This list is drawn from the Praecepta Militarium of Nikephoros II and is a list for the purist Byzantine general who wants to use his native troops. The list doesn't just show what was suggested in the text but what was apparently available.
A concession has been made to the text with the infantry gaining a better flank defence to represent Greek Fire Siphoneers and the organised detachments actually provided to defend the same flanks.
In addition the infantry was expected to withstand Cataphracts in a shallow formation, a thing not expected before, or later, which suggests a higher standard of infantry or a better formaton.
Much less in the way of troop choices with horse armour is available than in previous armies since the text makes it clear that the army was hard put to provide enough horse armour for the Kataphractoi, let alone other units.
|Era: Triumph of Cavalry|| ||Nikephorian Praecepta Army Army 963AD to 969 AD||CR: H: 5 L: 4|| ||BP: 2||Init: 7|
Bonus: (Max: 3 ) 2GR; 2SH; 1RG;
Core: 97 Bonus: 206
*Kataphractoi are not subject to obligatory charge.
** One line only may be used in a battle. Either FV6 or FV5 not both.
*** Warbands may not be used with FT Varangians. WB have 4 break points and move 6 inches.
Ordo Link: Nikephorian Praecepta
Last Edited: 02 May 2006
List Author: Luxor