Impetus – Punic Citizen Infantry

Time to finish up the punic citizen infantry. They ought to represent – when needed – Hannibal’s veterans or other non-Libyan Punic heavy infantry. Units are formed in 3 ranks deep (which I believe I should do for every base of heavy infantry (FP), including already based Numidians), 36 troopers in each base.


Carthage relied largely – and at later time, entirely on mercenaries and colonist levies in their manpower needs. After loss of Sacred Band during Sicilian wars, there was little left in the manpower pool to draw from, and subsequently Carthaginian citizens did not fight in rank and file during foreign expeditions.

There is a little debate wether Carthaginian heavy infantry under Hannibal would have been Macedonian style phalanx, armed with very long sarissa (pike). I am inclined to think that the general outlook of an army was closer to a Roman legion than Macedonian phalanx. 


My two bases worth of Punic citizen infantry going through the last stages before being ready to be fielded. Process that I have adopted is essentially same as Baccus wash method.

Readily painted figures on 30mm x 60mm MDF base.

Readily painted figures on 30mm x 60mm MDF base.

Next step in basing, sand glued on the base with quite liquid PVA glue.

Next step in basing, sand glued on the base with quite liquid PVA glue.

After sand has dried, it is washed with base brown color.

After sand has dried, it is washed with base brown color.

Base coat after three layers of dry brushing.

Base coat after three layers of dry brushing, every layer a bit lighter than one before it.

Some static grass, little bit of fine grain flock and bases are ready for battle.

Some static grass, little bit of fine grain flock and bases are ready for battle.

Now when I look at the citizen infantry, it occurred to me that it would be justified to have Hannibal veterans wear Roman equipment and shields. Spending 13 years in Italy without reinforcements from North Africa or Spain, some salvaging is bound to happen. Now that I thought of it, perhaps at some point I will combine some leftover legionaries and citizen infantry just for the fun of it.

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