Monday, 15 June 2020

Fantasy Village PART IV: Merchant house finished

Hello folks,

I continue painting my medieval village project for Warhammer Empire or Renaissance.




So here it is, part IV, a Merchant house, by the now defunct ( I think) Tabletop Workshop, in plastic, with a few modifications.

The building itself is quite simple, but nice, it can be enhanced with some bits here and there... I added a chimney, in plastic, from Warhammer Mannorhouse, I used also some greenstuff in order to hide the gaps of the thatched roof, and the joints of the structure, which is snap fit, so there are some ugly holes If you build the house "out of the box".   There is also a wooden crane with a small wooden structure in the right, from Games Workshop laketown house, in plastic, as well as the signal post (or whatever is called in English the wooden structure over the door) with and old Bretonnian decal of a deer.

The painting was simple too, but effective, it was painted mainly with airbrush paints by Ammo Mig and Vallejo model air.  Then gloss varnish was applied all over the model, in order to protect the acrylic paints from the oil washes that came later. Some streaks of grime,  rust, dust etc give the creamy colour some chromatic variation to break the monotony of the house.

After all that work, I drybrushed the roof, and the wooden areas, painted the details and finished!
Another quick & easy scenery model finished.

Now there is only one last house to paint and the "village" will be ready to be based, flocked, add the walls...

I hope you like it !


Friday, 5 June 2020

28mm Sassanid Savaran cavalry

Hi guys,

This time I come with a heavy post, in all senses (bad joke), Sassanid heavy Savaran “knights”. The Sassanid Clibanarii armed with bows and hand weapons like maces or swords, I also have Cataphracts/Clibanarii with Kontos (very long spear) and bows but they will come in a future post, as they are not all painted.

The Aswārān (singular aswār), also spelled Asbārān and Savaran, was a cavalry force that formed the backbone of the army of the Sasanian Empire. They were provided by the aristocracy, were heavily armored, and ranged from archers to cataphracts.

I bought this miniatures second hand, unpainted, from a member of Lead Adventure Forum, some years ago. They are a mix of Armorum & Aquila miniatures with some Gripping Beast miniatures. In my opinion they are not as nice as most recent Aventine miniatures Sassanids, they are nice enough for me, and they are historically accurate, more suitable for Early Sassanid armies.

I chose bright colours, as I see this type of colours and patterns in several artworks from books and magazines, I also got inspirations from pics of painted armies like the one depicted in Warhammer "Beyond the Golden Gate" or Dr. Phil Hendry's own army.

I have 3 units or 3 bases in total,  based initially for Basic Impetus, but I also play Hail Caesar. I painted one of them in the last few days, but the other two units were painted some years ago. I took pictures of all of them yesterday.

The first one, painted in late May, 4 miniatures: 3 A&A miniatures, 1 Foundry horse, 1 Gripping beast rider and horse. By the way, the standard is Aventine Miniatures!

The second unit, painted some time ago, 3 A&A miniatures with a Gripping Beast

The Third unit, painted also some time ago, 3 A&A miniatures with a Gripping Beast

Family photo: Persian Panzers!

Friday, 29 May 2020

28mm conversions! Lakhmid Arab cavalry (Sassanid allies)

Hello guys,

I have been trying to include a little unit of Lakhmid cavalry to my Sassanid Persian army of III-VI centuries since 2017, but without success, due to the lack of appropriate miniatures, Until now (imho).

The Lakhmids were an Arab (Nestorian Christian) kingdom of southern Iraq with al-Hirah as their capital, from about 300 to 602 AD. They were generally but intermittently the allies and clients of the Sassanian Empire, and participant in the Roman–Persian Wars.

In the battle of Dara, and later in Callinicum (533 annd 534 AD) they fought in great numbers (roughly 5000 men, mostly mounted) as horse archers, regular cavalry and some camel riders.

The miniatures themselves are the following:

I decided to use a mixture of Gripping beast plastic Arab heavy cavalry, and Armorum & Aquila Sassanids horse archers in armor. There is also a metal javelinman cut in half and converted into swordsman with bow.

The plastic kit is quite versatile, I used the horses provided in it for all miniatures, and the lower half of the riders for a couple of miniatures, but I cut and sanded the stirrups in order to eliminate them
(they would appear a century later )

The plastic bodies are nice, with lamellar armor, perfect for this project, as I have seen depictions of Lakhmids using it.

example of Lakhmid cavalry in videogame "Attila Total War", just for painting inspiration, but showing an interesting variety of equipment.

Also some heads are suitable for Lakhmids, like the plastic Sassanian style helmet, or the metal helmet with a cloth surrounding it (to prevent the heat in the metal helmet). It seem in that era turbans were not used, so I avoided turbans and other stuff more proper to the crusades era (like muslim curved swords or later types quivers for arrows etc).

In this image of Spanish magazine "Desperta Ferro" you can see a Muslim warrior (left) fighting a Sassanid champion (right), although is a century later than battles between Belisarius and the Sassanids, the equipment probably was very similar, I am referring to the clothed metal helmet of the Arab.

this guy is a Sassanid body (Sassanid provided most of the equipment and weapons of Lakhmids) with an Arab head, with a similar helmet of the previous illustration and screenshot of the videogame "Attila Total War".

This well equiped horse archers is similar to my noble or officer :

Finally, a more modest warrior:

I will additionally use Sassanid shields with its transfers by littlebigmen studios.

I found this banner on the internet, it seems it belonged somehow to Lakhmid Arabs, but I am by no means sure of that... I will not use it becuase the origin of the information is not known to me.

Finally, you can see here, in the good old Warhammer Ancients Battles supplement, a brief description of the Lakhmids in Wargames, as they appear in several rule sets and army lists as "Arab cavalry" and other similar names.

I hope you like it!

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Aventine's 28mm Sassanid Elephant

Hi there,

A year before starting this blog I painted a Sassanid elephant from the excellent Aventine Miniatures Sassanid range, I have taken new pics of the elephant these days, and now it is finally in the blog, where it deserved to be.

This unit is one of the center pieces of my growing Sassanid Army for Impetus and/Hail Caesar... The army is composed by miniatures from A&A, Aventine and Gripping Beast.
It is a metal Elephant, and  I am very pleased with the sculpt and the finished result of the paintjob 
(it was painted partly with airbrush).

The Sassanid shield transfers are Little Big Men Studios, the best transfers I have ever seen. The shield in the ground is hand painted, a late Roman design belonging to "Lanciarri Seniores"

I hope you like this little jumbo, soon I will post a Savaran/Clibanarii unit I am currently painting, and a post showing the whole army.