The various Goth tribes were a major part of the 'barbarians' encountered by the Romans, and at various times were to be found either fighting with them or against them. Perhaps the most famous Gothic cavalry action was at Adrianople in 378 CE, but they were a factor in the Roman world for several centuries.
Most of the poses are wielding spears and are well realised. Two have ring hands into which the separate weapon fits, and all have the shield moulded with the figure rather than separate. Both the spear and the large round shield are standard Goth weapons, and have been correctly done here. The men wear tunics and trousers, which is again correct dress, but the first man in our picture stands out as he wears a mail shirt and a decorated helmet. He also carries a sword rather than a spear, all of which identify him as an individual of some wealth and probably a leader of some sort as both mail and swords were expensive items. However later in the period both armour and swords became more common, particularly when they could be looted from Roman armouries.
The two horse poses are both fine and they have all the proper saddles and harness. As usual with HaT the men sit on the horses well, although the figure leaning down with his spear is sufficiently twisted in his body to be actually endangering his horse's head rather than any opponent.
The detail on these figures is very good and nice and clear. Flash is minimal and there is no excess material that needs to be removed. The separate spears are nice and straight and of the correct length, and they fit perfectly into the ring hands without any filing.
By the time of Adrianople many Goths would have been armoured, and in fact for various reasons would have much resembled their Roman opponents, but for the centuries before that these figures are a good representation of these important warriors. This is a classic HaT set, with a small number of poses but properly researched, well sculpted and technically well produced. Yet another useful addition to the range of plastic figures for the Roman Empire.