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Wednesday 31 January 2024

Persian Infantryman of the Cardaces

This is the Persian Infantryman of the Cardaces that first appeared in the Miniature Figurines 72/73 catalogue as PB 20s and subsequently in the 75 catalogue as PB 20.

Both PB ranges were based on Phil Barker's books Armies of the Macedonian and Punic Wars and Armies and Enemies of Imperial Rome. This figure is taken from illustration 20 in AMPW.

The 's' designation was used to distinguish the newer 25mm style of models from the preceding, smaller 1/72nd range. The transition was soon complete and the 's' - special - was dropped from the figure codes thereafter. 

The base is stamped PB 20 on the upper surface in the usual manner.

The Cardaces were apparently armed and equipped to fight in a comparable fashion to hoplites - or possibly peltasts - and were an innovation aimed at fielding a body of native close fighting infantry. The model doesn't look terrible convinced. 






4 comments:

  1. I always liked this figure, he was very easy to paint. Inspired by this site and the article in the WI, Im gradually replacing all my modern plastics with Garrison and Hinchliffe ancient Persians. So thanks for the posts.

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  2. Glad you liked that article - when it comes to Persians the Garrison ones are my personal favourites - a good deal bigger than Minifigs and more animated - I have some Hinchliffe too including chariots.

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  3. As Minifigs poses go, this one seems to share some features with ME56, the armored goblin ...

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  4. Great 'old school' stuff. Funny how figure makers simply used Phil Barker's book directly as their source, presumably it was recognised as the best (or only?!) one available. Even down to basing the numbering system of the range on the illustration numbers in the book! I hope all that adulation didn't go to his head..
    Please do show us how you paint these up!

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