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Upcoming: Medieval - Islamic Cavalry

Medieval - Islamic Cavalry

Here we have the first 3 rider renders and the 4 horses for our upcoming Islamic heavy cavalry set. There will be a total of 6 riders, so we are only half way!


These are going to represent the Seljuk and Syrian heavy cavalry of the 12th to 13th Centuries. There will be a mix of armour styles of mail and lamellar and varying helmets from all enclosing mail hoods with elaborate spiked helmets to open faced helmets with turbans.


The bow cases and arrow quivers will be optional as Arab heavy cavalry did not use the bow but Seljuk Askaris did. There will be a few bow firing arms included as well as swords, spears, lances, axes and maces.

Seljuk Turks formed a large proportion of any Amir’s household troops in Syria and Egypt and so we will be including some Seljuk heads with their distinctive hair in three braids, two to the side of the head and one down the back. We have included the Seljuk fur cap called the Sharbush worn by Chieftains and apparently Saladin wore one over the top of his helmet or mail hood. 


Swords will be a mix of the straight bladed type but also the curved sabre and there will be plenty of shield options.


For further flexibility you will be able to combine a lot of the heads, shields and weapons from this set with the very versatile Norman cavalry set to create some more varieties of Arab cavalry. Islamic armies made great use of captured Crusader armour, weapons and shields so there is no reason a Norman cavalry figure with the addition of a turbaned head, Islamic shield and weapon arm could not ride along in your Fatamid Egyptian cavalry units.

5 Responses

Hideyoshi Darrol

Hideyoshi Darrol

April 03, 2024

Nicholas Petrou, By the look of the renders above, these are not Mamluks but Ayyubids, still with a great deal of Kurdish and especially (Seljuk) Turkic influence. So, from about the time of Salah ad-Din Yusuf ibn Ayyub and before the Mamluk state was created in Egypt. The shields? They will be made of wood with rawhide stretched over the top like all shields of the time.

Charlie Farrugia

Charlie Farrugia

March 30, 2024

I have recently purchased the “Advancing Roman Legionary’s” of the early imperial period as I have a profound interest in ancient Roman military strategy, history and just Roman history in general.
I know one of my good friends may like the idea of owning some of these Arab miniature figures as he is interested in ancient and modern Arab history (particularly religious and military)

Eduard Domingo

Eduard Domingo

March 25, 2024

It’s nice to see a bit of muslim range. Looking forward to see the full range!

WILLIAM MACKAY

WILLIAM MACKAY

March 24, 2024

I am really looking forward to both crusadser and islamic forces being released . When can we expect them .
Nicholas Petrou

Nicholas Petrou

March 23, 2024

Hello,

Having done historical research on this matter (looking at David Nicolle’s work concerning the Citadel of Damascus collection), I would like to provide feedback. In particular:

- Mamluk heavy cavalry was barded (like their western counterparts) and would have been made of cloth (similarly to what we stereotypocally see) or hyde (particularly what might appear to be hyde strips).
- The fully metal shields, from what I understand, would not have existed in the late medieval period (happy to see the evidence to suggest otherwise).

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