Arthur and the Boys
The post-Roman Britons were left with the apparatus of the Roman state but precious few soldiers to protect the wealthy island. This unit is based on the assumption that the units following Constantine III left behind some cadre troops to train replacements. My assumption extends to the Britons taking over such troops as a going concern and attempting to build a self-defense force from the remnants.
I have depicted them as light cavalry for two reasons; the breeding of heavy war-horses needed to carry heavily armored soldiers is a slow and costly business while the nature of warfare in post-Roman Briton required fast reacting cavalry to meet the raids of the English invaders which is a job better suited to light cavalry. The weight of the cavalry is less important when your opponent is a strictly infantry force which the invading English were. These troops were built using Gripping Beast Dark Ages Cavalry boxed set which I reviewed here.
I do plan on building a force of Late Roman heavy cavalry to cover the possibility that enough heavy horses and armored soldiers were left behind to form at least one solid unit of cavalry.
Arthur reviewing his knights
I do like the Gripping Beast kit
plastic miniatures allow all sorts of subtle variations so that you
can build whole units of truly individual figures
all of the mounts being white is in substitute for the lack of "shining armor"
plus it looks COOL!
the rest of the two boxes of dark Age Cavalry will be completed in a far more generic fashion