Oops, totally missed that one...
But I was wondering if anyone had any specific thoughts on what might be good figures (manufacturer /line) for *Thardic* legionnaires, which probably look a little more 'medeival' and a little less 'Roman'. Maybe some 'late imperial legionnaires' or Byzantine troops rather than Republican Roman or early imperial legionnaires? Thoughts?
I think that Late Romans (hereafter "LR") would make very good Thardic Legionnaires, especially if you are using other early medieval figures for the feudal kingdoms (e.g. Normans).
might be a good choice. Browsing through their LR range, I've noted the following:
- BIG shields (LR shield sizes seem to vary greatly between different manufacturers)
- pants and leather shoes (makes them look less "Roman")
- beards (ditto)
- no helmet plumes or feathers (ditto again)
- the unarmoured warriors could very easily blend in with other warriors from the dark ages
As a bonus, it seems they can be easily mixed with Gripping Beast's Arthurian range, which contains (among other things) a few nice character figures.
Damn, I need to stock up on GB figures... so far I've only got some of their Normans.
Black Tree Design
also has a Late Roman line that is reportedly quite good, but they're in packs of 20, with 4 different poses each... ugh. And not even included in their current sale! Shame! The cavalry might be worth a try, though.
There must be a lot more more manufacturers, of course. After all, whenever new army lists for Warhammer Ancient Battles are published ("Fall of the West" in this case), everyone seems to come out with a matching line of miniatures.
As for Byzantines, I think Late Romans could in fact blend in better with Saxons and Normans. Byzantines look really quite different, with their lamellar armour and the eastern influences.