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madaxeman25 Jan 2024 12:16 p.m. PST

My Successor army moves on apace, with the latest addition being 3 units of Cataphracts, making the later version of the Seleucids an option to use at a future event (aka "Beachhead" in a couple of weeks!).

I already have some Gripping Beast fully armoured horse troops, which I painted up as Arab Ghilmen cavalry quite some time ago – however those figures were very wide, with the horse armour making it impossible to do the "wargames-standard" 4 figures to a base.

It was therefore with some trepidation that I picked up a box of GB's new Roman Cataphracts, only to be pleasantly surprised to find that they appear to have thinned-down the horses so it is almost – with caveats – possible to squeeze 4 of them together on a standard DBx-style 60mm wide base.

However, this feat of engineering was achieved with a bit of careful arrangement, slightly deeper than usual (50mm) bases, and some judicious use of the sprue clipper to remove any lower legs that were keeping the horses in the middle of each block too far apart!

With a number of "Greek" heads, and the aforementioned lack of leg action, they are now Successor Cataphracts !

A full explanation and more pictures can now be found on my website at:

Berzerker7325 Jan 2024 6:52 p.m. PST

Those look great!

Henry Martini26 Jan 2024 7:03 p.m. PST

With a bit of crude sculpting you could replace the amputated lower legs with more 2D Green Stuff 'prosthetics', mad. It might save you raised eyebrows if someone happens to notice your surgical modifications.

madaxeman28 Jan 2024 7:53 a.m. PST

I have done a bit of filling on some of them – and I may do the rest, but in all honestly it's so hard to notice (and hard to reach) that I'm in two minds whether to do the rest!

Henry Martini28 Jan 2024 6:32 p.m. PST

I would guess that any area you can't reach probably won't be visible anyway.

I have some of these figures yet to be based, but my bases have a 75mm frontage. I'd been wondering whether it'll be possible to squeeze four onto a base, but I think you've answered that question for me in the affirmative.

Archon6428 Jan 2024 8:49 p.m. PST

I think with these bearing down upon your opponent, counting incoming limbs will be the least of their concerns.

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