Sunday, August 9, 2015
Well, they might not be historical creatures, but given I have been working on a Skythian army, I figured I'd also get two old metal centaurs I still have from my days of playing Dungeons and Dragons ready for action as well.
Some historians believe that the early (mainly Greek, but they are also evident in Indian and some other cultures) myths relating to the existence of centaurs may have been the result of stories told by peoples who weren't used to seeing horses on their first contact with the Steppe Nomad peoples of (modern day) Southern Russia and Eastern Asia.
And as far as the Greeks are concerned, the Skythians would have been the first Steppe Nomad peoples they would have come in contact with. (It is also theorized that the Skythian women who accompanied their men into battle were the inspiration for the Greek legends relating to the Amazons).
One day, I might experiment and let my centaurs join my Skythians on campaign, just for the heck of it. It would be nice to have a few more than just two of them though - a small elite unit of maybe half a dozen figures might look cool if I can find appropriate figures!