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Roman Cavalryman in Sports Armour
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Victoria, Australia
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Posted: Monday, February 05, 2007 - 11:51 PM UTC
Harm Manders brings us an interesting review of United Empire Miniatures Roman Cavalryman in Sports Armour large scale bust.

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Victoria, Australia
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Posted: Tuesday, February 06, 2007 - 05:42 PM UTC
Hi Harm,

Thanks again for the review. It was great to read, and a pleasure to edit.

I have a question about the (real) helmet though... was it a single piece cast? Or have a hinged or slide facemask? I note at one spot in the review you say with the facemask in it's open or "off" position...

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Posted: Tuesday, February 06, 2007 - 06:14 PM UTC
What a comprehensive review. I like reading it just to read it, not my cup of tea subject wise but it really covers the subject well.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 06, 2007 - 10:22 PM UTC
Thanks for the complements guys...

I am working of the top of my head but still....

To my knowledge, the real helmets:

They basically consisted of two pieces, the face mask (one piece) and the reast of the helmet (covering the head). Both were made of sheet metal, hammered into shape.

The few examples I know of have a hinge on top (so you lift the mask up), much like the visor of a medieval helmet. On both sides at the bottom there would be latches to fasten it to the main piece (the headcover). Your head would be almost fully enclosed!

As far as the decorations go, hair was hammered out in relief, just as lips and nose. Openings (airholes, eyes, mouth) would be sawn out.
I am not sure about ears, if they would be hammered out in relief, be riveted on or soldered on (or all of the above). Attachments for plumes of real (horse-) hair would be riveted or soldered on.

Then the mask could receive additional treatment (guilding, silverplating, tinning etc.)

Keep in mind, these masks were, in cooperation with the rest of the wearer's outfit (armor, horse) were intended to impress! Generally it is assumed at shows only, though personally I can not see why these masks would not be worn in battle. Their vision does not seem wors then that of medieval helmets, and the Romans had some very elaborate battledress. And the power of cavalry relies as much on intimidation as on pure hitting power.
Probably the owners of the real elaborate ones belonged to the elite cavalry units in the Roman army, and they were proud of it. Proud enough to, at least in one instance, be burried with them.