Atheling's Early Byzantines, Belisarus' Boukellaroi

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Atheling's Early Byzantines, Belisarus' Boukellaroi

Post by Atheling_2006 » Mon May 03, 2021 11:30 am

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There is a whole gamut of pictures featuring the unit from various angles and single ranks on my blog here:
https://justaddwater-bedford.blogspot.c ... laroi.html


I present to you Belisarius' Boukellaroi/Bucellarii. I have enjoyed painting up this unit more then any of the rest in the army and I think that is really says something! Every unit from the Aventine Early Byzantine range so far has been a real pleasure to paint up. Minimal cleaning up, perhaps a little filing here and there and very crisp castings. Adam's sculpting is sublime. I really think the whole range is exquisite.

The banner will be a dead giveaway to many so it will come as no surprise that I have painted up this unit as Belisarius' Boukellaroi. I have tried to include as much variation in colour on the horses to keep a real sense of individuality. Same with the bards on the equines. I have equipped the Boukellaroi in similar colours as their equipment would have been personally handed to them by the general himself and a degree of uniformity with minor variations such as patterns on the caparisons beneath the horse armours to allow for a small degree of individual expression without diminishing the uniform look.

I have been debating with myself as to whether to include pennons at the end of the kontos. I am almost certain that pennons would not have been used to decorate such a lengthy weapon as it was used as both a thrusting weapon and a fencing weapon. Fencing with a four meter long "spear" would have been almost impossible with the added encumbrance of the pennon.

I have included a Draco standard in the back rank, carried by an officer, as I believe dressing the ranks would have been paramount for the unit as it entered combat at a cantor. The Draco standard also helps to offset the whopping great banner of Belisarius to the right centre of the unit. In art college speak by placing the Draco where I have the eye will move around the unit. Or at least that is my hope!

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Re: Atheling's Early Byzantines, Belisarus' Boukellaroi

Post by BaronVonWreckedoften » Mon May 03, 2021 12:28 pm

From what I recall (it's been a couple of years since I last met him) that's a very good likeness of our Count!!!

And generally spiffing work overall - excellent!
Kein Plan überlebt den ersten Kontakt mit den Würfeln. (No plan survives the first contact with the dice.)
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Re: Atheling's Early Byzantines, Belisarus' Boukellaroi

Post by Atheling_2006 » Mon May 03, 2021 3:16 pm

BaronVonWreckedoften wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 12:28 pm
From what I recall (it's been a couple of years since I last met him) that's a very good likeness of our Count!!!

And generally spiffing work overall - excellent!
Thanks again Baron.

The image is taken from the "Justinian Mosaics" at the church of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy.

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Post by BaronVonWreckedoften » Mon May 03, 2021 5:29 pm

Dodgy looking bunch - wouldn't trust any of them to babysit.....
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Re: Atheling's Early Byzantines, Belisarus' Boukellaroi

Post by Atheling_2006 » Mon May 03, 2021 6:44 pm

BaronVonWreckedoften wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 5:29 pm
Dodgy looking bunch - wouldn't trust any of them to babysit.....
:lol:

Definitely not his wife anyway! :)

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Re: Atheling's Early Byzantines, Belisarus' Boukellaroi

Post by valleyboy » Tue May 04, 2021 9:47 am

Stunning and worth the full five :clappy: :clappy: :clappy: :clappy: :clappy:

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Post by Atheling_2006 » Tue May 04, 2021 11:49 am

valleyboy wrote:
Tue May 04, 2021 9:47 am
Stunning and worth the full five :clappy: :clappy: :clappy: :clappy: :clappy:
Cheers mate :thumbs:

The full five :?:

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Post by valleyboy » Tue May 04, 2021 8:39 pm

Five claps as above! Nothing gets more

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Post by Atheling_2006 » Tue May 04, 2021 9:12 pm

valleyboy wrote:
Tue May 04, 2021 8:39 pm
Five claps as above! Nothing gets more
Ah right. Then thanks you again :)

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Post by levied troop » Thu May 06, 2021 6:47 am

Wonderful colours, beautifully deep and luxurious, and first class free hand - I go 5.5.
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