A69 - Celtic / Gaul warrior
ref. EK Castings Zinnfigur – A69 - Celt/ Gaul
EK Castings A69 - Celtic warrior, 2 half of Vc BC
For hundreds of years, the Celtic warrior represented the quintessential barbarian warrior to the settled peoples of the Mediterranean. To the Romans, Greeks and other "civilized" people, the Celts where a re-occurring nightmare that unpredictably erupted from darker Europe. It was a well-earned reputation, and they repeatedly gave the Mediterranean world reason to fear them. Celtic warriors stood a head taller than their Mediterranean opponents and are described as having muscular physiques. The Celtic warriors, or Gauls as they were called in the French part of their range, spiked their hair up with lime and wore horned and winged helmets to emphasize their large stature. Their attacks on the battlefield were fearless, wild and savage, but they were also skilled and deadly. As the Celts spread over their vast range, having conquered most of Europe at their height, their warriors developed different styles of warfare. In Spain, they became master swordsmen accustomed to up-close combat with their short swords. In southern Gaul they developed impressive armor and preferred long swords, while in Britain they continued to fight from chariots that they had adapted to rough ground. However, whether in Asia Minor or Ireland, the Celtic warrior remained essentially the same, a capable warrior and someone to be feared. This was a fact the Romans never forgot, as it had been forever planted in their psyche when the young republic was sacked by the Celtic warchief Brenus. The effect this had on the Romans changed history as they poured their energies into their military with single-minded focus that would eventually win them an empire.