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I am not a war gamer, but while searching for images of Agamemnon I came across the concept art for Crocodile Games' Agamemnon and his Mycenaean Honor Guard.  As my father used to paint die-cast military miniatures, I am assuming Crocodile Games is making these figures available to paint and use for a Mycenaean-themed war game.

No Dendra panoply here.  It's interesting to note which features derive from actual Mycenaean armaments, such as the helmet and fringes, and which features have been modernized.  I doubt very much that Agamemnon would have worn such a cuirass, but he certainly looks badass in it.

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A few examples of Mycenaean armor survive, none more famous than the Dendra panoply found in an Argive tomb near Midea in 1960.  It is constructed from fifteen separate pieces of bronze, which would have been padded inside with leather, and held together with leather thongs.  It looked something like a barrel when worn, and would have been quite cumbersome.  The cuirass was formed of two pieces, and was hinged on the left side.   When worn, the armor would have protected the wearer from the neck to the knees; the wearer would have supplemented this protection with greaves and arm guards.   Even with this supplemental protection, however, the back of the heels were still vulnerable.  So the legend of Achilles' heel might have some truth behind it.

Armor of this type dates to around 1400 B.C., and was inventoried at Pylos, Tiryns, and Knossos, with the Linear B symbol 𐂫.  It would not have been widely worn, except by the elite, and perhaps only on ceremonial occasions.  By the time of the Trojan War, in 1250 B.C., warriors would have worn bronze scale armor, leather, and/or laminated linen for protection.

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