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Raimondo25 Jan 2021 3:59 a.m. PST

Who makes figures that would be suitable for the Umbrians of late 4th Century/early 3rd Century BC. They seem pitched between the Etruscans, Latins and Samnites but would any one style dominate?
Also why are they still classified as Irregular for DBMM when there neighbours cease to be?

GurKhan25 Jan 2021 4:37 a.m. PST

As to the DBMM question, I think the Umbrians were forgotten about.

I don't think we have a clear idea of how they looked and fought, so it is hard to suggest figures. The Mars of Todi, for instance – link – is probably an Etruscan work for an Umbrian market – does that mean it is armed the way Umbrian dignitaries would be? Some modern reconstructions look much wilder – link for instance – but I don't really know on what evidence.

So I think you have to decide what you want your Umbrians to look like first, and then look for figures!

DrSkull25 Jan 2021 10:36 a.m. PST

Umbrian pisipumpe is equivalent to Latin quiscumque "whoever" (maybe it was Oscan)

(the only Umbrian I remember from grad school)

Raimondo26 Jan 2021 8:52 a.m. PST

"So I think you have to decide what you want your Umbrians to look like first, and then look for figures!"

I like that advice! Hopefully I couldn't be too far out with Crusader Oscans for the warriors/spear and Aventine Etruscans for the hoplites and cavalry.

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