You might recognise these figures, as they snuck their way into the Saga Age of Crusades book. The following three photos are thus courtesy of Fred Machu / Studio Tomahawk :
Enough shameless plugging, on to the army !
The Warlord (Hero, 0 pts)
Accompanied by Varangian guards sent by the Emperor himself, the Strategos is ready to wage war on his eternal enemies…
Kavallarioi (3pts, Hearthguard)
Byzantine kavallarioi still fought in mixed formations in this period, but horse-archers dwindled as Western-style cavalry charges were adopted. In any case, the army list only allows lance-armed mounted hearthguard (except for the Athanatoi option).
Turkish Horse Archers (Warriors, 1pt)
The Byzantines always relied heavily on mercenaries, especially during this period. It thus seems fitting to portray their Warriors in this fashion.
Skutatoi (Levy, 2 pts)
Byzantine infantry still deployed in mixed formations, but they had ceased to be the backbone of the army. I admit I was initially disappointed that infantry in this army must all be levies, but I have grown to like the idea.
Slav Javelineers (Levy, 1 pt)
These troops are no doubt drawn from subject tribes in the Balkan régions. I can also play them as an 8-man unit of Mercenary Scouts (Eclaireurs).
Western Knights (Warriors - Mercenaries, 1 pt)
The Byzantines were past masters in playing off their enemies against each other. The exact figures I would use depend on the period being played.