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Piyan Glupak30 Jul 2020 4:30 a.m. PST

Has anyone got any ideas on where I could get 15mm figures in for a Vietnamese army of roughly 400 BC? Army lists exist for such an army, but I don't seem to be having much luck in finding specifically ancient Vietnamese figures, or clear and authoritative descriptions of what the soldiers would have looked like.

Are the Essex packs CHO20, CHO21 and CHO22 suitable?


I want the Vietnamese army as an alternative enemy for my Warring States Chinese Yueh and Chu armies.

Thanks in advance for any information.

GurKhan30 Jul 2020 4:52 a.m. PST

This is the period of the Dong Son culture in northern Vietnam – google "Dong Son" and you get all sorts of stuff to wade through. It is very hard to find good evidence about warriors of this period, which is probably why no-one makes dedicated figures. There are some depictions on the bronze drums and other Dong Son bronze art, but they aren't very detailed. Some do show the "pediform" or boot-shaped" axe characteristic of the period – link – and some seem to show high feather plumes, possibly ceremonial – link

The Chinese sources tend to describe men of this region wearing their hair tied up in a "mallet-shaped" bun, which would be a problem with the Essex "Chinese barbarians" you link to.

Piyan Glupak30 Jul 2020 5:16 a.m. PST

Thanks GurKhan, that gives me at least something to start looking at. Pity about the Essex packs. Sometimes it is easier to have a go at adjusting weapons than heads.

battle master30 Jul 2020 6:31 a.m. PST

Essex CHO 17 and 18 have the 'bun' so could be adapted. I think this is the only option.

Piyan Glupak30 Jul 2020 7:22 a.m. PST

Thanks for your advice, battle master. It looks as if CHO18 includes a few archers, which would be useful.

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