Thursday 28 November 2019

More Late Romans: Ballistarii (conversions involved!)

Hi guys,

Some time ago I wanted to include in my late Roman army a unit of ballistarii, or crossbows... As far as I know, there are not specific miniatures for the "rare" late Roman crossbows, so I needed some conversion work... How? well, I took 4 Psiloi of "Crusader Miniatures" Byzantine range, and substituted their heads them with Roman/Arthurian heads from "West Wind"... and voilà, sort of a Roman ballistarii.

I used as reference some Late Roman illustrations from several books (Osprey, Concord, etc...)

Now the miniatures, they are based for Impetus (well, Basic Impetus), but perfectly suitable for other games like Hail Caesar or any other flexible game that uses multibased miniatures (so not SAGA).

And now, just a test model for another simple conversion that I will cover in another post: Late Roman "Funditores" or slingers. I use Gripping Beast  plastics to convert these, very simple, and painted in a "fast" way.



  1. Great conversion and brush work! Chic historical period, I look forward to continue 8)

    1. Thanks mate! there will be more updates soon on this matter :)

  2. Really nice conversions and of course excellent painting!
    Best Iain

    1. Thanks!! tomorrow I will update the blog with more Romans :)