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The Alamanni Cavalry

By smacdowall, Apr 7 2021 04:17PM

Fresh off my painting table are some Alamanni nobles circa AD 350. Ammianus Marcellinus describes the Alamanni cavalry riding into battle “interspersed with light armed foot”. This is what I have attempted to recreate here.

The Alamanni incorporated some of the Suebi, famous for their topknot hair style. Therefore I feel comfortable using some figures with topknots (marketed as Franks). Whether some Alamanni also shaved the back of their heads as some Franks are recorded as doing is not known.

The miniatures are a mix of Foundry, Gripping Beast plastics, and First Corps with a few head swaps. The standard is a First Corps Celtic horse standard with a twist of foil cut from a wine bottle top to represent red streamers. I have deliberately given them a mix of Roman and native equipment.

In order to give the unit a coherent look I have used a limited colour palate with various shades of red and natural wool or linen. The shields all have a predominantly black background.

I am looking forward to seeing how they perform on the games table before too long.

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