Landsknechts Pikemen

23,20 €
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Description

The late 15th and early 16th centuries were characterized by almost constant warfare in Europe. National "standing armies" were unknown, and empires' ambitions depended on the mercenaries they could afford to hire.

This box contains:

  • Plastic parts to build either 30 pikemen or 25 pikemen and 5 arquebusiers
  • Command frame with options for officers, standard bearers, drummers, etc.
  • Plastic base.
  • Background instructions with 5 colored flags.

Landsknechts were instigated by Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I in response to the mercenary Swiss pikemen who had dominated the battlefields for decades prior to the Italian Wars (1494-1559).

However, as the Italian wars progressed, Landsknecht tactics adapted far more than the Swiss, and the use of firearms in conjunction with the pike would give them an advantage, at least tactically.

Maximillian wanted to leave men free to wear whatever they wanted, and that resulted in feathers, slit sleeves, and bright colors. The figures in this box set can be used to represent the Landsknechts raised in Germany or Tyrol, as well as early Swiss pike regiments.


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