Early City-State Spearmen with Shield


Early City-State Spearmen with Shield

Product no.: EMB28

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£12.00 / pack(s)


These are the Sumerian Spearmen as seen on the Stele of Vultures from the city of Lagash. From the Stele it appears the phalanx is ranked up 8 men wide and 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 spears would be lost if only the rear rank had a spear. It is possible therefore that the weight of the shield was taken by a strap attached to the shield and which hung over the shoulder. Indeed the strap or straps on the Spearmen on the Stele may represent this.

They can be used as the main battle-line infantry of the Sumerian, Early Syrian and Early Elamite armies of the Early Bronze Age from c.2,500 - c.2,250 BCE. They are dressed in wool, felt or leather kilts and armed with long thrusting spear and a large shield. The shields in this pack are separate. They have a small hole in the back which neatly attaches to a nodule on the spearman's arm and which will need to be attached with glue. It is recommended superglue is used, and once dried, if you wish, further cemmented with white PVA, for a stronger bond.

Pack contains 8 Figures (nominally 2 of each type pictured, though variations may occur)

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