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In honour of a nascent tabletop scourge that brooks no challengers - namely, the infamous cowboy of @Eisenhans - with a Byzantine twist: Behold the heavily armoured Catarat monstrous cavalry!
Cataphract pun. Note draco rat standard and X-shaped amulets with the symbol of the Last Human Ruler of Avras Quartered by Four Vermin Hulks hanging from the rat and human skulls beneath the ostentatious saddle. Note also rivetted metal plates strapped to the undersides of the mount's paws, to protect against caltrops. The lamellar armour of the Monstrous Rat is bedecked with a rope harness sporting tiny bells, ringing out to the enemy general or head wizard, for whom the bells toll...
Also, as inspirational reference, Skaven Priest by Nikos Boukouvalas:
And feedback from Ulthuan.net:
Looking pretty good. Byzantine ratmen fit Byzantine up to a certain degree. At least they got the backstabbing and weird technology part correct. They are missing the organization part of the Byzantine empire though. In my opinion, GW took the backstabbing a bit too far with Skaven. While it's certainly possible to have 6 emperors in a year doing so on a regular basis will derail your society completely. It ended up more comical then menacing in my opinion.
One resource I found at some point in pdf form was the book The Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire by Edward N. Luttwak. I can't find the source online anymore. It might have disappeared somewhere. But perhaps google can help you. Or I could have a look for the file.
The sculpting tutorials are great (I think you already posted most of them before somewhere). The scale mail one can actually be used when you want to sculpt feathers as well. Roughly the same idea.
Reading the short history here I started thinking about the downfall and humans retaking Avras. I don't know how much of it is already clear. But it would be very fitting if the humans actually managed to retake Avras by being invited in. Which would be very similar to the sack of Constantinople during the 4th crusade. It's very hard to take an impregnable city defended by lots of bodies. But what if a warlord got it into his head that he wanted to overthrow the ruling emperor (or council). And to do so he hired a mercenary army of humans and snuck them into the city. They end up being successful, but a bit more successful then anticipated. Feels very right to me.
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I recommend "Byzantium, the surprising story of a medieval empire" and "the short history of Byzantium" full books but full of information
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