Dated: February 19, 2006
This is a series of 1/72 scale transfers for #8020 Carthaginian Infantry, #8056 Carthaginian Command and #8024 Numidian Horse made by Little Big Men Studios in the UK.
These are rub off transfers that require no water. Simply cut them out, peel off the backing, press into position and press down firmly. Peel off the protective top layer and the transfer is in place. The transfers are on white backing paper so no priming is necessary. The transfers are fully shaded to look like they have been hand painted. They are specifically made for for the HaT figures so they are perfectly scaled to size.
Design notes. "The Golden shield design is taken from the Chemtou reliefs, it represents the Agis of Athene which was derived from Libyan garments of fringed Goatskin, represented by overlapping scales. Sun discs and crescents werre also popular Carthaginian symbols."
Carthaginian Spearmen and Libyan javelinmen.
Design notes: "Libyan javelinmen would be of a poorer class than the better trained heavy spearmen. They would probably carry plain leather shields like the Numidians with the occasional bit of decoration here and there. The Libyans were influnced by many of the Carthaginian Gods and customs and so would have used the Tannit symbol as she was a Carthaginian Goddess. Other emblems such as Horses and Palm trees were also popular Carthaginian images and would have been in use and mixed with more traditional Hoplite designs for the Heavy spearmen.
Numidian foot and cavalry transfers:
Design notes: "Numidians are often portrayed as having quite plain leather shelds. However they wore their hair in ornate ringlets, and if you look at most African cultures even today they have a great artistic tradition so shields may have contained some decoration. I think a mixture reflects this uncertainty and gives a good irreular feel to the unit. The larger shields at the bottom of the sheets are to fit the Numdian cavalry. They would have used leather shields and as to whether they had decoration on their shields is open to speculation."
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