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MrZorro29 Apr 2021 7:07 a.m. PST

I just bought the Gripping Beast Saracens Starter Warband Set and I noticed that the Arab horses minis have something wrapped in their tails. What is this? What is it for? Thanks, cheers.

Legionarius29 Apr 2021 8:15 a.m. PST

At least in the Muslim West and Al-Andalus, many Muslim warriors dressed up their horses with ornaments such as ribbons, tassels, and even bells. They were well-dressed for battle. Not so the grim Almoravids and Almohades. They were the 11th and 12th century Taliban. Cheers!

GurKhan29 Apr 2021 8:49 a.m. PST

Is it not simply the knotted tail? Cf. link

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP29 Apr 2021 8:57 a.m. PST

It is probably a combination of both -- the tail being knotted and decorations woven into or attached to the knot.


MrZorro30 Apr 2021 8:39 a.m. PST

Hi guys, thanks for the replies, very interesting fact that appearance was important for them and I am sure they wore such extravagant outfits with honor and pride.

After receiving in the mail the nice looking decals-shields I am sure this will be the most colorful and flashy Army in my historical minis collection. Cheers!

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