95th Rifles (54 BRT 11) to be released in July 2020.
These riflemen use a special short barrel rifle rather than the long smooth-bore musket of the infantry. They are trained marksmen and their specialty is to pick-out officers and NCOs from a long range (200 yards) rather than to engage in massed musketry or in a bayonet charge. Accordingly, we design our set of models in a skirmishing scenario without marching or charging poses more suited to the line infantrymen.
The current plan is to release the medieval armed peasants after the riflemen in August 2020 before starting the WW2 Japanese sets in September.
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