Two New Sets - Merovingian Franks and Conquistador Cavalry

Two New Sets - Merovingian Franks and Conquistador Cavalry

Today we wanted to show you the first renders of some of the parts that would go into two new sets!

Merovingian Franks will join the Late Roman Legionaries (1): Lorica Hamata, Goths, and the two Army Builder sets for both of these in our Decline & Fall range. 

And also the Conquistador Cavalry which will complement our Conquistadors set. These will include options for part-armored, unarmored, and full-armored riders. You can of course have all unarmored horses as well  

We welcome your advice on both of these sets below! Not every part may make the final set and some parts may be added or changed before this is finalized for tooling.

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Comments

Victor Mower - August 18, 2021

If at least one of the bodies is changed to 3/4-armoured this set might just work for English cavalry of the mid-16th century. It could cover fully-armoured gentlemen pensioners, dem-lancers, and border horse. A nice balance would be two bodies each per armour style. The set would still work just as well for conquistadors.

The last-mentioned weren’t exclusively mail-armoured; the Osprey book, ‘Henry Vlll’s Army’ features an illustration of a border horseman in a brigandine, but with mail sleeves (I can’t tell from the above image whether mail sleeves are depicted). In fact, full mail-armour seems to have been a late 16th century development.

Scott - July 27, 2021

The sets look great and looking forward to using both. The only concern is the leg length/size of the riders, because the rider looks cartoony on the horse. It might just be the angle, or maybe the horses should be bigger? Just my two cents.

Pierre Lerdou-Udoy - July 21, 2021

At this stage, with more cavalry projects, it becomes necessary to go and see what horses look like in real life…
Ears lying to the sides are a very bad sign. Either the horse has a physical defect (called “oreillard” in french, this horse would never had been accepted into a cavalry corps : too ugly), or it is scared or angry to the point of losing control. Very bad for the rider.
According to ancient and universal criteria : a horse must have ears erect on the head, mobile and attentive. Good ears are the mark of a communicative, intelligent and brave horse.
The criteria are the same in Vienna, Saumur, Sevilla, London, Ottawa, Warsaw or Moscow !

Davide - July 20, 2021

I franchi sono veramente bellissimi peccato non ci siano elmi con protezione oculare.Speriamo di vederli presto!!

Axel - July 18, 2021

The cavalry looks fine, especially with the armour being optional components.

Actually I will use them mainly without, as in the 1520ies and onward armoured horse were for the elite only – even most Gensdarmes did not use them anymore, and these riders clearly are not Gensdarmes.

As regards to the often demanded firearms (pistols) these were used on the battlefields of Europe starting around 1550, so no need to put them in for the historical set. As much of the armor already caters to the fantasy crowd, who will provide for a lot of buyers, you could consider 2-4 pistols and two right arms. No need to offer 5 options for 4 different spear variants for a total of 18 with 5 bodies – cull these down to two per variant for 8, and all will still be happy. Adding two or full helmets for the fully armoured bodies would probably be usefull, too.

The only think I would really appreciate is a head or two for lesser armored horse, perhaps covering only the head, and a leather brestplate. These would probably be more usefull with medium and light cavalry.

Overall these look like they will mix perfectly with the infantry set, and whoever needs mounted crossbow or arquebus can use these parts. I certainly look forward to do this.

On the Franks: Looks like a good set. Finally with a believable set of Franciscas.

John - July 17, 2021

Great work on the Conquistador cavalry guys. I also recommend at least holstered pistols so they can be used as mid to late c16 cavalry.

Pierre Lerdou-Udoy - July 16, 2021

Will the horse-bit remain as large and the bridles as wide as in the picture ?
It would be interesting to see what a double bridle bit really looks like : it is much finer and more subtle.
The spanish bits of the time ressemble what is called in french “mors de dressage”, “mors de bride” ou “mors Saumur”, and the british “PELHAM BIT” is very similar.

Gisby - July 14, 2021

I am dissaponted that you are making this historcal setts wit only the parts that are usful to them, insted of including parts that would be usful if iwas mekin somthing else.

no guns? no slings? no female bodies? (If you dont make them we wil never see a female body) i would have bouth a sprue, but now i wont.

Stuart - July 13, 2021

did Conquistador cavalry ride armoured horses..in Mexico and South America? Did Spanish armies in Europe have cavalry with riders like that on armoured horses..fair enough if they did but i would have thought in Europe the horses from Spanish stock at least would be bigger esp to support all that armour

JH - July 13, 2021

Please, please, please some heavier close helms for the Conquistador cavalry – like the wonderful Angus McBride picture on the front of the Osprey book.

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