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Miniatures Adventure => Age of Myths, Gods and Empires => Topic started by: Aaron on July 06, 2009, 03:56:08 PM

Title: Aventine Miniatures Etruscans
Post by: Aaron on July 06, 2009, 03:56:08 PM
I recently came across Aventine Miniatures http://www.aventineminiatures.co.uk/index.html (http://www.aventineminiatures.co.uk/index.html) range of Etruscans. Since Etruscan history is one of my interests I ordered six packs as the possible start of an Impetus army.  since this company is new I thought I would offer up a little review and comparison.

First off, the communication and customer service are top notch. Keith was very prompt and accomodated my request for some variant shields and extra spears and threw in a bonus mounted figure to boot! They arrived in about a week (not bad in my experience with ordering from the UK.)

The figures themselves are sculpted in a more "robust" style very reminiscent of Mark Sims. My castings were very crisp with minimal mold lines (almost none) and those very well placed along clothing folds and other convenient places. No mold lines running through the face!  lol

From my limited knowledge they are very accurate and will make excellent opponents or allies for Crusader's Samnites and/or Republican Romans. Aventine also plans to release their own Romans from a slightly earlier period later on.

My somewhat rushed paint job did not do them justice, but you can see a few shots in my LAF gallery including a size comparison with Gripping Beast, Crusader, and Old Glory. http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?action=gallery;su=user;u=520;cat=191 (http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?action=gallery;su=user;u=520;cat=191)

Here is one shot of the hoplites.
(http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/3/520_06_07_09_5_32_29_1.jpg)

I took the pictures while simultaneously grilling dinner and minding my two-year-old son, so the quality is not the greatest.  o_o

One thing to note in the size comparison shots is that the Aventine figures are on a 3mm thick peice of card while the GB and OG figures are on a thin peice of sheet steel. The height difference is not as much as it appears. I would mix these figures in an army, but not in the same unit.

Aaron
Title: Re: Aventine Miniatures Etruscans
Post by: Doc Twilight on July 06, 2009, 07:12:06 PM
Absolutely beautiful miniatures, and a beautiful paint job to boot. The sculptor's 3rd Century Romans are probably my favorite ancient figs, bar none. The Etruscans are gorgeous.  One of these days we'll decipher their language, perhaps sooner than later if we can get through that damned library at Herculaneum...

-Doc

Title: Re: Aventine Miniatures Etruscans
Post by: jet on July 17, 2009, 05:52:56 PM
My friend just ordered a large pile of these, and they certainly are spectacular figures.  I love how yours are painted, and as a hardcore Impetus player, I look forward to seeing yours based-up.
Title: Re: Aventine Miniatures Etruscans
Post by: Aaron on July 20, 2009, 11:38:06 AM
Thanks. I pulled out some more to start on, so all I need now is free time.  ::)
Title: Re: Aventine Miniatures Etruscans
Post by: Aaron on July 31, 2009, 02:32:02 PM
I finally managed to finish a base worth of the Etruscans. I have another base worth primed and will most likely place an order for reinforcements this afternoon. They really are a joy to paint!

(http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/3/thumb_520_31_07_09_4_28_37.jpg)

And a little closer shot.
(http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/3/thumb_520_31_07_09_4_21_15_1.jpg)
Title: Re: Aventine Miniatures Etruscans
Post by: dodge on July 31, 2009, 02:43:40 PM
you couldn't make em a bit bigger could you ?

bit small to see the lovely painting  :D

dodge
Title: Re: Aventine Miniatures Etruscans
Post by: Aaron on July 31, 2009, 03:10:53 PM
Hmm. Maybe I linked the thumbs instead of the full monty shots.

(http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/3/520_31_07_09_4_28_37.jpg)

(http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/3/520_31_07_09_4_21_15_1.jpg)
Title: Re: Aventine Miniatures Etruscans
Post by: Super_Gibbon on July 31, 2009, 05:11:31 PM
Lovely work! Now another shot that lets us see the big impetus base.