Plastic Soldier's T-34 conversions with various turrets in a Hammers Slammer game
( photo by John Treadaway)
- Varangians - mercenary very heavy infantry (with Space Axes as per EE Doc Smith's "Lensman" series)
- Latnikon/Normans - mercenary armoured cavalry, whatever cavalry comes out as
- Skythicon/Turcopoloi - mercenary light cavalry, whatever cavalry comes out as
- Gianitzaroi - mercenary light infantry
Mercenaries in the future may of course be Aliens (not Alans) :)
Added to that the home grown elite forces (Tagmata) with an extremely heavy cavalry force (klibanophoi) and regional (aka planetary) forces (Themata), with border region warlords and their Boukellarii ("biscuit eaters - effectively huscarls). Mixing up my Byzantine eras I know, but hey....
And then there is the Navy, with Dromons and Greek Fire.....
But despite all this, my overwhelming urge is to put kepis on Space Troopers and call them the Legion Etraterrestriale :)