ROMREP002 Velite (Punic Wars)
ROMREP002 comprises a Roman Velite preparing to take on our Carthaginian elephant! The Velites were a class of light Roman infantry who were armed with spears and short thrusting swords. They rarely wore armour as they were the youngest and poorest soldiers in the Legion, however they did carry small shields and wore headdress made from wolf skins. Velites were placed at the front of a Legion as skirmishers and usually took on enemy chariots and elephants because of this positioning during a battle. A Legion normally had around 1000 Velites on its strength, Velites were disbanded as a military unit within the Legion under the Marius reforms of 107 BC.