These are the Sumerian Spearmen as seen on the Stele of Vultures from the city of Lagash. From the Stele it appears they are ranked up 8 men wide by 6 files deep. It is possible that the front rank spearmen did not carry a spear, but rather carried only an axe and a large body shield to protect the rear ranks of the phalanx. However, this is purely dependant on how the Stele is interpreted, as there is no other source of pictorial evidence. As some wargames rules only provide for 2 actual ranks of spearmen to represent the body of spearmen, the visual impact of a phalanx of thrusting spears would be lost if only the rear rank had a spear. These Spearmen are without Shield.
The figures can be used as the main battle-line infantry of the Early Sumerian, Early Syrian and Early Elamite armies of the Early Bronze Age from c.2,500 - c.2,300 BCE. They are dressed in wool, felt or leather kilts as was the norm in this period.
Pack contains 8 Figures (nominally 2 of each type pictured, though variations may occur)