Something special to mark 10 years of Aventine Miniatures

As it is our 10th anniversary we decided to add something special to the ranges, what would it be? As we are known for our elephants an addition to them seemed the best way to mark the occasion. So what have we not covered, an Armoured African for the Successor period. We are calling it “Hercules”

The beast is fully armoured with a howdah that will take 3 occupants if so desired. This howdah is in 2 parts and we have crafted a 3rd side with a dead soldier hanging over the side as an option, the crew consists of a mahout, a pikeman, an archer and a javelinman. The entire set is sold together and includes all the above with shields, weapons and quiver etc. The head and body are cast in resin while the remaining parts are in pewter.

The photos below show the parts in their grey form, I will be painting one as soon as possible and will add the photos of that once ready. I am not sure if Adam will be able to resist having a go as well but he is busy trying to get the Galatians done so we can move on.

Thank you all for your support over the past 10 years, we don’t advertise as we are just about able to cast what we sell, that situation is down to you folks.

Advancing Thureophoroi

We have completed the advancing Thureophoroi section under the Successor range. There are 2 variants, one in Attic helmets and the other in the Ascalon style helmets. To do this we have cast the figures with separate heads. We will supply the longer spear and thureos shield with them. A small advantage to having the heads separate is the ability to use any of the heads from the ranges which will open the scope of their use. Adam will be using them for an elephant escort changing the shield to a pelt and using shorter spears.

I have shown them 4 to a 60mm wide base as I will be using them as HI spear in my list already having enough MI spear.

Next are the Galatians then the long awaited Byzantines.

To The Strongest World Championships

Steve Drover contacted us and asked if we would be interested in supporting the TTS World Championships at Chalgrove this year, we of course were delighted to do so. Simon Miller, a good friend, wrote the rules a number of years ago and since their publication they have gone from strength to strength.

We believe that this years Championship was the largest 28mm gaming competition(full format games) with 41 entries, if not it is still a very good turnout.

The prizes offered were in the form of vouchers that could be used at Aventine Miniatures and 2 of the winners have done just that.

Once again, thanks Steve and Simon for the opportunity to help promote such a fun set of rules and the hobby in general.

The placing at the right end of the list are as follows

Chris Winter Imperial Seleucid 586.4

Gareth Purchon Principate Romans 580.2

Colin Hoare Later Italian Condottiere (Venetian)   570.0

Simon Miller Later Italian Condottiere (Milanese)   552.2

Peter Anderson Late Achaemenid 540.3

Well done all who attended, helping to make the event such a success.

Thracian Merc. Unit

We have finished the Thracian Unit. They have been equipped in the style of the troops used in so many Hellenistic period armies. The THR03 pack has 2 figures with the Rhomphaia and the lower arm separate and the THR01 officer has a sword and arm also separate, the rest of the rhomphaia are cast on the figures. The figures armed with a spear have a shield with the rhomphaia on the rear.

Resin Casters Needed

Due to the sad closing of our Resin Casters we need to find a new source for our elephants. If anyone knows of a company that will take this on please email us. I would like to thank Rob at Hyseterical Games for his fantastic service and produce, we understand the reasons behind the decision and wish him and all his employees well for the future.

My Seleucid L’Art De La Guerre to date.

I was asked for a collective shot of what I had amassed to date.

Guard Pike Units x 2
Various commanders
Unarmoured Successor elephants
Old Thureophoroi Figures(being replaced soon)
Old Thracians (being updated soon)
Successor lancers (heavy Cavalry)
Successor Agema (Heavy Cavalry elite)
Some Light Infantry
The Later period Cavalry (Cataphracts)
Later Seleucid Companions and Agema(cataphracts)
Later Period Armoured Elephants(Elite)
Some Javelin armed Light cavalry
Imitation Legionaries
Horse Archers