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  • #182039
    Avatar photoOB
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    I’ve being doing some Spanish Reconquista stuff using a mixture of newish and very old figures in 15mm.

    I opted for the days of El Cid rather than the later period.

    If it is of interest here’s the link.

    https://youdonotknowthenorth.blogspot.com

    OB
    http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/

    #182077
    Avatar photoTony S
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    I’m interested to see how you get on adapting Berbers for Billhooks.  Very interesting period.  (On a slightly related note, I just finished a pack of 15mm Spanish knights to sneak into a Byzantine army of Emperor Manuel I – originally as a very hidden, obscure “They’re from Barcelona” Fawlty Towers joke – but quite honestly, with the style of their shields and armour, they do look very Byzantine for this period).

    Your forces look very good indeed!

    #182080
    Avatar photoOB
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    Thanks Tony.  I’ve got  an Alexios/Manuel Army half done.

    OB
    http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/

    #182085
    Avatar photoJim Webster
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    Thanks Tony. I’ve got an Alexios/Manuel Army half done.

    Now they’re what I call real Byzantines.
    By the time you’ve deployed the Latinikon, the Scythikon, the Turkopouloi, and the Varangians, you don’t really need any actual Byzantines 😉

    Actually I’m very fond of my army from this period.

    But it’s even more fun if you take it to after 1204

     

    https://jimssfnovelsandwargamerules.wordpress.com/

    #182088
    Avatar photoOB
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    That’s a temptation Jim.

    The Latinikon needs doing.  The Scythikon, the Turkopouloi, and the Varangians are all done!  I have the Byzantine infantry done but not the cavalry.

    OB
    http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/

    #182089
    Avatar photoJim Webster
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    And you can get involved in the Crusades and all sorts of things 🙂

    https://jimssfnovelsandwargamerules.wordpress.com/

    #182104
    Avatar photoOB
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    That’s the plan.  On to Antioch!

    OB
    http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/

    #182128
    Avatar photoJim Webster
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    Not only that but when you build up the Turkish army, it can do as allies and auxiliaries for your later Byzantines, and you can get 12th and 13th century knights to make a later Latinikon and it would be a shame not to have them as a Crusader army.

    That only leaves you Syrians and Egyptians to get (but that with Turks would give you Saladin’s army. Oh look, another saving 😉

    https://jimssfnovelsandwargamerules.wordpress.com/

    #182133
    Avatar photoOB
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    Its a old story Jim.  I saved even more money by doing the Armenians too.  They’re not all painted but I have Crusaders, Byzantines, Seljuks, Fatimids, Ayubids and Armenians.

    I think of it as the Punic Wars Syndrome.  You start off with Carthaginians and Romans, then you begin to save some money by adding Numidian, Spanish and Gallic armies.

    OB
    http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/

    #182137
    Avatar photoJim Webster
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    I built a Numidian army by accident 🙂
    Whenever I was at a show and saw some nice 15mm Numidians I’d buy them to replace the old minifigs strip 15mm figures my Carthaginians were using.
    Anyway I suddenly discovered how many Numidians I had and with a few spare legionaries I can do them from before Hannibal to Caesar 🙂
    I’ve not done that with Spanish but the Gauls are growing

     

    https://jimssfnovelsandwargamerules.wordpress.com/

    #182151
    Avatar photoTony S
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    This is quite eerie.  Or perhaps the Pythonian phrase, “We are all individuals” applies.

    A couple of years ago, I raised an Armenian army for a club campaign, which is one of the reasons I started the Byzantine army.   But yes, all the other usual opponents were considered, all for the reasons that you’ve mentioned.  Although I did come very close to buying figures for a Lusignan Cypriot army, but plumped for Comnenans instead.  I think if Legio Heroica were still trading, I’d probably have picked up a Syrian army.  Or Frankish.  Or both.

    But I really laughed at the Punic Wars syndrome, and the accidental Numidians.  I blame Victrix for that – I started a Carthaginian army…but that needs Numidians.  And Gauls.  And Spanish.  And elephants.

    The elephant kit has figures for Carthaginians of course, but also figures for Numidians.  Then I realized that with all the light horsemen I’d painted for Hannibal, and with the skirmishers included with the Victrix plastics box, that I already had a smallish Numidian force by accident as well!   You certainly can’t buy a pack of a few figures when buying Victrix, so yeah, I’ve arrived at an army fairly accidentally too!

     

    #182166
    Avatar photoJim Webster
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    There are some armies that lend themselves to this sort of thing.
    I have always felt that a true Carthaginian army was what you got when a Carthaginian general swam ashore from his sinking ship, clutching his credit card in his teeth 🙂

    https://jimssfnovelsandwargamerules.wordpress.com/

    #182488
    Avatar photoOotKust
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    There are so many words in there I just do not understand, I’m a luddite at this one… ;-(

    #189538
    Avatar photoCacique Caribe
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    OB

    Fantastic figures.  Well done!

    Dan
    Loads of WIPs: https://www.flickr.com/photos/9593487@N07/albums/with/72157710630529376

    #189553
    Avatar photoOB
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    Thanks kindly Dan.  I hope to get back to this project in the Autumn.

    OB
    http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/

    #189850
    Avatar photoCacique Caribe
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    OB

    And we’ll be here and waiting for the updates, eagerly.

    Dan
    Loads of WIPs: https://www.flickr.com/photos/9593487@N07/albums/with/72157710630529376

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