The first of my Punic Wars Spanish infantry arrived the other day and I will be cleaning and preparing them for primer later this week. However, I am a bit perplexed by the style of headgear that some of the Spanish soldiers wore. The helmets have something that resembles a havelock sun covering that hangs down the sides of the helmet and also seems to cover the neck.
I’m trying to figure out if this item is some sort of horsehair decoration or some intricate metal smithing of brass for a brass helmet. You can find pictures of the headgear in question at the top of this page.
Somewhere I read that these Spanish helmets were made from sinew, which might suggest that the helmets were woven rather than fashioned out of metal.
If anyone can shed some light about these strange looking helmets, then please leave your input in the comments section below.