Etruscan Class I Warriors Composite


6 x 28mm metal figures, including Aspis shields. Unassembled, unpainted and unbased.

SKU: ETR1COMP Category:


These Warriors would be the Elite of Etruscan Society – rather than being overtly Hellenic in appearance however, many images of Etruscans from this period show ‘Composite’ Armour rather than plate or Linothorax. This unique looking armour is an enigma – no-one seems entirely sure quite what the imagery showing it represents. The theory is that it is likely some form of ‘organic’ armour; either leather or cotton padded to make it light, yet protective (think Medieval Gambeson or similar). Although rarely shown, it is possible that the Romans also used organic composite armour such as this. Being organic, no surviving examples have been found. However, a relatively cheap organic armour entirely makes sense for the period. The armour seems to have been kept in place with broad, bronze or leather embossed belts, adding extra protection and allowing the weight of the garment to be better carried.

These warriors would form the Core of the Etruscan Army, representing their Lord’s familial or Household troops. They would form around their leaders in a phalanx formation, to drive their foes from the field.

6 metal 28mm figures, complete with Aspis shields. Supplied unassembled, unpainted and unbased. You will need to supply your own wire spears.


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