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From Ancient to Medieval Greeks

I have shifted focus from the 4th C BC to the 11th C AD. This is down to a planned Siege of Antioch game (1st Crusade) in January and Manzikert (1071) later in the year.

This has given me a great excuse to dust off my 10th-11th century Byzantine army which has not seen action in decades due to a lack of suitable opponents. Now, with friends building armies of Normans, Arabs and Turks, they will have plenty to fight. A mini-campaign in Italy is a distinct possibility, as well as action agains the Seljuks.

My existing Byzantine figures are Minifigs and Hinchliffe 25mm first painted in the late 1970s/early 80s. With a little bit of touching up the paintwork and improving the basing I think they still look pretty good.


I have also delved into my unpainted lead mountain to rescue some suitable auxiliaries that had been languishing in boxes for several decades.

I recently painted this unit of Minifigs Italo-Normans, from the lead mountain, to represent Normans and ‘Franks’ in Byzantine service.

These figures I converted long ago from the sadly defunct Corvus 25mm range of Normans. I gave them quilted armour and mail aventails to give them an eastern look and mounted them on (mostly) Wargames Foundry horses. I have just finished painting them as Georgians (using Georgian symbols on their shields) but they could happily represent just about any 11th century Christians.

A newly purchased Gripping Beast command group is my latest addition. They are lovely miniatures and I really enjoyed painting them.

Of course it is difficult to fit newer 28mil figures into a 25 mil army. However my 25s are mounted on quite thick bases. By using a thinner base for the 28s they do not look too out of proportion next to this Garrison general and Minifig escorts — especially when viewed from a distance.

I still have a few figures on the painting table — to flesh out older units and add some more command groups. Fortunately Minifigs are still available from Caliver Books as are Hinchliffe from Lancashire Games.


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Richard Speedman
Richard Speedman
Dec 20, 2022

I think it's great that not only your old figures will once again get a chance to fight on the tabletop but they will look so good doing so. Your basing really 'lifts' your miniatures (literally in the case of the thicker stands!) and brings a coherence to units and stands painted decades apart. Lovely stuff!

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Simon MacDowall
Simon MacDowall
Dec 20, 2022
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Thanks Spike

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Ernie Fosker
Ernie Fosker
Dec 19, 2022

Cor, Simon, they look superb! And you have a Garrison general? Now you're talking! Garrison models were excellent, they were light years ahead of their time in terms of design and detail, cracking little figures.

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Simon MacDowall
Simon MacDowall
Dec 20, 2022
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Thanks Ernie. If you like Garrison I have some Seljuk Turks. I shall post pics shortly.

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