Carthage Army List & Figures

Carthaginian Army list: 2nd Punic war, Italy

Subordinate General with light armor and shield 88pts
Trained African #24 full command, 255 pts
Gallic Infantry #24 full command, 159 pts
Gallic Infantry #24 full command, 159 pts
Skirmishers #10, Musician, 45 pts
Gallic Cav #6 full command, 129 pts
Spanish Hv Cav #6 with light armor,  full command, 165 pts
1000 pts

The army list is roughly based on Hannibal’s army, 2-4 years into the Italian campaign.  Gallic Infantry makes up the majority of the infantry units, with Spanish and African units completing the formed units.  Cavalry is a mix of Gauls, Spanish and Numidians.  Units missing in the 1000 point list will be added at the 2000 level.

For this first phase, all figures are from Wargames Factory.  My first order included not only the Celtic horse and Numidian I ordered, but bonus sprues of Roman Cav, Zulus and Ancient Germans!  Multi-part plastic might be a bit more work to assemble, but they open the door for easy conversion.  I like the Roman mail bodies with Numidian heads and shields as Spanish Cav.  The standard Numidian spearman is servicable, but I’m concerned that the spear is too short.  The Zulu with a Numidian head was an attempt at an additional skirmisher – but the smaller head looks funny on the well muscled body.

I’m interested in feed back from people on the following configurations.

  • Trained Africans = Numidians with spear and shield
  • Gallic Infantry = Celts
  • Skirmishers = Numidians with javelins
  • Gallic cav = Celtic cav
  • Spanish Hv Cav = Roman cav armored bodies with Numidian armored heads and shields

Army Elements_800

Zulu with Numidian head, Ancient German x2, Celt, Numidian Spearman, Numidian Skirmisher

Spanish Cav Ancient Germans Spearman

Skirmisher African

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  1. #1 by The Lion of Carthage on June 19, 2009 - 1:48 pm

    If you are trying for a Hannibal army, 2-4 years into Italy, those trained Africans, should not Numidians. Hannibal’s African(Libyan and Liby-Phoenician) troops were his most reliable and battle hardened troops, some even having served longer than Hannibal himself. After the battle of Trasimene, Hannibal re-armed his Africans with Roman equipment.

    A good example:

    Please take this into consideration, if you have Hannibal, you must have his veterans.

  2. #2 by chicagoterrainfactory on June 19, 2009 - 2:32 pm

    All true. However, in an army of 1000 points, Veterans at 17pts each are just not practical. Don’t worry, Veterans will be part of the 2K army & most likely be made up of Crusader figures.

    As an aside – the WAB Hannibal army list has units for Trained Africans and Veterans. Would these troops be the same units, separated by early campaign and late campaign?

  3. #3 by The Lion of Carthage on June 19, 2009 - 4:03 pm

    Alright, though maybe your “Trained Africans” should be the Libyans, that Hannibal, carried over before he re-equipped them with Roman armour. So yeah, they are Hannibal’s Veterans, in an earlier campaign. If you own the book, Hannibal and the Punic War, the WAB miniatures book, look at the top of page 18. There it will explain the Africans to you. Then, the Trained Africans, so it says in your WAB Hannibal book, for short, that these men would have fought in a close formation. Pretty much hoplites.

    Here is a good example:

    So in a nutshell, you should replace those Numidian infantry men with Libyan Spearmen. Much more historically accurate and it gives you some of Hannibal’s hardest and most seasoned troops.

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