Adam has completely remade the cataphract horses for the soon to be released successor cavalry. They are bigger in all aspects when compared to the Parthian cataphract mounts. We decided to do this as many have commented on the smallness of the older models. When we were making them the finds at Dura Europos pointed out that the horses were small as demonstrated by the set of horse armour on an ass/donkey. However we agree that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and have now given peeps the choice over large beasts or the original smaller casts. There are 9 different variants with the 07 pack doubling in the 12 figure unit deals(Adam intended that they be the front rank). The first set due I believe are the line cataphracts but as we all know it will depend on Adam. There will be 1/2 armoured horses as well to carry the Companions and earlier Agema. We hope to get them and the remaining infantry finished asap to allow progress on the next range.
Adam arrived this morning with the Mounted Commanders. All now in the shop. Been a tad busy this week and the turnaround on orders has slipped a bit, if you are waiting for them to drop through your door I think all will be up to date by Tuesday.
Slideshow of the three Successors.
Adam added the following packs to fill gaps in the later Successor commands. They have been modeled on certain features that can be used to identify them with certain commanders but as we have found they all copied one another so they are also fairly generic. The two full command sets have the two most famous while we decided to add the single figures to further the choice, we will exchange the commanders if requested eg SUC16 in set SUC14. Hope that makes sense.
We added the linothorax standing figures to the store in various guises. The figure was created to fill gaps in the ranges and so we can now offer Thorakitai/Thureophoroi in linothorax, Late period Hoplites, and imitation legionaries in the lighter armour. Other uses could be for eastern late republican legionaries as shown on the Glanum monument (although we think they are Pontic or Seleucid Imitation legionaries) which are shown with the unusual helmets and round hoplons. We can vary the packs to suit needs so just ask.
We have completed the cavalry for now, Thorakitai, Thureophoroi and Thracian next. After that we will complete the Hellenistics for now by adding Seleucid Companions, Agema and line cataphracts. Once they are finished it will be the Early Byzantines (yes I know we have all been waiting for them..lol).
This batch of cavalry come in mixed armours and mail with a command set. The variation is completed by using the different heads sets. Adam designed the figures to represent the troops gathered up in Southern Italy by both the Romans and Carthage, they will also prove useful in successor armies as Italian Merc. When the Attic helmets are added they become Carthaginians, the unit deal is a mix of armour to represent the spoils of war. If you want more mail then the packs are available in mail or mixed armour.
Adam delivered the Breastplate armoured cavalry with cloaks yesterday. They are now in production and the store has the photos of the packs. The figures are headless which allows us to expand on their usage by selecting the sets of heads that go with each pack, add a shield and a spear rather than a lance and they change again. They are a direct replacement for the old PYR13-14+15 packs and we added seleucid, Ptolemaic, Macedonian sets as well. Anyway here are the photos.
We decided to take a small diversion and do some Indian Crew for the elephants, we have no intention of expanding this to include infantry or cavalry.
There are 2 crews which can be mixed, the archers are 2 part and have their bows cast separately. The legs have been carefully crafted to fit in either the front, middle or back position on the elephants.