An auxiliary infantryman of the first century AD. His armour and equipment are decidedly inferior to that of the legionary. He wears a light mail shirt and a Gallic helmet. Instead of the sophisticated pilum, the throwing spear of the legionary, he carries the hasta, a more basic stabbing spear.
His light shield is flat and oval, offering no corners to snag. It hence is a shield better suited to for fighting invidually, in loose formation or in difficult terrain.
This is equipment suited to a light mobile fighter, rather than to the disciplined heavy infantry on the battle field.
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