Dr Phil Hendry’s Savaran Cavalry

Phil painted this Unit (UD56) up for his Sassanid force, I will only repeat what I have said often in the past, really nice job, very clean lines and his magic touch with the Army Painter shading is very special. Thanks for sharing Phil.


Reg Newells Republicans

Dr Reg Newell passed us a couple of photographs of his Aventines painted by his friend Andrew Stewart. Very nice.


Huns, Steppe cavalry ..Sources

We have been asked if we are to do a Huns range, we have, we called it Steppe cavalry. Why? Well having looked at the research and reconstructions it is plain that it was better to call them Steppe as they are all interchangeable. I asked Adam to produce a list of his references to show this and to let you know what colours to use.

His reply with other interesting pieces.
“Hi Keith,



Best book is still the first mail I sent ‘Sassanian Armies’ by David Nicolle (Montvert Publications)
Anything by David Nicolle is probably as good as it gets. A google search just brings up a load of fantasy from computer forums to 19th century picture rubbish. Nicolle makes some good reconstructions and great painting info.

Re the Huns. The first pic I sent from his book picturing the captured Hun tribal leader is reconstructed 5th century in date and is ‘just off the steppe’ so to speak, just dead centre for the period we want so I’ve based the dollies on him or variations of him. All the other variations with short tunics etc betray Roman influence. There is a short leather tunic from tomb but it is very likely a winter over tunic (being very stiff) Another is much longer and that’s what I’ve gone for. Some dollies have light armour including bone scale and lamellar. Figures have arms but new figures will be made by removing these and cutting at waist for separate bodies. Finishing these today and starting heads and half firing archer bodies tomorrow. Have weapons made. Doing a small shield that won’t need transfers.

My favourite quote is from Ian Heath. His last line in his description of Asiatic Heavy Cavalry from Avars to Later Hungarians covering nearly 400 years is ‘All the above are basically interchangeable’

12th July holidays

The post offices in Northern Ireland were closed Monday and Tuesday this week hence the slightly slower dispatch. I have however been busy casting so all the orders received have been prepared for posting tomorrow Wednesday. I just thought I would explain the delay. Adam is still working on the light cavalry archers for the Steppe section.