For quite a time, and even till now I have an expanding collection of military figures from all the ages, mostly from ancient and middle ages. My vast collection of figures were attained through time, most of it I bought as a collectible from different places in Europe. My collections includes ancient soldiers, Medieval knights, Renaissance armed men, eastern warriors, and Japanese Samurai. All of them I classify in order to identify what their type is and where it was from.
I. Ancient military figures:
Shown above: Praetorian guardsman, Roman centurion, early Roman legionnaire, Frankish warrior, and Macedonian cavalryman
These figures shown here is a part of my collection, classified as ancient warfare figures, total of 5 so far. Here is a Roman Praetorian guardsman figure, the Roman military unit in charge of protecting Rome, seen with a gold metal chest plate, a helmet with a crest, and a sword pointing outwards. The other Roman figure, seen in front is a miniature size early Roman infantry unit with a long red cape, a unique helmet, and leather armor, a unit from the time of the Roman Republic. Behind is a Roman Centurion figure, an army officer with a large square shield, a helmet with the crest sidewards, and a chain-mail armor, this outfit was worn by army officers only. In this picture is also a Frankish warrior part of the Germanic tribesmen, seen with simpler armor which is only a tunic, also with a round helmet, and a round shield at the back. The one on the right is a Macedonian cavalryman figure, mounted on a horse holding its sword. The 3 Roman figures, I got them in Rome during my trips, the Frankish warrior is from Germany, while the Macedonian cavalryman is from Greece. (sorry the photo mat be a lot blurred)
II. Crusades military figures:
shown above: Hospitaler knight, Italian cavalry knight, Byzantine infantry soldier, German cavalry knight, and French knight
These figures shown above are 5 Medieval figures from the time of the crusades, 4 are knights, one is a Byzantine soldier. Shown here is a knight of the Hospitaler order in the Holy Land during the crusades, wearing a black cloak over the chain mail armor holding its sword. The larger figure beside it on the horse is an Italian cavalry knight with full armor and chain mail, with a red cape. At the center, the miniature figure is a Byzantine infantry soldier, probably a Cataphract unit, however not wearing the lamellar but a chain mail, a long narrow shield, and thin longsword. To the right of it is a French knight, with the French blue-design cloak over its full armor underneath, with the French pointed-front helmet opened, holding a broadsword and a shield with the French coat of arms, the 3 fleur-de-lys. Behind it is a German/ Flemish crusader knight on an armored horse, wearing chain mail with a yellow tunic over and a square helmet, holding a shield with the Flemish coat of arms and a broadsword. The Hospitaler knight is from Germany, the Italian cavalry knight and Flemish cavalry knight from Belgium, the French knight from France, and the Byzantine soldier from Turkey.
IV. Eastern military figures:
shown above: Ottoman warrior, Saracen warrior, Ottoman Janissary
The 3 figures above are of the eastern armies during the Middle-ages , from the Islamic Empires such as the Saracens.The one on the left is an Ottoman warrior with chain-mail and padded armor, the cone helmet and holding a kijil sword. The one at the center is a Saracen soldier from the Crusades, wearing a coat over the chain mail, the cone helmet with a scarf, holding a scimitar sword and a narrow oval shield. On the right is an Ottoman Janissary, the elite protectors of the Ottoman Empire and guards of the sultan, instead of armor, the janissaries wear layers of robes, a headpiece, holding a gun pole, 2 guns sheathed, and a kijil sword. The ottoman warrior together with the Janissary came from Turkey, as from Spain is the Saracen warrior at the center.
IV. Medieval/ Renaissance military figures:
These figures shown above are each from the Medieval and Renaissance age, from the 1300’s, 1400’s, and 1500’s, most include full-armored knights. On the left is an English knight from the hundred year’s war, (13-1400’s) in full armor but with a red tunic over, the English knight has a full helmet and carries a longsword. Next to it is a miniature German cavalry knight of the late Middle ages, mounted on a horse with full armor and a large cape. At the center is an Italian Renaissance knight, with full detailed armor, used during the Renaissance holding a lance. To the right is a Spanish Medieval knight in full armor, sitting down, holding a helmet and a war hammer. Behind it is a Renaissance French knight, seen in the new invention of black armor and is shorter than older armors, having a helmet with a large feather giving it a Renaissance look,it carries a Renaissance sword, and a full metal shield. The English knight figure came from Belgium, so did the Italian knight, the Spanish knight was from Spain, while the German knight from Germany, and the French knight from France. The armor of these figures show the development of armor at the end of the Middle Ages.
shown above: English knight, German cavalry knight, Italian Renaissance knight, Spanish knight, French Renaissance knight
V. Japanese military figures:
shown above: 2 Samurai katana warriors, naginata warrior, flag bearer
As the European knights had strong armor and weapons, the Japanese knights, called the samurai did too. The 2 metallic figures at the back do not have color but show in exact detail how samurai padded armor looked like. The one on the back-left has a lighter padded armor but with a wider helmet, only carrying a katana sword; the one on the back-right has larger heavier armor and the same type of helmet, holding a naginata, or samurai spear. The 2 figures at the bottom include a samurai katana warrior (left) with black armor and a katana blade; on the right is a samurai flag bearer with red armor but a cloak over it, instead of a weapon, it carries a war standard with the Tokugawa Shogun seal. The 2 metallic figures were from Japan, while the other 2 are simply action figures.
This collection of mine at the start was mostly Medieval knights, though I wanted to improve by suing other sets which expanded it having Renaissance, Roman, Turkish, and Japanese figures. This collection of mine is still yet progressing.