Iberians appear to be somewhat odd bird. At outset army looks somewhat boring. Nothing fancy and uncontrollable like impetuous Gauls or Celtiberian warbands. In fact, Iberians have appearance of something that cannot, under no circumstances stand against Roman legions (not that they did in reality). Just a bunch of javelin armed warriors and few of the same mounted. However, as usual, their effectiveness as fighting force relies in available force multipliers. The warriors are javelin armed light foot, and they are supplemented by couple of rather good skirmishers that are able to engage in shock combat. They also possess javelin armed cavalry that can be rapidly deployed to most annoying positions behind Roman lines.
So, in theory, when the territory is in favor – which ought to be the case since the Iberian wars took place in their home turf, ranged light foot units (and expendable skirmishers) should provide an interesting game. It only depends if one can choose the time and place.
We did of course, test the Iberian Basic Impetus army with proxies against Rome and found out that they are remarkably strong – even when plagued by bad luck. Essentially, you just need to be where Romans aren’t facing, or cannot easily go. Every bit of difficult terrain and time counts as huge advantage for the Iberians. Roman lack of decent cavalry, underlined their critical weakness once again.
Thus far Iberian / Celtiberian contingent includes four units of Light Cavalry (CL), four Scutarii (FL), two Gauls pretending to be Celtiberians, two Caetratii (S) and one unit of Balearic Slingers (S).
Forgot to add Iberian medium cavalry (CM) in the previous order so I need to substitute it for a while by some other unit. One Scutarii and two Caetratii are waiting to be painted.