DBA 3.0 army list for the Carpi is identical to the Dacian one. Extra falxmen and Sarmatian are listed as an option and if playing with one or two commands, I would suggest using the allied contingent option to increase the number of Sarmatian knights.
II/52. Carpodacan Army:
1 x General on foot
(3Wb) or on horseback (Cv),
1 x cavalry (LH),
6 x javelinmen (3Wb),
1 x falxmen (3Bd),
2 x skirmishers (Ps),
1 x falxmen (3Bd) or
Sarmatians (3Kn) or skirmishers (Ps)
Gathering information about the Carpi did gather some useful bits of information
which may prove useful in a campaign setting. One source mentions that during
the invasions during the Marcomanni Wars of 160 – 180 AD, the Castoboci,
neighbors of the Carpi were an active participant. It seems a stretch, but may prove useful in
a campaign against the Marcomanni to have several elements of Carpi as allies.
After the Antonine Plague we read of the migration of major tribes to
fill the void and next to the Goths, the Carpi emerged as a major power north of
the Danube by the third century. Most of these accounts record invasions by the
Carpi singly or in alliance with the Sarmatae or Germanic tribes with Moesia Inferior as their primary goal. This did create a situation of uncertainty in Roman held
Dacia as to the loyalty of the inhabitants.
Carpi attacks on the
Danubian frontier (238-50) from Wiki.
238: The Carpi launched
their first recorded major incursion into Roman territory south of the Danube,
during the brief joint rule of the adolescent Gordian III. These were dealt with by the governor
of Moesia Inferior, Tullius Menophilus in
245-247: This second recorded incursion, the emperor Philip
the Arab (244-249), took personal command and launched a major counter-attack.
This brought the Romans to the homeland of the Carpi where after a long siege
and failed relief of a major stronghold, the Carpi sued for peace.
Sarmato-Gothic invasions of the Roman empire
250-251: Under the leadership of the Gothic king Kniva,
a massive force of Goths Taifali and Vandals invaded Moesia Inferior. This
included a small contingent of 3,000 Carpi according to Jordanes. To confront
the invasion, the Roman emperor "Trajan" Decius with a mobile force of crack
units dealt Kniva a number of setbacks.
Surprising the emperor, Kniva
moved on an undefended Thrace forcing the Romans to counter the move through
forced marches. Kniva inflicted a major defeat on Decius’s exhausted troops
forcing him to withdraw from Thrace. Laden with plunder, the barbarians were
caught at Abrittus were Decius with a reconstituted army defeated Kniva.
Unfortunately, pursuing forces including the emperor became bogged down in
difficult terrain and were massacred. The newly proclaimed emperor, Gallus
concluded a peace with the Goths.
252-253: A renewed invasion of
Moesia brought the Carpi in an alliance with Goths and Sarmatian tribes. Due to
losses from the previous campaign and a pandemic, Roman resistance was light
allowing the barbarians to cross into Asia Minor. The army of Pannonia led by
Aemilianus scored a victory and followed the barbarians to recovery lost booty
and Roman civilians.
Hailed by his troops as emperor, Aemilianus marched
on Rome. Rather than fight a Danubian army, Gallus was murdered by his own
troops. Three months later Aemilianus met the same fate by the same troops.
Valerian, now proclaimed emperor brought together with his son,
Gallienus the needed stability to a chaotic period.
Carpi, with the same allies as in 253, burst into Moesia, ravaged Thrace taking
advantage of Valerian’s presence in the East and Gallienus attempting to stem
the Germanic invasions. All Greece was now threatened. The barbarians were
eventually routed by Gallienus' lieutenant Aureolus.
new invasion, including the Carpi, split their forces into two armies. One
invaded Greece and the other marched on Italy. Athens was sacked but Rome’s
walls were too strong giving the Goths no other alternative than to ravage the
whole of Italy. The latter were finally driven out by Macrianus’s Rhine army.
265-266: Further incursions took place in the form of a seaborne invasion
of the Aegean in 267-268. In both invasions, the Carpi are no longer mentioned
by name, however, the province of Dacia was abandoned by the Romans around AD
The Carpi are three commands strong and offer a different enemy for Rome. They are "fast" moving and supported by falxmen (blade) can hold there own against Rome. With an allied contingent of Sarmatian knights my bet would be with the barbarians.
Carpi in battle array.