Friday, December 9, 2011

Aventine Tarentine cavalry

Finally finished the Tarentine cavalry I've had for nearly a year. Figures are from Aventine Miniatures and shield designs are from LBM.
The figure with no shield will be used as a command figure.




The name Tarentine clearly derives from Tarantum, the large and powerful Greek city on the west coast of Italy formerly named Taras (modern Taranto) whose conflicts with the native Italian peoples were to prove an alluring attaction to military adventurers from the Greek peninsula in the late Classical and early Hellenistic eras. By Polybios' day however, such "Tarantines" did not come from Tarantum; rather any cavalry that fought in the manner of Tarantine cavalry were described as such.1

1. See Duncan Head's discussion of Tarantines in his Armies of the Macedonian and Macedonian Punic Wars, WRG (1982)



9 comments:

  1. Lovely work. Aventine sure make some excellent figures.

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  2. Fantastic looking figures - the shields came out very nicely

    Miles

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  3. These are amazing -- great job!

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  4. Wow!! Fantastic painting, they look excellent!

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  5. Thanks gents. Now a few more Romans then onto the pike.

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  6. Lovely painting .I like the individual basing...right up my street :-D
    Cheers
    paul

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  7. Very, very nice painting! Great work my friend.

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