Konstantinians started

I’ve started painting the figures to ‘morph’ my Nikephorian Byzantine army into a Konstantinian Byzantine one. It’s quite a variety of elements: 1x3Kn, 1x3Cv, 1x2LH, 1x4Sp, 1x4Bw, 1x2Ps, and 1xArt!

Horses nearly there

Horses nearly there

I’ve nearly finished the horses, and I’ve already made the shield decals for this army, so hopefully these should all be finished in a couple of weeks.

The 3Kn will represent Italo-Norman mercenaries.

The 3Cv are Thematic kavallarioi. By this stage horse archery was in decline, so the figures are all lancers.

The 2LH are Pecheneg mercenaries.

The 4Sp might be supposed to represent Varangian Guard, who apparently fought as spearmen during the period this list covers. I was a bit wary of using Varangian figures as spearmen because if my opponent was unfamiliar with the army they may assume that they are Bd. Instead I have used Outpost ‘light’ spearmen, who will represent marines for this list. They will probably be landsmen when they are in my Komnenan army though.

The 4Bw aren’t actually on the DBM army list at all. I’ve assumed they are a precursor to the 4Bw elements on the Komnenan Byzantine list.

The 2Ps are Akontistai javelinmen.

The Art element will be a ballista with crew. The DBM army list says it is a cart with ballista at each end, but that turns out to be a translation error which was caused by the Byzantines not having a word for ‘counterweight trebuchet’. There’s more on that on the interesting Tabulae Novae Exercituum page.

All of the figures are from Outpost Wargames Services, except for the akontistai, which are from Khurasan, and the ballista, which is an Irregular Miniatures model with an Essex Miniatures crew.

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