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Bindon Blood28 Nov 2018 4:58 a.m. PST

In my mind the richer warriors would wear a helm, a short sleeved mail coat and under that a long sleeved tunic and carrying a shield.

Poorer warriors or earlier warriors would probably not have the mail and might not have the helm and may have the phygian cap intead.

Oh, and while some may have a sword, everyone would carry a saex.

With the exception of saexes for all, you can pretty much get this look using the Gripping Beast plastics.

so, on the whole I am happy, but looking at other ranges, I see a short sleeved overcoat seems to crop up regularly. This also features in the Gripping Beast Dark Age Cavalry pack too. But is it historical for either?

GurKhan28 Nov 2018 6:30 a.m. PST

I asked about the decorated short-sleeved over-tunic on TMP in 2015 – TMP link – a propos of depictions of similar garments on Burgundians.

Aethelflaeda was framed28 Nov 2018 8:17 a.m. PST

I'd say the spear would be omnipresent. Axes as well.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP28 Nov 2018 11:56 a.m. PST

Spears and Seaxes for the vast majority, I think the Dane Axe only became a Saxon weapon in the 11th century, mostly in units of Huscarls. Bows used by a minority, and these seem to have been used within the Shield-wall for the most part.
Here is a link to Regia Anglorum – a must for wargamers interested in this period link
and link

Personal logo jhancock Supporting Member of TMP28 Nov 2018 4:56 p.m. PST

What period? 6th Century, 10th?

Bindon Blood29 Nov 2018 5:07 a.m. PST

Thanks Gurkan, so mainly because they look 'good' rather than accuracy. :)

I know that The Late Anglo-Saxon Army by Stephenson shows the Saxons in long sleeved tunics, but I suppose that (if you are being fair) fashions can change in 300 years..

Bindon Blood29 Nov 2018 5:09 a.m. PST

jhancock, I was thinking the whole range of the Anglo Saxon kingdoms. Yes I know fashions could change, but you see this short sleeved coat in ranges that cover the whole period.

Aethelflaeda was framed29 Nov 2018 6:10 a.m. PST

Summer vs winter fashions change too.

Bindon Blood30 Nov 2018 5:20 a.m. PST

Aethelflaeda, true, but it is not exactly a practical winter outfit.

I suspect it is just a way for manufacturers to add 'interest'

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