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Anton Ryzbak20 Jun 2018 7:57 a.m. PST

I finally got around to getting started with this kit and put up a photo review before I took a whack at building them


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wrgmr120 Jun 2018 8:50 a.m. PST

Thanks for your review! I might add these to my late Roman army.

jeffreyw320 Jun 2018 1:05 p.m. PST

Thanks, Anton. Do you know how these match up with Footsore's Late Roman cavalry? Can I mix and match?

advocate20 Jun 2018 1:31 p.m. PST

What size are the horses? The usual big beasts, or more like ponies? I'm in favour of the latter for Dark Age cavalry in Britain at least.

Anton Ryzbak20 Jun 2018 2:49 p.m. PST


I'm not familiar with the Footsore product, I will get a side by side with some Perry's and Conquest as well as take pictures against a scaled backdrop tonight. My impression is that they are slightly smaller than Conquest but a bit beefier

Anton Ryzbak20 Jun 2018 7:05 p.m. PST

I got a side by side comparison up on my blog here is the photo



Wulfgar20 Jun 2018 7:20 p.m. PST

I can't speak to a direct comparison between these plastic horses and the metal Footsore ones, but in my very recent experience, the metal Gripping Beast, Footsore, metal Warlord (Ex-Saxon miniatures), and Perry metal horses all match up very nicely. In fact, I can't actually tell the difference between them, and get them mixed up all the time.

Codsticker20 Jun 2018 11:17 p.m. PST

I actually quite like that Lace Wars pony – probably better suited for the dark ages horseman.

Anton Ryzbak21 Jun 2018 5:30 a.m. PST

Codsticker, you are probably right in that. The Warlord (ex Wargames Factory) horse looks like a very large Shetland pony, too bad about the molded-on saddlery it would be useful for many conversions.

I was thinking the period of 1670-1720; the fashion during the period of the Lace Wars was for the horse to have a very full body, long neck and small head……they actually went out of their way to breed horses that looked that way.

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