Tuesday, 11 December 2012
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.