The end of the Roman Empire saw the emergence of new states in Western Europe based on the Germanic warrior society.
This is a bust of such a warrior of the AD 550s, based on descriptions by Sidonius Apollinaris as well as archaeological finds.
He is equipped with high quality weapons and mail armour. The decoration on the spangenhelm suggest it is of Italian manufacture – perhaps loot from an earlier campaign?
This bust was painted by Peter Day for the box art.