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"Foundry Eastern Auxillary Archers" Topic

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Leadjunky Supporting Member of TMP27 Nov 2017 8:30 p.m. PST

My Romans are for Caesar's time. Would the Syrian archer figures be suitable for Rome's enemies such as Pontic mercenary archers or even earlier Sellucid?

GurKhan28 Nov 2017 2:06 a.m. PST

Do you mean these guys link and/or link ?

Based on Trajan's Column; some historians argue that they don't represent anything accurately but are pure artistic inventions; certainly they don't seem to be represented quite like this in any other source. Personally, I wouldn't use them for Pontics (don't see the long skirt being likely in that area) nor Seleucids (the Roman short sword and the framed helmet seem out of period). But I don't think anyone's going to laugh and point fingers if you do.

Prince Rupert of the Rhine28 Nov 2017 3:17 a.m. PST

Late era Seleucid archers are most likely to be Cretans (not necessarily from Crete but that time it was more a style of soldier than a nationality) which would mean a light archer with short sword, small shield and no armour. Early Seleucid might have "Persian" archers but they would most likely look like late Persians in Median dress ( ie trousers).

Leadjunky Supporting Member of TMP28 Nov 2017 9:22 p.m. PST

Thanks. I have plenty of Greek and Cretan Bowmen so I guess I am covered.

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