The Elite Liby-Phoenician Infantry are very versatile and can be also found deployed as seaborne land soldiers in the Carthaginian navy. Their heavy armor and weapons allow them to battle the hardiest opponents.
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. Around the fifth century BC, the Liby-Phoenicians started to be found in other Carthaginians settlements around the Mediterranean, like Iberia and Sicily, as they were used to increase the population in those colonies.
The Liby-Phoenician population shared many features and traits with the Carthaginian citizens, but they didn’t have the same rights. Unlike Carthaginian citizens, Liby-Phoenicians were a very common sight in the armies of Carthage.
Though they are armed with the traditional hoplite shield and spear like other Carthaginian troops, these elite warriors are armored with a metal cuirass, and a Libyan axe as their secondary weapon for close combat. They are very versatile and can be also found deployed as seaborne land soldiers in the Carthaginian navy. Their heavy armor and weapons allow them to battle the hardiest opponents. They should be deployed where the fighting will be at its absolute thickest, as they are able to charge in for a kill once the enemy has exhausted himself upon the unforgiving points of their spears and axes.
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.