These heavy Liby-Phoenician Infantry are drawn from the self-reliant Carthaginian citizenry, and make superior phalanx soldiers.
Liby-Phoenicians are described as a mixed race, half Punic and half African. A mixture of colonial and native blood, they first lived in Carthaginian colonies in Africa such as Utica or Hadrumentum, but around the fifth century BC, the Liby-Phoenicians started to be found in other Carthaginians settlements around the Mediterranean. Due to the sheer number of the Liby-Phoenician population, Carthage decided to use them to increase the population in colonies like those found in Iberia and Sicily.
The Liby-Phoenician population shared many features and traits with the Carthaginians, like language and religion, but they never had the same rights. They had to pay tributes and unlike the Carthaginian citizens, Liby-Phoenicians had to serve in the armies of Carthage.
They were armed and armored much the same as their Greek enemies on Sicily. They were armored in a linen cuirass, Thracian helmets, and bronze greaves. They have the traditional large round shields and long overhand spears of the classical hoplites of Greek mainland. They are a quality phalanx, able to stand up to both Romans and their Greek counterparts. They lack the heavy armor necessary to provide a huge amount of staying power on the battlefield against heavier infantry, however. This problem led to the adoption of mail armor later.
Historically, the Liby-Phoenicians were present at every major battle of the Carthaginian wars. They gave good accounts of themselves against Romans, Libyans, Italians, Greeks, and Iberians. They were and are great phalanx spearmen, well able to stand up to most other regular infantry. They were later armored with captured or copied Roman style armor.