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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Byzantine Strategos











Here are a few photos of my Byzantine Strategos made by Gripping Beast. I've always wanted a Byzantine army, so with the new Saga Byzantine faction rules and battle board in Wargames Illustrated 301, it seemed like the right time to get started. I will build the army up from a small Saga force to a fairly large Tagmatic Byzantine army for Hail Caesar using the Gripping Beast and Crusader ranges. I already have a Seljuk Turk army of Perry Miniatures as opponents.

Visually I really like the 25mm round bases used for infantry in Saga and other rule sets and have recently acquired movement trays to accommodate these. Instead of a standard unit of 8 by 3 with  20mm square bases, my mixed units of Kontaratoi (front two ranks) and Toxotai (back rank) will be 6 by 3 on 25mm round bases, which is about the same width, but requires six fewer figures per unit. I've also settled on eight figures (staggered in two ranks of four) as the optimum size for small units of infantry skirmishers and have movement trays both square and round for these as well.







12 comments:

  1. That is going to be a very impressive army. I'm looking forward to following your progress. It sounds like you have really thought out the basing scheme.

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    1. Thanks Jonathan, hopefully the smaller unit sizes will make it easier to get them painted and on the table.

      Mike

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  2. Fantastic looking figure...and pictures!
    Phil.

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    1. Thanks Phil, the GB Byzantines are excellent figures.

      Mike

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  3. He looks just great and a fitting leader!

    Christopher

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  4. That is WI #301, by the way. Mini looks good. I look forward to seeing the rest of the force and maybe a battle report on how well the Byzantine faction does.

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  5. Thanks Dale, 301 of course! Will do once I've finished the rest.

    Mike

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  6. Congrats, I've awarded you a Liebster Blog award!

    Now that your an award winning blog, I'm a sure that fame and fortune wait you and you're practically guaranteed to purchase a winning lottery ticket today *

    Well done

    Miles

    * A 10% finders fee is customary in these situations (just so you know)

    :)


    Miles

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  7. Thanks Miles, I've already been nominated, so unfortunately you 10% finder fee, doesn't apply :)!

    Cheers

    Mike

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  8. He looks impressive in that background. Great work, look forward to see more Byzantine
    Cheers,
    Michael

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  9. Thanks Michael, hopefully I'll finish some over Xmas/New Year.

    Cheers

    Mike

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