Sunday, April 15, 2012

Warlord Games releases new Assyrian Cavalry for Hail Caesar

How could I not mention new releases this month from Warlord Miniatures have what every army needs, that is if you like historical Assyrian forces. Warlord released Assyrian Qurubuti Cavalry for Hail Caesar, both spearmen and archers to lead your forces into battle.

These guys are sculpted nicely and come in packs of three for £8.00. There is also a command group available for the same price and a regiment pack that contains 6 mounted metal figures armed with spears and include a command group.

The  Qurubuti were the personal bodyguard of the king, or prince. They would be very well trained and likely veterans or members of Assyrian nobility. Heavily armoured in iron and bronze and riding a felt or leather barded horse, they would be a formidable opponent. The fully armoured horse only appeared towards the end of the Neo-Assyrian empire, most likely to protect the valuable mount against the new threat of the steppe horse archers.

It appears that Assyrian cavalry units were equipped with spear and bow. The spearmen carried a bow in their quiver, presumably these were used when the spear was broken or lost. The Assyrian King Sargon II reigned from 722–705 BC and at times went to battle accompanied only by his Qurubut, of which the cavalry numbered 1000.

For you history buffs, here's a relief of Sargon II and dignitary, from a wall of the palace at Dur Sharrukin in Assyria.

Have a Great Battle!
THe Old Crow

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