Category Archives: Byzantines

Numidians and eastern javelinmen

A couple of simple additions.  Everyone needs Numidians right?  I ordered these figs a long, long time ago.  They are from Foundry, from the Mark Copplestone sculpts in the Caesarian Roman range.  They are nice figs, but I didn’t check them when I received them and several of the feet were miscast.  If you look you’ll see it but I guess people don’t pick up Numidians and say, “Wow!  Nice figs.”  So I doubt anyone will notice.  I either didn’t get shields for all of them or lost half the shields.  Hard to say.   But these guys picked up some shields from dead hoplites.  I decided to paint them as I think an early Byzantine army will need some Moors, and I hope to do one of those with figs coming from Aventine.  Anyway, here they are:

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I probably spent more time on the bases than on painting the figs.  OK, I exaggerate.

But as I was working on bases for kind of arid climes, I decided to do up the bases on these Eastern javelinmen I completed long ago.  I think the figs are Old Glory, but I don’t know what range.  They are LI w/javelin in ADLG terms.  Way more than I will ever need for a game of that.

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All the Byzantines

Photographed all of the Byzantines.  Here they all are in a single pic, individual units pictured below.

The Crusader cav – two units of 12 with the LBM shield transfers are newly painted.  All the rest I’ve had for sometime, but rebased for use in SAGA.


This guy is wearing purple.  He must think he’s the emperor or something.


He likes to be surrounded by these guys.  Makes him feel safe.  Old Glory Clibanophoroi.


The printed banner is by LBM.  The big sacred banner is painted by hand on linen.  Beautiful.  I wish I could take credit for it by I commissioned a pro painter, Scott Morris to paint it.  He did a fantastic job don’t you think?


Here are a couple of units of infantry.  In SAGA you have to put units together with the same equipment, so for it, it would be 3 units, 2 of spears and 1 of archers.  The figures are Old Glory based on Barker’s fantasies about what soldiers were equipped with.  Nice sculpts and I do quite like the figures.




I seem to have lots of distractions.  I just finished rebasing my Byzantine foot and adding these mounted units so I’ll have enough Byzantines for SAGA.  I now have a LOT of byzantines for SAGA.  Conceptually this is a unit of Byzantine Kataphraktoi, front rank lancers, back rank archers.  It’s probably a better equipped Thema unit.  I would expect the Tagmatic Kataphraktoi perhaps to have half-armored horses at least for the front rank.  Not so well equipped Thema units might not have archers.

In SAGA terms it is three points of hearthguard and would be organized as two units of 6, one unit with lances and one unit with bows.

Figures are by Crusader with Shield Transfers by Little Big Men Studios.

Here are some pics: