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FRIEND OR FOE

Here is a look at my second 28mm Impetus army based on the Punic wars. The Numidians fought for both the Carthaginians and the Romans over the course of these wars hence the title Friend or Foe. Although the army contains enough units to hit the table, at this stage it is technically not correct/finished for the intended period. List wise it should exchange the elephants for a fourth element of light cavalry as the elephants were only available for the army of King Juba I who ruled well after the last Punic war finished.

Light Infantry

Making up the bulk of the Numidian infantry these four elements of light foot are fast moving but lightly armed and have little in the way of protection. Although not as strong in melee as the heavy classes of troops they are armed with javelins so are capable of short range missile attacks. If creating Syphax, Masinissa or Micipsa armies one list option for these troops is to upgrade one of the light infantry elements to a unit of Roman trained heavy foot. A Mix of Foundry, Crusader and A&A miniatures were used for these elements.

Light Cavalry

Unlike the mix of infantry models above these cavalry figures are all from a single miniatures company. Although I like both the Foundry and Crusader cavalry models in this range there is a couple of reasons I only purchased Crusader figures for these elements.

Firstly: The horses from each range differ in size. Foundry horses tend to have shorter bodies with their legs tucked in close to the body. Crusader miniatures are taller and longer with their legs out stretched. I found this overall size difference a bit too much when the figures are placed next to each other.

Secondly: Having decided that I didn’t want to use a mix of figures here I went with Crusader models because only their range contained a command pack ideal for the general’s medium cavalry unit.

This of course is all just a matter of personal taste so I have included for your reference below a side by side photo of both ranges.

General/Medium cavalry element

To right is the only element of medium cavalry in this army and as such contains the army’s commander. All figures in this unit, like the light horse elements pictured above are from the Crusader miniatures range.

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These two elephants are from the Foundry range and although there is no real evidence of the small North African elephants (in use at the time) having Howdahs, size wise they are closer than most other elephants I’ve seen.

Elephants

Figures in the Howdah are removable so if need be the elephants can be drafted into the Carthaginian army by simply replacing the Numidians with Libyan spear-men.

Skirmishers

Completing this army are two elements of javelin armed skirmishers. Originally painted for my Carthaginian army they have now been replaced in that force by an equivalent number of Spanish skirmishers. All six figures shown here are from the Foundry range.

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