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Sacred Band Fighter of Carthage

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The Sacred Band of Carthage was an elite infantry unit recruited from the upper echelons of Carthaginian society. They did most of their fighting during the fourth century BC, but they would disappear from mention in the historical record after 310 BC (long before Hannibal appeared on the scene, unfortunately). They were unusual among soldiers in the Carthaginian army in that they were all native citizens of Carthage, as opposed to the foreign mercenaries whose ranks formed the army's greater bulk.

My design for this Sacred Band fighter is predominantly speculative of course, but I wanted to get away from the Greek-influenced outfits Carthaginian warriors are usually portrayed as wearing. The white areas on his face and chest are meant to represent body paint made from white ash, such as that used by the Dinka of South Sudan and some societies in Ethiopia's Omo Valley.