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Thracian Trumpeteer

by: Engin Kayral [ GRAYWOLF ]

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Athens Miniatures is a Greek company that has produced four 65 mm metal figures and a 150 mm bust. Despite the odd scale and only making a handful of figures, I believe the quality of their products will make them a well-known company soon.
The Package

The Thracian Trumpeter, AM-04, is nicely presented on the box with three views of the painted figure and information about the sculptor, molder, painter and company address. Inside the box, the parts are secured by two foam pieces.
The Figure

The kit includes six white metal cast pieces; body with head and arms and right hand with trumpet. Other parts include the crest, sword, shield and a metal figure base.

All parts are well detailed, require no need clean up and are a very good fit.

The details on the face, helmet and body armor are great. The crest, sword and shield fit nicely into small holes in the body and this makes assembly easier.

The base has a nice molded texture with some small rocks on the ground. The figure attaches easily to the holes on the base and the fit is perfect.

A photographic painting guide and historical note (in English) about the Thracians are included in the kit and make a nice addition to very a impressive figure.

This is the history of this figure according to the company website:
"Historical evidence indicates that Thracians occupied the area of the northeastern Balkan peninsula and parts of southern Russia during the period between the 8th century BC and AD 46 when they were conquered by the expanding Romans.

Historical sources contemporary to the Thracians, (Herodotus, Xenophon and Thoucidides), reveal a tribal war-oriented nation. Thracians are described as free spirited people, of high profile in all their demonstrations of social life yet excellent and valiant fighters, skilled horsemen as well as able to exploit the battle terrain with their light infantry tactics. Their ferocious fighting abilities their love for battle and their promptness to serve as mercenaries brought the Thracians in several instances in battle against most of the ancient people. (Persians, Greeks, Celts and Romans) and gained for them enormous respect concerning their martial abilities. Roman sources referring to the Thracians after their final conquest by Rome describe them as first class fighting men. This fact indicates that this reputation was held even after their fall. After their conquest and until the 3rd century AD the Thracians retained their culture and they finally disappeared during the late 6th century AD. .

Thracians with their high level of military contact either as enemies, allies or plain mercenaries, with Greeks, Romans or the Scythian tribes to the north through out their history used a mixture of arms and armour and didn't develop a “formal” Thracian style. Furthermore, during different periods of time and geographical location influences presented a great variety.

Thracian armour was composed by a helmet of Greek influence most of the times, body armour and greaves. Helmets were lined with felt or leather. Nevertheless, one can find in sources plain felt caps, leather caps as the Kaysia or even bare headed northern Thracian warriors.

Body armour was clearly of various form and style. Initially was of Greek influence and restricted to nobles and the wearing elite until contact with the romans helped to spread body armour among lower class fighting men. Body armour was complemented by pectorals. Further protection was achieved with greaves but general use of greaves wasn't common until the 3rd century Bc.

Thracians as for their defensive armour style were also influenced in what concerns the use and selection of arms. However the Thracians became famous because of their forward curved long swords a weapon different from the Greek xiphos. These weapons where commonly in use by all ranks. In the north region Skythian influence led to the development of the Thracian akinakes a long sword that evolved in such a way as to be easy in its use by cavalry. During the late 4rth century another most powerful weapon was used by the Thracians. The romphaia. This was a heavy long two handed iron sword with the ability to sever a mans limb in one blow. Cumbersome in close quarters but very effective when conditions allowed its use was widely spread among the Thracian troops.

The figure of this edition is dressed with the typical Thracian garments, a tunic, a cloak and the typical Thracian boots, the emvades. Garments were sewn, dyed and decorated with geometrical designs especially the cloak that was the most striking article in Thracian dress. The tunic could be plain or simply decorated at the hem. The emvades were another distinctive feature. Covered entirely the feet and part of the lower leg, made of fawn skin and were laced in front. A number of flaps were hanging down from the top.

The figure is protected by a composite corselet with scales in the front part and an early type Chalkidian helmet without hinges. A pectoral added extra protection and would have also served as a sign of rank. In the left hand the figure holds a trumpet and is armed with a long straight sword a small dagger and slung on his back a pelti, the typical Thracian crescent shaped light shield ."

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A well detailed figure, requiring no clean up and are a very good fit.
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  Scale: Other
  Mfg. ID: AM04
  Suggested Retail: 32 Euros
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  PUBLISHED: Dec 18, 2004
  NATIONALITY: Greece / Ελλάδα

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About Engin Kayral (Graywolf)

Born in 1962,married and having 2 sons. I started modelling about 8 years old building USS Fletcher with mom. It was a model dad brought from USA., I think in those days only a few people in Turkey had info on scale model kits. Grown as an AF officer son , I built many aircraft models in years. Som...

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