Did Celtic tribes use war paint to look tougher in the battle?
Archaeological and literary evidence suggests that a small number of Celtic tribes used paint in order to make themselves look tougher in battle, but it was not as widespread as many people believe today. Julius Caesar described how the Britons of England used to dye their skin blue, but this seems to have been a fashion choice rather than a battle tactic. Pots of orange dye have also been found in Celtiberian regions, but again it is uncertain whether this was used in battle or as a fashion statement. In all, it is likely that some Celtic warriors painted themselves in battle, but it was not as widely popular as is commonly believed.