When you think of Carthage, who doesn't think of Elephants? I sure do! These are Minifigs, as is the bulk of my Carthaginian army.
In reality they were a fairly minor aspect of the Carthaginian military, but I still built a large Elephant Corps for them, as seen above. Certainly Hannibal's greatest use of them, at the Battle of Zama, was also his biggest defeat.
We now believe that the elephants used by Carthage were largely or exclusively the smaller, now extinct African Forrest Elephant, and that howdahs were not used. At the same time, countless images over the centuries have depicted them this way, so who am I to argue?
Portly posteriors of the ponderous pachyderms!
On the other hand, these rather plain looking troops are the famous Numidian (light) cavalry.
They were central to many of Hannibal's victories, and when the bulk of them switched sides, again at the Battle of Zama, the results were anything but good for Carthage
I made a crude "Leopardskin" cape for the Leader from paper. I got the idea from one of Charlie Sweet's Numidian units! I actually need more of these guys; surprisingly, many 25/28mm manufacturers don't seem to make them, plain as they are!
"Spanish" (Celtiberian) Light Cavalry.
Once again wearing white tunics with purple borders, and red-brown leather boots.
The finely cast, slender javelins have taken some wear over the past 30 years. I actually have 2 more figures of these troops who were AWOL during the photo session!
Cisalpine Gallic cavalry.
Their yellow tunics were evidently typical.
... as were the striped and checked cloaks. I had more patience painting these patterns back when, it seems!
"Spanish" (Celtiberian) Medium Cavalry. The dress of these fellows is rather similar to that of the Scutarius with their long black cloaks.
Once again the purple and white tunics and leather boots.
These Minifigs are cast with short lances more than spears; it's debatable if they were actually used in that fashion, though.
Liby-Phoenician Heavy Cavalry.
These nice figures are by Ral Partha.
Yes, there actually is fairly heavy shading on their red cloaks.
Carthaginian Noble Heavy Cavalry.
Probably few in number, along with the Numidians, these were the creme de la creme of the Carthaginian cavalry arm!
"And their squadrons were gleaming in Purple and Gold..."
Finally, a Potpourri of Minifigs Balistae, Hannibal himself, and some Eureka Gallic leader figures.
I definitely need more leaders and heroes for To the Strongest!
The Eureka figures are full of action, aren't they?
Here's the entire army on the table, deployed for battle.
Attempting more of a Cannae, it seems, despite having the Elephants out in front a la Zama!
A view from the rear.
Carthago renatus est! (Carthage is restored).
Of course, using the language of the victors might be a clue as to who really won the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Punic Wars!