Thursday, 3 November 2016

Sassanid Persian Army - Aventine Miniatures

Hi this is my new Sassanid army, comprised of 28mm Aventine Miniatures. There are 30 Clibanarii heavy cavalry, 12 light cavalry, 2 elephants, 24 spearmen and 12 archers. I think the cavalry are some of the best Sassanids available, and have (I think) painted up really nicely. The half armoured horses are absolutely brilliant sculpts!

New desert basing

For my Sassanid army, I've been experimenting with basing technique - three stone sizes and new colours. I'm using 3mm thick mdf bases, with each unit based on a 120mm wide base.

Fix the figures to the multi base with pva glue, adding large stones as desired, leave to dry for 24 hours

Paint the whole base with pva glue. Sprinkle patches of medium stones randomly, then small stones (over the medium stones). Then while pva is still wet, dunk the entire base in fine sand and shake off excess. Allow to dry for another 24 hours

Cover the entire base in diluted Pale Umber (this is A relatively new Windsor and Newton acrylic colour in a tube, it's a stone grey (light grey with a hint of brown). Let this dry completely, then apply a highlight of Foundry base sand 10b all over using a drybrush technique. I also use this colour for the edge of the mdf base.  Finally apply Vallejo pale sand 837 to the stones areas only

Last of all, apply 3 or 4 grass tufts to each base using pva glue blobs. For my Sassanids I've chosen a burnt grass effect. 


Phil said...

Impressive and colorful army...and great basing...

Mark Rekost said...

Great. I've seen Aventine range. I think that it is very interesting ... after seeing the miniatures well painted thanks to your work I'll consider Sassanid for a my next ancient army project

Barry Lee said...

Thank you both. Yes Mark, I don't think you would be dissapointed. And it's a great army to wargame with

Steve63 said...

Superb painting and figures. A great looking army.

Fiore Tutta said...

These look Great !!!!! Nice job