Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Sassanian Cavalry for sale

  I have 8 extra figures that I do not need so I'm shopping them off for a home. The price
is 95 dollars which include shipping to anywhere in the lower 48 states.

Goths Infantry.

  The following  are models comprised from both Gripping Beast and Footsore miniatures.
Size wise they fit fine and both manufacturers provided excellent service to the states in
a timely matter. The Footsore models do require having their hands drilled out to attach
the weapons which I actually prefer. They dont break off so easily. I will be be adding to
these forces over the year for certain.

Sassanian Generals

   I have 3 command stands of commanders for my mounted force. Two of them are
Aventine models the other one is Gripping Beast. Note they are much bigger figures
than the A&A and Aventine models but are still quite nice in of themselves.

The middle stand are the Gripping Beast figures the other two Aventine

Sassanian Immortal Cavalry 2 unit

   This is the second unit that will comprise my Immortal Cavalry force. Again these are all
Aventine models. I can finally say mission accomplished. Nearly 160 mounted Sassanian
cavalry were painted it was both a very rewarding and a demanding task to finish but I
really like how they all turned out. Eventually I will post a collective pic of them all in a
group photo.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

3rd Century A&A Middle Period Romans

        To oppose the Sassanians I went with not much to anyone's surprise Romans. There
are many periods one could choose (I intend to do all the periods) but for the middle period these would include the battles of Ctesiphon (233 CE), Misiche (244 CE), Barbalissos (253 CE),  Edessa-Carrhae 260 CE), and Galerius (295 CE).  Theres also the invasion of the
later Roman period as well as the wars against the early Byzantine empire to be covered at a later time. The battles I mention cover the time frame of the miniatures depicted below and some of them were quite large battles resulting in some horrendous losses and defeats for the Romans. Sometime in the future I hope to go into a little depth of these battles and some considerations for their representation on the table top. I plan on painting a largish
group of these 200 foot or so along with a large mounted contingent. They will suffice to
depict some of the campaigns and battles against the Goths during the time of 250-260CE
also. The figures are all A&A figures and quite easy to paint up. The helmets I spent extra
time on as they entailed the very deep napes and reinforced cross-pieces that were
used during this time period. Shields would of been mostly lightly dished oval shaped
but for at least this first unit I went with some variety (looked nice) of substituting some
rectangular shaped ones as well. The tunics painted as linen, pants a off blueish tone,
belts both a maroon for the heavier wider belt and leather color for the smaller ones.

Sassanian Infantry

   My last post regarding the Sassanian infantry I mention my choice to represent two types
of infantry those levied who lack much training apart from those who were equipped with
armor and had some degree of training. I was originally going to use two units but after
some consideration decided to go for one larger unit. Reasoning was the power of mass
and numbers to help inspire any type of confidence in those who would need it most made
the most sense to me. So I went with one block of 32 figures I have included some separate
pics of the additional 16 figures along with a group shot of all of them. These are all A&A
miniatures and Gripping Beast. Soon I will post the Aventine sculpts which are nearing
completion to round out the heavier infantry arm of Sassanian Spah.

Sassanian Javidan (Immortals) Cavalry unit 1

   The Immortals known as the Javidan were the most prestigious of the elite units within
the Savaran of the Sassanian Spah. Recruitment came from the troops who had shown
superior fighting skill and valor on the battlefield and were used to set the example for
the rest of Savaran cavalry. These men would of been the best equipped with the best
armor of the entire Sassanian cavalry. My personal opinion is that if any troops of the
Sassanians had any appearance of uniform color it would be these units. For my choice
of table top presentation I went with miniatures that were more heavily armored almost
more of a Cataphract look to them. Why I choose this over using less armor but an
uniform choice of colors?  I just like the appearance they gave but either choice would of
worked. I have two units of 16 figures all Aventine and the pics below is the first of the
two units. My next post will include the other unit with mounted command stands. I
have painted nearly 150 plus probably the most work I have ever encountered of any
miniatures I have painted and I'm an certainly glad it is almost complete.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Sassanian Bow infantry

    The bow was highly regarded and used by the Sassanian military. Both their Savaran
cavalry and much of their infantry were thus armed. My foot archers will be made up
with a combination of both A&A and Aventine miniatures and will probably number wise
be about equal to their spear armed compatriots. I have also decided to base most of
them in a close order formation intended to represent mass barrage fire that I feel the
Sassanians would of delivered. My understanding is they would of used their bow fire
at the beginning of a battle to help soften up the opposition before the Savaran would
initiate their charges. No doubt the flanks of these units would of been protected by
the cavalry while delivering their barrage and once their ammunition became expended or
if threatened by a concerted attack by the enemy they would retire behind the heavy battle infantry who were deployed to their rear.

Sassanian heavy battle Infantry

    The Sassanians made a concerted effort to utilize a heavier infantry component that
would round out their fighting force. We know that from the early days of the Sassanian Spah well armed armored infantry were in service, especially during the campaigns of Shapur I against Rome in the mid-third century. Many of these infantry would of worn
a T-shirt style mail garment extending to the hips along with a two-piece riveted ridge
helmet. Even more interesting some ancient contemporaries like Ammianus Marcellinus
noted that some of these infantry were well trained and highly disciplined. I mention this
because generally the impression of the Sassanian infantry is rather poor (and indeed
some of the contemporary accounts speak poorly of the infantry) so a contradiction
seems to occur. My own opinion is that the Sassanians did employ heavier infantry
that received a greater degree of training and seemed to be able to hold their own
in combat (obviously never the equal of their roman counterparts) for a while against
the roman heavy infantry. I suspect these infantry were recruited from the Medes
who had a history of infantry combat much like Carthage made use of the libyans
for their heavier infantry units. The Sassanians also recruited (or levied) peasant infantry probably intended for the more laborious tasks of siege works, baggage handling etc...
I'm also generally certain if needed these same levied forces could be thrown into battle
but being mostly peasants with little military training their performance would be
of little value also accounted for in the roman records. With all the above in mind I've
decided to build the Sassanian heavy infantry in two components. For their trained and
capable infantry I will go with Aventine sculpts which has them in mail and ridged helmets
and for the levied infantry I would use a combination of Gripping Beast and A&A sculpts.
The figures below are some of the Gripping Beast and A&A miniatures. Initially I was going
to with 2 blocks of 16 figures but now thinking one block of 40 might be better to portray
how levied forces would be deployed (high numbers too install courage and confidence).
Hopefully soon i will post additional pics along with pics of the Aventine miniatures.

Bulgar/Avar light cavalry unit 5

      This unit brings my Steppe light cavalry to 60 figures total and finally to a close.
One possibility I have flirted with is to paint another 60-80 figures that could be utilised
as a Hun army I'm just not how certain that would be something I would enjoy. To
recreate the battle of Chalons is certainly worth entertaining and to double the light
horse would not be too difficult to do as these figures paint up rather quickly in comparison
to their heavier counterparts (not to mention the many Sassanian Cav I have painted)
so better to state finished for now but not truly closed. All these figures are a mix of
Foundry, Gripping Beast, and Aventine.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Aventine Steppe Nobles (4th unit)

   I have added to my Steppe Army that can be used as either an Avar or a Bulgar force.
This unit brings me up to a total of 48 Nobles to join my 48 lighter cavalry and Slavic
infantry. I do have plans to add at least one additional Noble unit and very much hoping
that Perris who sculpted the new range of Byzantines that are on my blog will eventually
do some Bulgars which I know he wants to do. These Aventine sculpts are quite impressive
and though I mostly paint for the mass effect (I like having large armies) these miniatures
if one wanted to take the time could really stand out far beyond the work I put into them.
I cannot recommend them enough as I hope my pics at least show.