Thanks Again Jim, and all.
I think it is possible to confirm any horse size opinion from supporting resources one can find. For example, a quick google search on my part confirmed Norman horses could be larger based on armor barding relics, and interestingly enough, the size of Norman horse shoes recovered.
I think the horses of the era were classified in 3 main categories, war, riding, and pulling carts. I agree the smaller versions were more predominate. Seems the increase in size really started around 900 ad, progressively getting larger thru 1300ad. Afterwards, it appears a more "formal" breeding philosdophy began to take hold, with only a few "breeds" of the smaller types preserved thru selective breeding to our own time. I have not researched Eastern influences yet.
A fun diversion however.
On just a whim, I purchased a couple fun tubes of horses at my local Michael's craft store. They all appear to be a perfect scale match. I have the plastics game "Carnage" where the human riders ride bulls. They have saddles molded to the riders, and are a perfect fit. So if they fit, I know others will also.
So back to WF, I'll be pondering creating saddles and reins, and plan to use the Roman Cavalry Rider bodies to start my conversions, as they are already chain mail armored. Look like they may work fairly well as Franks. On the helms, I plan on adding more pronounced nose guards for that (to me) more classic Norman look. And see what success I'll have with additional chain mail etc. The kite shields on the Saxon Sprues are a welcome inspiration.
Any chance on seeing the WF WSS horses compared also?
As an aside, looks like the persian horse sprue bundle deal is a fair offering. I plan on adding persian infantry bodies as poor common troops as well. Easy to convert to the dark ages with little effort, more just cross applications of heads etc.
I am using some early germans as viking beserkers.
All within WF product lines. So far my purchases include the Romans - legionaires and cavalry, Celts, Celt Cavalry, Celt Chariots, Ancient Germans, Numidians, Saxons, Vikings (armored and unarmored) about 20 boxes so far.
I also noticed the neck length issue, I just drill out a bit more where the heads go, they fit right in and are easy to position.
My first viking group - about 45 figs - is just about complete. Average wargames table quality but I hope to post pics soon.
Regards All, and thanks again Sir Jim.,