Friday, 29 April 2011

Aventne Miniatures- Phalanx Figures, a review

My first few packs of Aventine Phalanx arrived yesterday, which means I can spend a nice long weekend leisurely painting a few of them.
I ordered the following packs PH and PYR 30, plus a set of the very useful LBMS shield transfers.
I will say, I am not associated with Aventine Miniatures in any way, shape, or form, I just happen to be a very satisfied customer.
OK, so lets get reviewing. Each pack contains four different models, and the codes represent different panapolies of armour, some are in muscled cuirass, other in lamellar or leather. These figures will be best deployed as the front ranks of your Pyrrhic phalanx, where you are more likely to find the more well armoured chaps. You are also supplied with a shield (aspis), and a very handy steel sarissa (pike), much more useful than a bendy lead version!!  The shield has a rim, and it is questionable whether the actual shields had rims, or not. if you don't want rimmed shields, then you have an option to change then for rimless,( I like the rimmed shields, and have taken that option for my army).
Onto the figures themselves. They are beautifully detailed little models, my rather poor photography does not do them justice at all
A comparison,LtoR Gripping Beast, Aventine, & Crusader ( the squares are 1 inch)

The figures are robust, but not overly chunky. casting wise they are very well cast, and will require a minimum clean up with a sharp knife and my trusty rat tail file. So much nicer than having to hunt down all those annoying little worms that crop up on some other castings.

The level of detail is really quite impressive, I have heard people say this will make the models hard to paint!!! Rather odd, as I think it makes the painting a lot easier, having all the detail so well refined.The muscles on the cuirass, the pteruges, all the strapping for the sword, shield, and greeves, even down to the ties used to secure the armour in place, its all there.
The shield fits nicely onto the arm, and has a neat little clip on the back to help hold it in place, the open hand takes the metal sarissa supplied really well, and you could even carefully close the hand to grip the sarissa
My favourite pack, well its PYR30, the command pack, four completely brilliant models. that will require some very careful painting to get the most out of al the detail crammed onto them.
If you are considering building your own Pyrrhic army, I would definately recommend buying into the Aventine range, as it seems it is going to be a full, and quite extensive collection of figures. The Romans are already there, and I believe that Adam and Keith have plans for more Italians, and even Carthaginians too. 
Don't forget the phalanx models are not just restricted to the Pyrrhic army, they could do equal service in any Successor type army as well.

A final note, and something that is often overlooked. Aventine Miniatures customer service is very good indeed, even down to calling me to explain about a problem with the shield transfers. I had e-mails informing me of the order progress, and my models arrived after only a few days.

what more can I say but go out and buy some, if this period is your cup of tea. I don't think you will be disappointed.


  1. Good review- next step is the painting, yeah? If so, it would be good to see.


  2. Well, got a few of em primed up ready to go, so hopefully I'll get some painted pics up soon.

  3. I love these figures,just need a reason to buy them:-))))


  4. Good army for Armati, useful opponents against Carthaginians or Romans.
    They are nice shiny figures, the best available for this army, who needs an excuse to buy lead anyway ;-]]]

  5. Must not start new army! Must not start new army!Must not start new army...

  6. Thankfully I can read this blog safe in the knowledge I'll never get into ancients... least not in 28mm.

    One thing intrigues me though Nige - I have big enough problems with the short 5'-6' (to scale) steel spears used by my early Saxons; not only a pain to transport, but also prone to breaking the glue join. Tried drilling the hand, rather than opening it up, but they still come loose.

    So, how do you plan to keep this affixed?

  7. Those Aventine early Italians are top notch so there's no reason their Successors shouldn't be too.

    In my younger days I had a Seleucid army and araldited the pikes to the base of the figure as well as the hands. No breakages at all.


  8. Dunk I tend to file the hands down a bit, so I can then gently squeeze them shut around the Pike, add a bit of supaglue, or Araldite, and hey presto!! Mind you, the buggers hurt a lot when you skewer you hand wth a whole unit of them!!