All the options for the Late Carthaginians on display.

The Later Carthaginians (II/32) are one of my favourite armies. Mostly it is the romanticism of their failed struggle against the Romans in the first two Punic wars, particularly under the talented leadership of Hamilcar Barca and Hannibal. Then there’s the interest in the wide variety of troops, mostly mercenary, that they used to source their armies: Libyans, Numidians, Spanish and Gauls being the main ones. This variety makes for an army that is powerful, though not always straightfoward to use. The figures are Corvus Belli.

The army from another angle.

Relative to its historical opponents the Carthaginians had a powerful mounted arm. The have a mounted general (3Cv) and one 2LH; the other two mounted elements can be either  elephants or another one each of 3Cv and 2LH. The 3Cv are either Libyan, or Gauls or even Spanish. The command element is painted as native Carthaginians; I have the ability to field the other element as Libyans or Gauls (the Gallic headhunter is likely to make them a popular choice!).

The Carthaginian elephants, complete with skirmishing escort.

The rest of the ‘native’ part of the Carthaginian army are Libyan spearmen and Libyan javelinmen. These combined provide a useful solid block of psiloi-backed spear.

The Carthaginian element of the army: command element, Libyan cavalry, Libyan spear, Libyan skirmishers and the elephants.

Numidians, nominally subject but more allied neighbours, provided the Carthaginians with outstanding light horse and some useful light foot.

The Numidians.

Before the Second Punic war Hamilcar Barca expanded Carthaginian power into the Iberian peninsula, which provided his city with a rich supply of precious metals and fierce soldiers. These are not really, in my opinion, adequately represented in the army list, as one can only take one element of 3/4Ax, which can be Spanish scutarii (potentially classed as regular in DBM). This 4Ax could also be Italians, such as Bruttians, either serving as mercenaries in the First Punic War, or fighting with Hannibal in the Second Punic War. In addition one can potentially take some 2Ps, which could be Spanish caetrati or the famous Balearic slingers. The proportion of Spaniards could be increased by classing one of the 3Cv as Spanish and one of the possible 3Wb as Celtiberians.

The Spanish: Scutarii (left), caetrati (right) and Balaeric slingers (rear). Next to them are Bruttian foot that could be used instead of the Scutarii.

Lastly the Carthaginians made use of Gauls, either as mercenaries, or when Hannibal, and later Hasdrubal, invaded the Italian peninsula, as allies. These can be 3Cv or 3Wb. The three 3Wb are optional, as an alternative to three 2Ps.

The Gauls, cavalry and warbands.

The army also has its own camp, complete with an individual being crucified, possibly the last unsuccessful leader!

The Carthaginian Camp.

The Carthaginian Camp.

2 Responses to “Later Carthaginians”

  1. neldoreth Says:

    Nice paint work there! Really inspiring stuff here…


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