Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Sassanid Cataphracts


Here are some Sassanid cataphracts that I've just finished painting. These are all A&A Miniatures with LBM shield transfers. I have started on some more Sassanid Aswaran/Asbaran/Savaran, the heavily armoured aristocratic cavalry, but these all have unarmoured horse.

Between Christmas and New Year we did a three day bushwalk in the Snowy Mountains from Geehi to Thredbo up Hannels Spur. Below are a few photos of our trip with our friends Shaun and Viv. Hannels Spur through to Mt Kosciuszko is the largest vertical climb in Australia at 1880m. On our second day we were overtaken by a guy who had run up from Geehi that morning!

Sorting out packs

Doctor Forbes Hut

Starting out - Hannels Spur looms above

Slogging up in hot weather

Moiras Flat campsite end of day one

A leech on Shaun's leg

Clearing of Geehi visible in the background

Sign near Byatts Camp

Views into Victoria

A very large earthworm

Near Abbot Peak

Lunch and a swim at the Wilkinson's Creek weir

A yabbie claw

An alpine funnel web spider lurks in its burrow

Wilkinsons Creek campsite end of day two

Mt Townsend, second highest peak in Australia

View along the main range with Mt Jagungal in the distance


  1. Great looking cataphracts! Love the outdoor scenes - the leech was keeping it real.

    1. Thanks Dean, we've got a Sassanid vs Late Romans game lined up next week. It was a great walk, it's usually too cold for leeches up there.

  2. Very nice figures and thanks for sharing the walk - I have been blogging quite a few bush walks these holidays too but nothing quite as impressive as your efforts here!

    1. Thanks rross, no worries. Bushwalking is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, after all the lockdowns of the past year or so.

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    1. Thanks Michal, A&A have some great ranges.

  4. Splendid looking cataphracts and nice terrain!
    Best Iain

  5. Thanks Iain, the back drop photo was taken near Goreme in Cappadocia, Turkey.


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