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Set 8020

Hannibal's Carthaginians - African Infantry

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released 1999
Contents 48 figures
Poses 8 poses
Material Plastic (Medium Consistency)
Colours Tan and Gold
Average Height 22 mm (= 1.58 m)

Review

Carthage did not maintain a large standing army, and when the need arose it called up citizens for short-term military duty and hired a large number of mercenaries. In most Carthaginian armies the troops from Africa, as depicted in this set, were the most numerous of all the contingents.

The standard HaT eight poses are split, with four of the poses being of the armoured North African infantry of Carthage, Libya etc., a further two poses of lighter unarmoured infantry, and two Numidian poses. All the poses are reasonable if unremarkable, though the Numidian holding his spear almost at its base seems quite unlikely.

Our knowledge of the dress and equipment of these men is incomplete, as with so much else in ancient history, but all these figures conform to what we know of their appearance. The various styles of helmet and armour on the heavy infantry are all authentic, and the unarmoured figures with their oval shields are more representative of infantry during the later Punic Wars. The Numidians are very simply dressed in the same style as their more famous cavalry compatriots.

The detail on these figures is up to the usual good HaT standard, though there was some flash to be removed. The anatomy is fine and though there are few poses of each type, wargamers will probably find these to be sufficient. As far as mistakes go, our only observation is regarding the running Numidian, who has twisted his left arm through 180 degrees to carry his shield with its face towards his spear. Why this uncomfortable position might seem necessary is unclear, except to make the job of the sculptor that much easier.

As part of the range of HaT sets which cover the armies of Carthage this is the most important. Between them they represent all the major elements of the African infantry, and any wargame Carthaginian army will require large numbers of them.


Ratings

Historical Accuracy 10
Pose Quality 6
Pose Number 5
Sculpting 8
Mould 8

Further Reading
Books
"Armies of the Carthaginian Wars 265-146 BC" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.121) - Terence Wise - 9780850454307
"Armies of the Macedonian and Punic Wars" - Wargames Research Group - Duncan Head - 9780950029948
"Cannae 216 BC" - Osprey (Campaign Series No.36) - Mark Healy - 9781855324701
"Cartago Contra Roma" - Almena (Guerreros Y Batallas Series No.32) - Rubén Sáez
"Carthaginian Warrior 264-146 BC" - Osprey (Warrior Series No.150) - Steve Noon - 9781846039584
"Greece and Rome at War" - Greenhill - Peter Connolly - 9781853673030
"The Carthaginians 6th-2nd Century BC" - Osprey (Elite Series No.201) - Andrea Salimbeti - 9781782007760

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