Roman Cataphracts


I've finished the unit of Eastern, 'Later' cataphracts from Aventine Miniatures - intended for my third century army.The unit is made up of the following packs, plus one 'odd' figure to make up 16. I picked these packs because they have most 'late' features.

EIR86a Cataphracts 1 (x2)

EIR89 Cataphracts in scaled hoods levelled kontos

EIR90 Cataphracts in scaled hoods kontos upright 1

EIR92 Eastern Cataphract command

I figured that, as parts of at least two, maybe three, horse armours had been found in the ruins of Dura Europos, there's a very good chance that the Romans had cataphracts in the area in the mid third century… Of course, those armours might have been Sassanid instead, but I reckoned it a good enough reason to justify painting the unit. They were photographed before I'd made the movement trays for them. They're mounted on four of my 'usual' design of tray, four figures on each.

They are truly gorgeous figures, some of the nicest I've seen yet from any manufacturer. They were great fun to paint, and I can't recommend them highly enough.

I have enough (A&A Miniatures) figures left over to make another unit of sixteen infantry - which I'll probably paint up as 'auxilia' (though by the date these are aimed at, the distinction was a bit blurred). Apart from some equites sagittari, which will have to wait until Keith and Adam make some, I think I'm running out of things to add to this army, sadly.

But, for the moment, I'm back to the Old West again. Just starting on an 'unfinished' building from 4Ground - single storey this time.

Copyright Dr. P.C. Hendry, 2010