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Set 25

Parthian Cataphracts 2

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Date Released Unknown
Contents 7 figures and 5 horses
Poses 5 poses, varied horse poses
Material Plastic (Medium Consistency)
Colours Dark Grey
Average Height 22 mm (= 1.58 m)


This second of two sets of Parthian heavy cavalry from LW is basically more of the same, and to a large extent exactly the same comments concerning the first set apply to this set. The set is of figures from the Battle of Carrhae, fought in 53 BCE when the Parthian army met and defeated a Roman invasion force led by Marcus Licinius Crassus. Crassus was an ambitious but foolish commander who made many mistakes in the period up to the battle. By the end of the day the Parthian army of 11,000 (mostly horse-archers) had overcome the Roman army of 28,000 infantry and 4,000 cavalry, with an estimated 20,000 Romans killed and another 10,000 captured. During a subsequent meeting between Parthian and Roman commanders Crassus was killed and his head cut off and sent to the Parthian King.

The Parthian cataphracts in this set wear the conical helmet with plume, and are fully armoured. The swordsman holds his weapon at a peculiar angle, and the second man is meant to be holding a lance. The third man carries a standard. The foot figure is holding up the head of Crassus, and his decapitated body has also been provided.

The horses in this set are the same as those in set 24, but the figures are different. Nonetheless the low standard of sculpting is just the same, with unrealistic figures that do not fit on their horses. Like the first set a lancer has been provided, and like the first set the lance is a crude strip of plastic that is far too thick to be usable by a mounted man. Flash is everywhere and there is much extra plastic to carve away from each figure.

The inclusion of poor Crassus is an amusing touch, but cannot redeem what is a very poor set indeed.

Note that many LW sets seem to have various horses in various proportions, so the horses and pose counts shown here may not always apply.


Historical Accuracy 7
Pose Quality 2
Pose Number 5
Sculpting 2
Mould 1

Further Reading
"Rome's Enemies (3) Parthians and Sassanid Persians" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.175) - Peter Wilcox - 9780850456882
"The Armies and Enemies of Imperial Rome" - Wargames Research Group - Phil Barker - 9780904417173
"Warriors of Eurasia" - Montvert - Mikhael V Gorelik - 9781874101079
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