Soldier of the Cat Empire; though small in number, the Cat Empire's army which mostly focused on protecting the Capitol City and imposing whatever small will it had, was fairly well equipped. One of the more prominent aspects of its gear was a relatively advanced helmet design for its day- even if most helmets were made of coconut-fiber and rubber. As expected, the helmets have specially made slots for neko ears.
The neko were also fond of making use of foliage as camouflage, some of which was known to be applied to helmets and there are known instances of mesh being made from plant fiber to apply even more foliage as a form of cover. Sometimes these meshes were placed over foxholes to be used in ambushes.
A continuation of previous sketches and designs about nekomimi. Maybe this time the Japanese influence (the helmets) is a bit more noticeable.
OOC note: Curiously, though the aesthetic was very "IJA", I came up with the idea after reading Ross Hassig's Aztec Warfare, in which the ancient mexica apparently used similar tactics.
Constabulary of the former Cat Empire. After the Spanish takeover these figures were maintained to keep the Cat Empress' desire for peace and to crack down on opposition. They occasionally confronted Conquistadors who got too rowdy in the Capitol City. The Imperial Constabulary also maintained their general roles of policing, something in which they were ahead of their time. Circa 1549.
Neko Auxiliaries to the Castille and León during the conquest of the Aztec Empire. They use the very same weapons they used to try to fend of the Europeans decades previously; mostly bronze to iron age weapons. 2 of the auxiliaries wear Western-style boots. The longbow of the archer in the center stands out as the most advanced ranged weapon they possessed-more than enough to out-range their Mesoamerican foes, and carriers sometimes had projectiles ready for their noble superiors. The guard on the right has lamellar armor of copper plates integrated into a light cotton vest and a rubber helmet.
Around 300 of these forces acted as rear security for the quartermaster corps made up of untrained and poor peasants levies- like the figure on the left. Most armed auxiliaries were either nobles or trained volunteers under the sponsorship of nobles. The archers fought alongside the Spanish in the frontlines during the Battle of Otumba. Circa 1572-1573
Half-human auxiliary. Part of rear defense of carriers/the quartermaster corps, these guards sometimes received spears when their swords -the slashing zashizashi- were proven too short for even defensive confrontations. Used well however, the wooden shield could ensnare enemy blunt weapons and offer a window of opportunity for a deadly strike. Circa 1572.
Neko (and part-neko) auxiliaries to Spaniard Conquistadores after looting in Mexico-Tenochtitlan. They have several pieces of jewelry and also a Tlaloc pot. The former Cat Empire's subjects desired green-stone gems as much as the Spanish searched for gold.
Despite the glamour of armed units, these carriers were the bulk of the former Cat Empire's dedication to the Conquistadors as their vassals; over 2000 of these carriers provided logistical support by bringing in provisions of all kinds. They also served as medical support. Circa 1573.
Junior Lieutenant "Mayabeke" of the Military Intelligence Directorate's special forces. Instructor and scout during the Angolan Intervention around 1978. After the definitive switch of loyalty that the PRC (and indirectly the USA) in the following year, Mayabeque defected to the then-USSR causing a particularly embarrassing incident for Military Intelligence.