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Shootmenow02 Dec 2019 3:46 a.m. PST

I'm looking to get back into Ancients gaming and I like the look of the Victrix Germanic warriors as opposition for my friends Romans. However, at present Victrix don't make German Cavalry so I was wondering whether their Gallic Cavalry would be suitable with some head changes from the Germanic Infantry? Thanks for any help.

YogiBearMinis Supporting Member of TMP02 Dec 2019 4:05 a.m. PST

I think one issue is the Gallic Cavalry seems to have mail shirts, which would not have been as prevalent among the Germans.

GurKhan02 Dec 2019 4:29 a.m. PST

The mail is probably the biggest problem. No doubt a few Germans had acquired mail shirts, but they would be very rare.

Germans rode without saddles, but it looks as if the horned saddle is a separate part on the Victrix sprue, so just leave it off. You might also want to do shield swaps along with the head swaps.

I don't know enough about 28mm plastics to recommend any alternatives.

Griefbringer02 Dec 2019 8:32 a.m. PST

Wargames Factory released a set of Ancient German Cavalry once upon a time, though this has been out of production for some years. You might be able to find a box from some odd retailer still.

Alternatively, you could wait a bit and see if Victrix is going to come out with their version of Germanic cavalry.

wmyers03 Dec 2019 9:02 a.m. PST

Are you opposed to metals?

I know plastic cavalry is usually less expensive than metal cavalry, but deals can be had.

Shootmenow03 Dec 2019 3:14 p.m. PST

Thanks for the help everyone, much appreciated. Having thought about it I'll contact Victrix and see whether they intend to bring out Germanic Cavalry. If they are then I think I'll buy and paint up the Gallic Cavalry as Gallic Cavalry and they can stand in as Germans until the Victrix Germanics appear and then I'll move them on.
I'm not averse to metals (having several armies of that type) and, when considering the amount of time I spend painting figures, cost is a relatively minor issue. However, for some time now I've just been pleasantly surprised by the overall quality of the Victrix Ancients range and I haven't yet come across any metal range I like that matches well with them.
Thanks again for the help.

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