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Offline Ockius

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Cavalry recommendations: Gallic, Numidian, Roman
« on: April 01, 2020, 12:07:08 PM »
Hi everyone,
I have a few ancient armies I am building up, but at present I am looking for some cavalry who could serve as troops or auxiliaries/mercenaries for my Massilian Greek force or my Roman force. I am thinking Gauls or Numidians, or possibly native Romans or Greeks (but my thinking is that Caesar mostly used non-Roman cavalry, and I have presumed that Massilia probably also would have hired foreigners to support their Greek phalanx infantry - this is how I am thinking of themeing my army anyway).

The main condition is: these cavalry must fit the scale of my existing troops. I have Warlord infantry (smallish 28mm), some Warlord Gallic cavalry, and some Crusader and Foundry German cavalry (fairly standard 28mm). I bought some Armorum and Aquila Gallic horsemen (by Mark Sims I think) who were far too small and look a bit silly, and I am apprehensive that the Victrix Gallic cavalry (though excellent sculpts and value) will be far too big.

Anyone got any recommendations?

Anyone know if the Crusader Gallic cavalry is on the small side? (It is by Mark Sims who did the A&A stuff so I thought it might be, but my Crusader Germans are about the right size)
My armies:
- Ancient Germans (28mm)
- Ancient Belgae (Gauls with German allies) (28mm)
- Massilian Greeks (Greeks and Gallic mercenaries/subjects) (28mm)
- Early Imperial Romans (28mm)
- WW2 British (15mm)
- A load of old 1993-1999ish Warhammer Orcs and Goblins!

Offline Hu Rhu

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Re: Cavalry recommendations: Gallic, Numidian, Roman
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2020, 02:44:54 PM »
Foundry do some nice Numidian cavalry, whih are slightly smaller then Victrix, so should probably fit well.  They also do some Greek cavalry in the older range.  Again should fit well as should the Macedonians especially the Thracians.

Warlord Games have taken over the Warlord Factory lines but I am not sure if the Gallic cavalry are still availabe.  Ebay might be your friend here.


Offline Ockius

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Re: Cavalry recommendations: Gallic, Numidian, Roman
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2020, 04:12:25 PM »
Foundry do some nice Numidian cavalry, whih are slightly smaller then Victrix, so should probably fit well.  They also do some Greek cavalry in the older range.  Again should fit well as should the Macedonians especially the Thracians.

Warlord Games have taken over the Warlord Factory lines but I am not sure if the Gallic cavalry are still availabe.  Ebay might be your friend here.

Thanks, I might opt for the Foundry stuff. I do like their models, though the price tag is relatively hefty!

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Re: Cavalry recommendations: Gallic, Numidian, Roman
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2020, 06:37:13 PM »
You have lots of Gallic cavalry from Foundry and they are the same size as the germans.

https://www.wargamesfoundry.com/collections/gauls
« Last Edit: April 01, 2020, 06:39:07 PM by rumacara »

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Re: Cavalry recommendations: Gallic, Numidian, Roman
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2020, 09:15:44 PM »
I really like the crusader Numidians, Germans, Celts and Romans (although native Roman cavalry had disappeared at this stage IMHO)

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Offline WuZhuiQiu

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Re: Cavalry recommendations: Gallic, Numidian, Roman
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2020, 12:05:37 PM »
Might there have been small units of native Roman or Italian cavalry within Italy and Sicily, as bodyguards, escorts, and road patrols, or on latifundia?

Offline Ockius

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Re: Cavalry recommendations: Gallic, Numidian, Roman
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2020, 02:14:04 PM »
You have lots of Gallic cavalry from Foundry and they are the same size as the germans.

https://www.wargamesfoundry.com/collections/gauls

Thanks, the size thing was something I wanted to be sure of before forking out.

Offline Wiegraf

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Re: Cavalry recommendations: Gallic, Numidian, Roman
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2020, 07:39:13 AM »
Could still use victrix Numidians. They are considerably smaller than the rest of the Victoria cavalry. I am in agreement with you - Their cavalry is ridiculously oversized for 28mm even against their own infantry. But their Numidians were done right.





But since you're trying to match the forces you already have, Foundry is probably ideal. You could head swap some of the victrix Numidian cavalry too if you want to convert some greeks.

Offline SteveBurt

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Re: Cavalry recommendations: Gallic, Numidian, Roman
« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2020, 08:48:35 AM »
Foundry Gallic and Numidian cavalry are really nice figures

Offline Ockius

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Re: Cavalry recommendations: Gallic, Numidian, Roman
« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2020, 09:27:35 AM »
Could still use victrix Numidians. They are considerably smaller than the rest of the Victoria cavalry. I am in agreement with you - Their cavalry is ridiculously oversized for 28mm even against their own infantry. But their Numidians were done right.





But since you're trying to match the forces you already have, Foundry is probably ideal. You could head swap some of the victrix Numidian cavalry too if you want to convert some greeks.

Thanks, that's reassuring. I didn't want to take a punt on Victrix only to find that my reputedly very light and nimble pony-riding Numidians were chunkier than my heavy impact horsemen! That would have just looked silly  ??? I think I might go Victrix for my Numidians then, and Foundry for some more Gauls.

Offline seldon

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Re: Cavalry recommendations: Gallic, Numidian, Roman
« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2020, 02:58:26 PM »
Agema also has nice numidians:

https://agemaminiatures.co.uk/shop/numidian-cavalry/

I plan to use Victrix and Agema to have a nice mix...

Offline SJWi

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Re: Cavalry recommendations: Gallic, Numidian, Roman
« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2020, 04:14:29 PM »
What about Warlord's Numidian light cavalry? Nice sculpts and fit well with the Foundry figures.

Offline Ockius

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Re: Cavalry recommendations: Gallic, Numidian, Roman
« Reply #12 on: April 04, 2020, 02:48:08 PM »
Yes thanks guys, I now have the Warlord and Agema Numidians also on my shortlist!

Offline seldon

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Re: Cavalry recommendations: Gallic, Numidian, Roman
« Reply #13 on: April 04, 2020, 06:54:02 PM »
Awesome... two things I like about AGEMA

they look different than many others.. maybe they look more civilized? So you can mix them with others to represent veteran troops.. ( which for Clash of Spears is important as in the list we have the differentiated )..

And the other thing I like.. those holders for javelins that they carry !!

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Re: Cavalry recommendations: Gallic, Numidian, Roman
« Reply #14 on: April 04, 2020, 08:25:46 PM »
The Foundry Numidians are excellent, from the Caesarian Roman range. Sadly the Companion range, which matched them perfectly haven’t been around for a long time.