Category Archives: Aventine

Central Asian Cavalry

I finally finished my second group of Central Asian Cavalry.  Figures are from Aventine.  They are mostly Sogdian horse archers but with some steppe nobles mixed in.


These are lovely figures.  This group is on unarmored horses.  For ADLG I will use them as ordinary heavy cavalry (and count the ones on armored horses as elite – when I need to distinguish between the two).  The shield transfers are from Little Big Men.


These are great figures.  Painting them is quite a bit of work.  You want some kind of pattern on their clothes, the bow cases, the quivers.  I’ve done something on all of that.  I’d like to have the skill to put really detailed patterns on all the clothes but I’ve added something on each that is kind of true to the local patterns.

I have some Sogdian lancers from Aventine I’d like to do up as well, but after I finish a couple of stands of Perry Arab cav I’m going to take a break from Central Asian stuff and focus on the War of the Roses for awhile.



Central Asian Generals

Finished a couple of command stands for my Central Asian stuff.  But before we get to that, a couple of mood pieces:


Bad mood that is.  You know you don’t want to be anywhere near these.  They are great figures, from Copplestone, and I plan to put them out on the table for mood setting in all my Central Asian games.  I have a couple with baggage on them also.  But I have camp stands, so I don’t know when I’ll get around to them.

Here is one of the generals:


Aventine as usual.  The general comes from Sassanid command set 3 and the escort is a steppe noble, I think.  I used the steppe noble shields and transfers from LBMS.   Here’s another shot.


And another general, from the same Sassanid command set, also with a steppe noble as an escort.  Hmmm, maybe the one in the pic above is from the Eastern Command set instead.  I’d have to go figure that out.


Luvvvvvv that headgear.  I really have to meet his haberdasher sometime.  More steppe noble shields and transfers.  The transfers are a little too big for the shields.  You can see where I tried to paint around it – that can be a challenge.  But a final shot.



Middle Imperial Roman Auxilia

My friend Joe painted a couple of units of Auxilia for me.  These are notionally eastern auxilia units, recently recruited, unarmoured with helmets of local manufacture, but Roman shields.  I used the Aventine Sassanid spearmen standing with the oval Middle Imperial Roman shields.  I think he did a great job painting them, and these are some of my favorite, generally useful figures.


I suppose I should name the units.  Each pair of stands, front and back, count as a unit/stand in ADLG, but I kept them on generic WRG/DBM style bases for other potential uses at some point in the future.  I love this particular shield pattern.


Here is the other unit.


That’s a very busy shield pattern.  It reminds me of shields that were dug up in Dura-Europos.  I think these make fine Eastern auxilia for my Middle Imperial Roman army.


I need to get these into a game now.


Aventine Central Asian Cavalry

IMG_4126.JPGI have more of these done also, but this is the first complete group of 12.  They are a mix of Sogdian horse archers, eastern Sassanid command, and steppe nobles.  I bought horses with armor and horses with barding to have a unit of mostly protected horses.  The next unit has none.

These are terrific figures!  They are clean, easy to assemble, and easy to paint.  The horse archers come in several parts with a lot of different attachments.  The lower body and torso are separate so you can pose them firing to whatever angle you would like.  I put mine together to fire mostly forward.  The bow cases are separate so you can go with a case with a strung or unstrung bow.

I intend to use them for a number of Central Asian armies: as a contingent with the Sassanids (what they were designed for by Aventine), as part of an Abbasid army, a Khurasanian army, and, in fact, any cool Central Asian army with a bow armed cavalry contingent.


I ordered a bunch of individual packs of Eastern Sassanids, and just a unit pack of the Steppe Nobles.  The Steppe Nobles blew me away – there are 12 different horses in the pack.  12.

I don’t have any criticism of the Aventine figures at all.  The LBMS shield transfers are small for the shields – maybe I’d say really small.  So there is a lot of painting around the edges that is needed.  It’s ok.  It looks a little hinkey on some of the shields, but mostly it’s fine.  The main problem remains my ability to get these kind of transfers centered on the shields.  If I had it to do over I would just use the shields with bosses that come with the steppe nobles – as the bosses center the transfers for free.

Great figures.  I should have the other unit up here in a couple of weeks.  I got 9 of them done in time for the ADLG tournament this weekend, but I think 12 make up a “unit” (not in ADLG terms of course).


Now I just wish someone would do some nice central asian heavy infantry….



Aventine Turks

Nothing like the start of a new army.IMG_4117.JPG

I’ve started working on a Central Asian force using Aventine figures.  These two come from their range of steppe cavalry nobles.  The guy holding the severed head is sold by himself as a champion.  The figure holding the standard comes from the lancer pack.  The two of them make up one of the general stands for ADLG.  These are awesome figures!


I ordered a steppe noble unit pack and I was amazed as their were 12 different horses in the pack of 12.  Yes, that is right, 12 different ones!  That’s amazing.

I’m working on a new army, or perhaps set of armies, for ADLG based in central asia.  I was inspired when Aventine released their Sogdians to do this, but it took me a little bit to get around to it.  You’ll soon see 4 stands of cav for ADLG that are a mix of steppe nobles and Sogdians making up the first 4 stands of my central asian army.  They will work for a bunch of different kinds of armies.  I have in mind Khurasanians, Sha-tuo Turks, and Abbasid Arabs for starters.  They look great.


These really are a lot of work to paint.  There is nothing hard about painting them, it’s just that there is so much detail that all needs some care.  I’ll give a fuller review of the figures when the first group of 12 pops off the line.  Soon.


Sassanid camp for ADLG

This camp is not an original idea from me.  I snagged it from this guy who not only had the idea originally but executed it far better than I did (Better Original Idea).  But it’s a great idea, so I scaled it down to use from my Sassanid camp for ADLG.  In ADLG you need a camp.  The size is pretty small and these two stands make a camp that’s a little larger than the ADLG spec.  But it gave me a little more room to put something characterful in the camp.


The figures on the left are from Baueda.  I put a face covering on using green stuff to make him an appropriate Zoroastrian priest.  The figures in the stand on the right are from Aventine.   They are a great figure set.  I created two stands so I can use the Zoroastrian in other armies.


I took some time to put a nice pattern on the Sassanid king and now I’m wishing I had put that kind of effort into my original Sassanid armies.  Surely I’ll not do a new Sassanid army just to make them look better?  Surely not.  I am starting on some Central Asian forces using the Aventine steppe nobles and Sogdians.  I’ll take the time to do that right.  I’m sure it will be time consuming, but I’m sure the figures will be beautiful when done that way too.

Also, camps can be fortified in ADLG.   I’m not sure what a fortified central asian camp would actually look like, but I got this waddle fencing set from Renedra and made these to surround my camp.  I need a couple more segments, but it was pretty easy to do.


Do take a look at the website that inspired me to do this and be amazed at what an excellent job he did.



Parthian cataphracts

Here are the Parthian cataphracts that my friend Joe painted for me.  There are two group of twelve figures each from respectively A&A miniatures and Aventine miniatures.  IMG_4094.JPG

They are awesome figures and Joe did a great job painting them up for me.  The A&A figures (the two groups in front) are a mix from their Parthian and Palmyran range of cataphracts.  The Aventine figures (the two groups in back) are from their Parthian/early Sassanid range.  I use them for eastern irregular cataphracts in a number of armies.

Here’s a close-up of the A&A figures:


and of the Aventine figures:


You can probably tell that the Aventine figures are a little more slender, but I don’t think it’s enough difference that you couldn’t mix them in the same unit.  I just had all the A&A ones done before I got the Aventine ones, so they are separate.

I have another couple of 12 fig groups whose bases I haven’t yet finished.  (Why do I need that many cataphracts???)

But because I have these I’ve got my older Old Glory cataphracts for sale Older cataphracts.

Joe also painted up some cataphract generals and they look nice on their round bases:



We put our generals on round bases for ADLG generals that aren’t included in units.  It provides a distinctive easy-to-identify the generals bases.