Hannibal’s famed Iberian infantry were of two main types: the light infantry, often known as caetrati, and the heavy infantry, known as scutarii. The caetrati were known to have dressed in distinctive V necked tunics with crimson edging, worn ‘sinew’ (leather?) helmets, and carried curved falcata swords and round buckler-like caetra shields. The falcata swords looked like giant kukhris, such as those carried by the Gurkhas, and are meant to be absolutely lethal, working like a combination between a sword and an axe.
The scutarii wore some armour – chestplates or even mail shirts, and carried big shields very similar to Roman scuta (hence their name), and short straight swords, which were made of very strong iron. They reputedly wore black cloaks too.
Getting into the Hannibal frame of mind, I’ve been buying some Carthaginian gear. First to arrive was an amazing caetra, manufactured by the Spanish armoury, Armillum. It looks amazing,I think! Next to arrive will be the hand forged falcata sword, made by Armour Class in Glasgow. I got the template for it from a leading Spanish archaeologist, so it will be the real deal. Given that I ordered this weapon 7 months ago, it’s eagerly awaited!
Note: the lens cap is in place to give a sense of perspective!