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Carthaginian

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Using the army in ADLG

  • very tricky army to use, with apparently no super unit upon which to rely. On the other hand, a lot of units can be useful, and you need to learn how to use them wisely to achieve control over the battlefield.
  • You have a lot of leadership points, and up to 6 light horses, not bad if you want to get the initiative. Should you get it, you could go straight at the opponent's throat with your light troups, to stop his strategic mouvement, while you do yours.
  • Should you defend, you can delay your opponent with your mounted force.
  • Your cavalry is not first rate, but up to 6 elite horse can be interesting. Remember, they can evade, and then charge should the right opportunity arise.
  • The medium foot, at least the mercenaries, are interesting. You can go for the impetuous (deadly but not easy to manage), or the impact version, especially if you choose Hannibal in Italy. They are both fast and efficient.
  • What to do about mediocre elephants? Well you can send them to the scrape yard if you want, but remember, they can be really useful against cavalry, even if mediocre. Come on, a +2 for the first round of melee against mounted, and support to the infantry?
  • Your light foot is very interesting, up to 10 elite skirmishers if you choose to do so! Unbeatable in the terrain!
  • So remember. You have to manoeuvre as much as possible to get a superiority somewhere.


ALLIES

  • Syracusan before 235BC: More heavy spearmen, some cavalry and skirmishers... Not that interesting
  • Sicilian Greek before 235BC: once again, more spearmen, but you can have them as mediocre. Might be tempting against a mounted army...
  • Iberian from 235 to 201BC: well, you can have a lot of heavy or medium impetuous foot, with a bit of cavalry and light horse... Is it worth it? Well, think about it, if you choose this ally, and take other impetuous units from your core army, and a bit of cavalry, light horse and skirmishers, you will get... an Ancient Spanish army, but with much more command points!
  • Campanians, Lucanian... when in Italy: a bit of horse, heavy spearmen and impact foot if you choose Campanians, too predictable IMHO. Mediumm footmen? You already have some, up to 8 impact! Why bother.
  • Numidian allies: more LH, skirmishers, javelinmen, et one more mediocre elephant... Doesn't sound groovy, but if you look carefully at your core army, you could morph your army into a Numidian one, with loads of LH, cavalry, light foot, a bit of heavy foot just in case, and 4 elephants plus loads of commands points! Might be tempting

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Sample army lists for this army
200 Points
Strategist/Competent/Competent

  • 2 Heavy Cavalry Heavy cavalry Elite
  • 1 Medium Cavalry Medium cavalry Elite
  • 1 Elephant Elephant Mediocre
  • 2 Numidians Light cavalry javelin Elite
  • 2 Numidians Light cavalry javelin ----

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  • 4 African Spearmen Heavy spearmen ------
  • 2 Celtiberians Heavy swordsmen impetuous ------
  • 3 Javelinmen Light Infantry Javelin ------

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  • 2 Spanish Scutarii Medium Swordsmen Impact ----
  • 3 Gauls Medium Swordsmen Impetuous ------
  • 2 Slingers Light Infantry Sling Elite
  • 1 Elephant Elephant Mediocre



200 points
Brilliant/Ordinary/Competent

  • 2 Punic Cavalry Heavy cavalry Elite
  • 4 Spanish Cavalry Medium cavalry Elite
  • 2 Numidian Light Cavalry Light cavalry javelin ------

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  • 6 African Spearmen Heavy spearmen
  • 2 Numidian Javelins Light infantry javelin

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  • 2 Spanish Scutari Medium swordsmen impact
  • 5 Gallic Warriors Medium swordsmen impetuous
  • 2 Numidian Javelins Light infantry javelin



200 Points: Hannibal in Italy, based on my list used at Aniche

  • Corps 1: Brilliant general
  • 1 Mediocre elephant
  • 2 Spanish medium swordsmen impact
  • 4 Gallic medium swordsmen impact
  • 3 skirmishers javelin
  • 1 javelinmen

  • Corps 2: Brilliant general
  • 6 Light horse with javelin
  • 1 Heavy cavalry

  • Corps 3: Ordinary general
  • 2 Elite heavy spearmen armoured (the veterans)
  • 2 Heavy armoured impact swordsmen (Campanians)
  • 4 Elite Balearic slingers



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