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Postby philhendry » Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:24 am

Hi all,

The wife's camera really isn't up to much at all. Managed to borrow my neighbour across the road's camera - much better! She owed me a favour for some baby-sitting.

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The unit is made up of the following packs, plus one 'odd' figure to make up 16. I picked these packs because they have most 'late' features.

EIR86a Cataphracts 1
EIR89 Cataphracts in scaled hoods levelled kontos
EIR90 Cataphracts in scaled hoods kontos upright 1
EIR92 Eastern Cataphract command

They're for my 3rd century Imperial Roman army. I figured that, as parts of at least two, maybe three, horse armours had been found in the ruins of Dura Europos, there's a very good chance that the Romans had cataphracts there… Of course, those armours might have been Sassanid instead, but I reckoned it a good enough reason to justify them. I still need to make movement trays to hold them.

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Re: Aventine Cataphracts

Postby baxterj » Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:56 am

Yep, very nice work there Phil
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Re: Aventine Cataphracts

Postby Greystreak » Mon Nov 18, 2013 12:07 pm

They are excellent, Phil! :D 8-) :mrgreen:
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Re: Aventine Cataphracts

Postby valleyboy » Mon Nov 18, 2013 7:05 pm

Lovely stuff - I was looking forward to seeing these
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Re: Aventine Cataphracts

Postby Raglan » Mon Nov 18, 2013 7:17 pm

Love these Phil, you have done a great job!!!

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Re: Aventine Cataphracts

Postby World2dave » Mon Nov 18, 2013 7:20 pm

What an excellent unit - congrats!! Liking the basing too.
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Re: Aventine Cataphracts

Postby A Lot of Gaul » Mon Nov 18, 2013 7:32 pm

Illi spectent bona valde, Philipus!
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Re: Aventine Cataphracts

Postby grizzlymc » Mon Nov 18, 2013 7:35 pm

Heavy!
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Re: Aventine Cataphracts

Postby philhendry » Mon Nov 18, 2013 8:32 pm

Thanks Lads! I enjoyed painting them - and the further on I got, the more I liked them. That's more like the old me, with my old mojo back.
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Re: Aventine Cataphracts

Postby A Lot of Gaul » Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:59 pm

That's great to hear, Phil! :)

My favorite aspect is the variety in helmets, armour colour, etc. Makes them look a good deal more 'realistic,' at least to me.

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Re: Aventine Cataphracts

Postby philhendry » Tue Nov 19, 2013 12:15 am

Thanks! Variety is something I think is important in 'pre-industrial' armies - the Romans not least. Making stuff in metal wasn't easy, so if a thing is still serviceable, you're going to keep using it. There's one extant Roman helmet which has four names scratched inside it. Now, that could have been an 'unlucky' helmet, and none of its owners, over a fairly short period, survived long, but it's equally possible that it was handed on (in effect) from retiring veteran to new recruit, and so might have been in service for nearly a century. So there's plenty of 'space' for variety of gear. Same goes for clothing - they weren't dyeing huge batches of cloth at once, and the dyes themselves weren't 'manufactured' in quantity, so there'd be a lot of colour variation. Most of the time, I use three or four shades of each colour of cloth within a unit, to make them look a bit 'rag-tag'.
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Re: Aventine Cataphracts

Postby oldbob » Wed Nov 20, 2013 4:27 pm

Always a joy to look at your brush work! If you would a word or two about those bases?
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Re: Aventine Cataphracts

Postby philhendry » Wed Nov 20, 2013 5:24 pm

Thanks!

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Re: Aventine Cataphracts

Postby oldbob » Wed Nov 20, 2013 5:42 pm

They look to be semi round,and are they commercially made or your own style?
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Re: Aventine Cataphracts

Postby philhendry » Wed Nov 20, 2013 5:52 pm

They're 'pill' shaped - 25mm x 50mm with straight sides and rounded ends. They're commercially made. I bought a shedload ages ago - from Litko I think, though I can't really remember... It was before laser cut bases really took off on this side of the pond. They have 'steel paper' bottoms too, so they stick to magnetic movement trays.
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Re: Aventine Cataphracts

Postby oldbob » Wed Nov 20, 2013 5:58 pm

Thank you for that reply, magnetic bases are a good thing to have especially when travel with your troops a lot !
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Re: Aventine Cataphracts

Postby Ronan the Librarian » Fri Nov 22, 2013 2:48 pm

I believe that these pill-shaped items are often called "bike bases" - you can get them in resin/plastic (usually with some sort of terrain moulded onto them), or as plain MDF. I've been looking at getting some for basing single cavalry figures for SAGA and the like.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BIKE-BASES-X- ... 4897.l4275

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Wargames-Warh ... 5af409b928
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Re: Aventine Cataphracts

Postby bigredbat » Fri Nov 22, 2013 5:30 pm

Loving those Cats, Phil. The 2 rank look works very well!
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Re: Aventine Cataphracts

Postby oldbob » Fri Nov 22, 2013 9:12 pm

Bike bases you say, I'm definitely ordering some for my Commanders! thanks.
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