We continue to expand our range of Del Prado models, supplied by History Works, which bought the company last year. Here is a group of figures that span the history of warfare from the Ancient World through World War II.
Ancient Assyrian Horse Archer – 850 BCE (HWICBH023) Although their heavy chariot arm was a devastating assault force, the Assyrians also fielded mounted horse archers. This light missile contingent was emulated for the next 2,000 years as one of the major arms of such conquering armies as the Mongols, the Huns and other steppe peoples, as well as the mobile forces of many near-eastern and middle-eastern hosts. View/purchase on our website.
Ancient Samnite Infantryman – 1st Century BCE (HWISRM014) The Samnites were an ancient Italic people who lived in south-central Italy. They became involved in several losing wars against the still-fledgling Roman Republic until the 1st century BC. Although beaten by the Romans, they rose up to ally themselves with Hannibal when he invaded Italy. Eventually, they were all-but annihilated by Rome after choosing the wrong side in the civil war of 82BC. View/purchase on our website.
Armored Chinese Cavalryman – AD 300 (HWICBH018) Although heavily armored, and carrying the full-contact weapon of a spear, this unit is also equipped with a recurved bow. Another descendant unit of the Assyrian shown above. View/purchase on our website.
Ancient Sassanid Nobleman – 3rd-7th Centuries AD (HWISRM020) The Sasanian Empire was the last imperial dynasty in Persia (Iran) before the rise of Islam, from 224 to 651 AD. It was recognized as one of the leading world powers alongside its neighboring arch-rival the Roman (later Byzantine) Empire for a period of more than 400 years. View/purchase on our website.
Roland at The Battle of Roncevaux – 778 AD (HWISME035) Roland was a Frankish military leader under Charlemagne, responsible for defending Francia’s frontier against the Bretons. The story of Roland’s death at Roncevaux Pass (fighting this time against the Spanish Muslims) was embellished in later medieval and Renaissance literature, in which he became the chief paladin of the emperor Charlemagne and a central figure in the legendary material surrounding him, collectively known as the ‘Matter of France.” The first and most famous of these epic treatments was the Old French “Chanson de Roland” of the eleventh century, which makes great reading if you are into legendary battles! View/purchase on our website.
Charles Martel – Battle of Tours AD 732 (HWISME044) Charles Martel (c. 686 – 22 October 741) was a Frankish statesman and military leader who was de facto ruler of Francia from 718 until his death. His greatest achievement was winning the great battle of Tours in 732 against the Muslim army. This victory ended the last of the great Arab invasions of France. View/purchase on our website.
William the Conqueror – Hastings 1066 (HWISME003) During the Battle of Hastings rumors swept through the Norman forces that the duke had been killed, but William succeeded in rallying his troops by lifting the visor of his helmet to show he was still alive. This is the moment captured in this toy soldier’s pose. View/purchase on our website.
Timurid Empire – Tarkhan Warrior 1400 AD ((HWISME020) This Tarkhan warrior is armed and armored as a super-heavy cataphract cavalryman. Both the rider and the horse wear heavy armor and this type of cavalry dominated Asian and European battlefields for centuries. View/purchase on our website.
Japanese Samurai Kanabou Musya ((HWISAM031) This legendary Samurai warrior is fighting with a war club. View/purchase on our website.
Napoleonic Marshal Kutusov – Borodino 1812 ((HWISNC029) Kutusov’s military career was closely associated with the rising period of Russia from the end of the 18th century to the beginning of the 19th century. Kutuzov is considered to have been one of the best Russian generals for his defensive battle fought at Borodino, outside Moscow, in 1812. He fought Napoleon’s Grand Armee for a day, and saved the bulk of his army, which pursued and annihilated the French and their allies during their retreat from Russia that winter. View/purchase on our website.
Napoleonic British King’s Light Dragoon 1812 (HWISNC036) The regiment fought under Wellington throughout the Peninsula Campaign, and was later transferred to America where they took part in the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812, fighting dismounted! View/purchase on our website.
Foreign Legion Mounted Co. Sergeant 1930s (HWICBH029) In authentic desert issue tan uniform, with white kepi hat, flag. View/purchase on our website.
WWII German Afrika Korps Officer 1941 (HWINWW014) In authentic desert issue uniform, with MP40 Schmeisser submachine gun. View/purchase on our website.
Including these new additions, our History Works online listings now number 36. View them all on our website here.