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Sgt Troy08 Mar 2022 5:59 p.m. PST

Does anyone make 28mm figures of Huns, or their allies, with the characteristic elongated skulls? Presumably this deformation prevented the wearing a helmet, so some sort of cap would cover it and so would not visible on a figure unless bareheaded. Are there any Central or South American figures with this feature?

The Last Conformist08 Mar 2022 11:59 p.m. PST

Why'd it prevent the wearing of a helmet? It would seem simple to make helmets adapted to the shape?

GurKhan09 Mar 2022 5:50 a.m. PST

According to the contemporary testimony of Sidonius, this was done specifically to make the head fit the helmet. Which may very well be nonsense, but at least shows that he expected them to wear helmets.

Sgt Troy09 Mar 2022 5:55 a.m. PST

Possible, of course, but have any of such helmets been found?
Some Hunnic skulls are very elongated. BTW, sorry for the multiple post! In my defence, I'm sixtyfive, it was the early hours and I had become acquainted with very nice Chilean Merlot!

Swampster09 Mar 2022 7:59 a.m. PST

I think a 'standard' helmet from that era would fit the deformed skull at link . I wonder if anyone has tested the fit of helmets to skulls of this shape.

There is a nice Alxon figure studied here PDF link
Whether or not the Alxons were relatives of the Western Huns, they also used cranial deformation. The author of this paper surmises whether the figure may have a deformed skull. He can only conclude with 'possibly' but it shows the author believes a helmet of this sort is compatible with a deformed skull.

There are some forms of elongation in other parts of the world where I could see making a helmet would be a problem.

Sgt Troy09 Mar 2022 11:46 a.m. PST

Interesting Swampster, I think the backward slope of the forehead is so distinctive that any helmet to fit would be pretty obvious. I remember reading somewhere that young men in Constantinople shaved their hairlines to emulate the Hun deformation, youth rebellion is nothing new!

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