The Armored Scutari are the best of the Iberian line troops, able to stand up to their legionary counterparts.
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During the Second Punic War, Hannibal found that the Italian troops under his command were less than able to be trusted. The armour of these skilled men among the Iberian tribes are better than their mostly lower class counterparts, as they can afford scale armor and bronze greaves (or be sponsored by a noble). They also carry the famous Gladius Hispanicus, making them excellent anti-infantry soldiers when combined with their ovular shields. They are also useful against heavily armored soldiers due to their soliferum, an iron javelin that was known for its ability to pierce armor. The Armored Scutarii are the best of the Iberian line troops, able to stand up to their legionary counterparts. They are best used where the fighting will be the hardest, leaving less armored companions to fight where there will be lighter resistance.
Historically, the Loricatii Scutarii were some of the most vicious of the Iberian soldiery. They were used exclusively by Iberian chieftains and were the best of the regular line infantry. They fought mainly in battles where lines were used, rather than the usual guerilla battles across Iberia, and were last used by the Pompey brothers in the battles against Caesar. They were actually able to break Caesar’s army, only to be routed in turn when Caesar himself charged their line while cursing his own men as cowards. At this point, Caesar’s army turned and utterly routed the Iberians and Roman deserters.