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Chariobaude 213 Aug 2021 1:15 p.m. PST

i'm starting a new project : recreating the army of Justinian and Belisarius, conquerors of Africa, Italy and (part of..) Spania.comitatusgaulois.wordpress.com/belisaire-lempire-contre-attaque

the first troops to be reviewed will be the Boukellarioi, who were the private troops of the Roman generals. In reality, these mercenaries were less so than before, and their status approached more and more traditional units, but they still remained very attached to their leader.
In the 6th century, they were exclusively horsemen, wielding both the bow and the lance, generally heavily armed.
These men represented a part of the elite of the Roman army, on which it relied heavily.
The historian Procopius, usually quite reliable, wrote that Belisarius had as many as 7,000 for his African campaign, which is considerable.
My main inspiration is the dish from Isola Rizza, late 6th-early 7th centuries AD, depicting a Byzantine heavy cavalryman charging german opponents


Obviously, there is many lovely artworks on internet, depicting heavy byzantine cavalry, boukellarioi or regular one.We will see these in the next preview.

comitatusgaulois.wordpress.com/belisaire-lempire-contre-attaque

Texaswalker14 Aug 2021 7:22 a.m. PST

There's a lot of good information on an interesting period on your blog. Can you tell me who the manufacturer of the figures that you are using is?

Chariobaude 214 Aug 2021 1:11 p.m. PST

Hello TexasWalker, those minis are coversions of my own : a mix between late roman cavalry from MiniArt, late reoman infantry from Italeri, Zvezda sarmatians and gear from many other manufacturers ! ;-)

Texaswalker14 Aug 2021 1:33 p.m. PST

Good job on the conversions.

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