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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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.

Jeff - July 13, 2021

Need the mastiff to stay in final design.

Edward Wittmann - July 13, 2021

LOVE the Conquistador cavalry. If the pack had pistols and some heavier helmets the set could easily also make Gent dArmes and Imperial Reiters. It would instantly become the most versatile Renaissance set.

Arrigo Velicogna - July 12, 2021

I like them both. To be quite honest I do not see the need for sci-fi fantasy part in a historical set. The option for armoured/unarmoured horses and riders are excellent. Considering this set is aimed at the first few decades of the XVI century I do not see the need for firearms. One thing it would be nice is some great helms for Spanish Gentes de Armas in Italy.

Y. Whateley - July 12, 2021

Kevin Scrivner – July 9, 2021: “Speaking of Jesus Christ, it would be historically accurate to include some devout Spanish missionaries in your Conquistador line. Catholic friars such as Junipero Serra were as tough and dedicated as any soldier and were essential to the colonization effort.”

That sounds to me like another good reason to do the set of monks/cultists that appeared in the voting a couple months ago: that would be a very versatile set with a bunch of uses, and Spanish missionaries sounds like another way that set could have been used!

Ten Fingered Jack - July 12, 2021

Finally! Franks wearing helmets.

Codsticker - July 12, 2021

A couple of small points, but is it too late to make the horses’ ears a bit longer and the eyes a bit rounder? I agree with Lerdou-Udoy Pierre; the girth should be immediately behind the front legs, in front of the barrel.

Lerdou-Udoy Pierre - July 11, 2021

All that’s missing is a barber’s dish to equip an old hidalgo !
Personally, I would leave the bards aside, but the light leather harness and the saddle “a la jinete” are very interesting.
The double bridle allows a fine and precise control of the horse : with a proper training, Spaniards succeeded in making their horses real war ones.
But damn it, the saddle strap is once again badly placed ! To avoid backing up, injuring the horse or unseating the rider, a saddle must be attached to the girth place (or strap passage)!

Aloha - July 11, 2021

Less lances and more swords/pistols maybe?

KL - July 10, 2021

ok I just googled double reins/bridle…

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