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Byzantine Cataphract by kosv01 Byzantine Cataphract by kosv01
Cataphracts were the heavily armoured cavalry of the middle ages for the eastern Roman empire, Persians and more. Their name derives from the Greek "Kataphraktos" meaning "all armoured".
The big guy above is a Greek cataphract of the Byzantine empire, around 9th century. I 'm especially proud for his weapon ( named matzoukio) whitch i design it from a photo.

Hope you like it people.

---Kostas
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Ainigmos Featured By Owner Edited Sep 20, 2016
LOL, Hellenophilic Byzantine with the Eastern conical helmet, the Gothic-style greaves and in the steppe-style aketon without pteryges - worthy only for barbarians off Oikoumene, dares pretend to a heir of Romans and Hellenes!
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darklord86 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
This is outstanding!
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Randomnlguy Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
So I guess the weapon's name is Greek for mace?
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IZmajOgnjeniVukI Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
The pic is great, but I believe that over chain-mail was lammelar armor, not padded.
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Padded armour was most common type of protection during middle Byzantine period.Lamelar armour or scale armour were also used both most cavalery would only had padded.Combination of padded armour-mail-padded-lamellae was also sometimes the case especially in the cataphract was the Emperor himself.
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Pimsleurable Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
I love how Samurai these boys looked
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Oznerol-1516 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Impresive! The padded armor, the scales on the horse, the mace, the mail and the gold embroidery on the cloack, everything is as magnificent as historical. Really like it. Thanks for doing artworks like this one.
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Trotsky17 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
The cataphracts have always fascinated me. Regular Roman cavalry wasn't very good. The catapracts fought both against and for the Romans.
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IZmajOgnjeniVukI Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Hey Trotsky, I know this is out of nowhere, but as we share fascination with these first shock troops, I was wondering do you maybe have some pdf literature or articles concerning cataphracts, especially byzantine ones. I don't want to seem rude, but I was hoping we could exchange literature we have.
All the best.
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GIOVANNI-PALUMBO Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
this is great, always like this time in history
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OldPixelJunky Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
Truly amazing. Thanks for the history lesson too :)
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kosv01 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
U r welcome.
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makithaca Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Είσαι καταπληκτικός μεγάλε!! Ζήτω η Αγία Ανατολική Ρωμαίϊκη Αυτοκρατορία!!
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DawnroseofRedwall Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Απιστευτο!!!!!!!:)
Ειναι τοσο καλο!Μπραβο!!!!
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DragonStrider Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am so proud my countryfolk used these as well.
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theubbergeek2 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
I heard that the origin of this form of heavy cavalry came from the Scythians or Parthans, and seeped to Persians, then Romans. And someone around debated that, mixed with germanic peoples form of cavalry, they where the bases of what would become later european knights as warriors and gears.
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