Thursday, 29 September 2016
When Aventine released their Samnite cavalry last week, I thought I would invest in a unit and see what they were like. I'm a big fan of of Aventines ancient ranges, and I wasn't dissapointed with these. The sculpting is very good and beautifully detailed, the casting quality is equally good (very little flash), and their customer service is excellent ( they arrived within 3 days of me ordering online). There are four packs of 3 mounted figures at the moment, but I decided to safe a few quid by buying the unit pack, which has all 12 figures, and retails at £32. Aventines prices are very competitive, at the lower end of the pricing spectrum. A pack of three cavalry is only £9, compared to £12 at Foundry (who's figures I am just as fond as)
If you haven't seen Aventines figures in the flesh, they are big 28mm, equal in stature to the Foundry Macedonian and World of the Greeks ranges. Their Early Imperial Romans make great opponents for Foundrys Ancient Germans sculpted by Mark Copplestone, and in my opinion, the sculpting quality is just as good if not better.
Horses. There is a nice degree of variation in the horses provided, and two of the horses from the command figures have some armour that can be attached to the horses face
Figures. All of the figures are headless, 5 are split at the waist, and one has a seperate sword arm. With a nice selection of heads (see later), if you like all of the figures in your unit to look different, you won't be dissapointed. 9 are open handed to take spears (or a standard), 2 have swords, and one is resting a horn at his waist. Each figure wears a tunic, is bare legged (the officer has greaves), and each figure also has figure has body area our (pectoral or triple disc for example)
Heads. In total there were 16 heads (one bareheaded). They are a nice variety of different helmets, Italian in style, mostly decorated with feathers. I like the idea of seperate heads and shields, which is something Aventine seem to be doing more of these days. Good to have a few left over, because I also have some of Aventines Republican Romans and these give me some great conversion ideas. The heads need a little trimming before they fit into the corresponding holes in the figure. I always put a tiny blob of green stuff in the hole before super gluing them together. There is also a choice of 3 standards.
Sunday, 4 September 2016
Monday, 1 August 2016
Sunday, 17 July 2016
4 units of Aventine Minis for sale on eBay from my collection
5 Avar Cavalry, start price £50
5 Steppe Cavalry, start price £50
12 Roman Legionaries, start price £60
12 Roman Auxilia, start price £60
Posted by Barry Lee at 20:28
Tuesday, 12 July 2016
I've also been painting some Huns from Aventine Miniatures over the last couple of months. A lot of assembly is required, many are split at the waist, have seperate heads and lots of different equipment options, but it's well worth the effort as there are so many variations you can really make every figure in the army very different. They were a pleasure to paint, here is an example, and more pictures are on the Aventine site.
Size wise they a tiny bit bigger than the Foundry Huns, but fit well alongside some of the Foundry Germanics I have recently painted.
See them featured on the Aventine miniatures website http://aventineminiatures.co.uk/barrys-huns/
Posted by Barry Lee at 20:27