During our recent family holiday I was lucky enough to be able to visit the church of San Vitale in Ravenna, to see the stunning Byzantine mosaics there.
Above is the photo of Emperor Justinian, with religious figures on the right and guards on his left. It has been suggested that the bearded figure immediately to Justinian's left is Count Belisarius, which is partly why I wanted to see the mosaics! I very much hope to raise a Belisarian Byzantine army at some stage. The shield is stunning, such vivid colours.
Above is the Empress Theodora with ladies in waiting.
And finally Christ Pantokrator, echoing Justinian who appears to have had something of a messiah complex.
The mosaics are absolutely stunning and well worth a visit; also don't miss the small mausoleum behind the church where you can see some beautiful mosaics really close up.
I'm just finishing some basing and will have some wargames material to post soon. Finally, if you play "To the Strongest!", I've recently been putting up a bunch of new army lists details here; there will be several more to follow over the coming week.