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AUC19 Numidian Cavalry (15mm)


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This pack contains four Numidian cavalry. 

Numidian horsemen rode without saddles or bridles, controlling their mounts with a simple rope around their horse's neck.

They had no form of bodily protection except for a round leather shield and their main weapons were javelins in addition to a short sword. Due to their expert horsemanship and agility, as well as their lack of armour or heavy weaponry, they were most suitable for harassing tactics, charging in loose formation and lobbing their javelins before wheeling off to escape the enemy's counterattack. This harassing tactic, while rarely decisive, could be extremely frustrating to a less mobile enemy, as experienced by Julius Caesar's soldiers during the latter's invasion of Africa.

At the same time, they were generally unable to stand their ground against heavier types of cavalry. In one incident during the aforementioned African invasion, thirty of Caesar's Gallic horsemen drove off a much larger force of Moorish cavalry, while in another a squadron of Caesar's Iberian horsemen routed a large body of Labienus's Numidians, while his Gallic and Germanic horsemen stood their ground.