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nnascati Supporting Member of TMP22 Mar 2021 9:48 a.m. PST

So I am painting a DBA army for a commission, Eastern Forest Indians circa 1100 AD. I am struck by the similarity between the appearance of the wooden armor worn by the noble warriors, and that of Mycenaean Greeks from the Trojan War era. They have a full chest plate, thigh covering and even wooden greaves. The most unusual part is the headgear. Again made of wood, it looks an awful lot like the typical Boar tusk helmet worn by Homeric warriors.

See for yourselves –


79thPA Supporting Member of TMP22 Mar 2021 11:09 a.m. PST

More of a matter of using what you have to protect your noggin than cross-cultural pollination.




Frederick Supporting Member of TMP22 Mar 2021 11:34 a.m. PST

Good point – there is only so much you can do with wood when it comes to making armour

khanscom22 Mar 2021 1:11 p.m. PST

I've also seen illustrations of Siberian tribesmen who used wooden armor similar in style to Japanese. For an interesting alternate (sort of) background for North American primitive warfare Barry Fell's "America, B.C." is worth a read.

Personal logo Dan Cyr Supporting Member of TMP22 Mar 2021 1:16 p.m. PST

Check out some of the wood armor worn by American Indians prior and after for a short time when the European arrived.

Dagwood23 Mar 2021 6:48 a.m. PST

Have y'all seen the article in WI399 (latest issue), Russians vs Tlingit in (Russian) Alaska ?

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2021 10:30 a.m. PST

Someone (don't remember who) used to make a line of figures for it.

I've got a copy of this book:


wargamingUSA26 Mar 2021 2:35 p.m. PST

There is an amazing thread, well two actually, over on LAF about the Tlingits. One of the threads is the whole project leading up to the WI 399 article.

Zebcook07 May 2021 10:39 a.m. PST

The miniatures are made by Varang out of Russia. They have a page on FB. I've never ordered from them.

There's also -- they have Pacific Northwest figures which include some interesting armors.I have ordered from them with good results.

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