Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Swiss Pike (Lucerne)

The heavies of the late medieval period...armoured up to the teeth, drilled to perfection, these boys were for hire and used to steam roller the opposition in a fast moving block that just smashed into the enemy.....no prisoners!!!
This lot I´ve given the colours of the canton of Lucerne..I just like the white / blue combination :-D (although the Blue for Lucerne is a bit more purple than the burgundian blue. )
Created by Frank Ziegler and avaialble here
 Progress on the Pirate cutter soon.

19 comments:

  1. Very nice, Paul. I wouldn't have been around long enough to have become a "no prisoner!"

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  2. They really look great...even if they seem to be a liitle bit cruel! Great job!

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  3. Excellent stuff Paul. I like how this set adds to the range of the Swiss pikes in this scale.

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  4. Lovely unit Paul; I guess they acted like shock troops, but surely wearing that armour would limit their range on the battlefield?

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    1. Thanks :-D
      Apparently not...they were pretty well trained and the armour light in comparison to say a fully armoured knight. The were said to attack in a rush..the violence of the attack just crushing foot and mounted. They, when not fighting as mercenaries relied on being able to outmanouvre an enemy like at the battle of Morat;
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Murten
      Cheers
      paul

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    2. Thanks Paul, great link too; they just keep on going!

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  5. I used to hate playing against the Late Swiss when we played WRG 6th Ed.
    Usual game -
    Swiss rumble forward
    Swiss run over everything in their path
    End of game!

    These guys look like they will keep the tradition going!

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  6. Lovely work, I always want to get in to this period but never seem to be able to.

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    1. Thanks :-D
      Just do it..lots of flags, drums, colourfull pike blocks and weird and wonderfull cannon :-D
      Cheers
      paul

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  7. I have loved Swiss armies for decades! and from my research I think I can safely say:
    Swiss pikes were usually the poorer members of Swiss society, and Swiss seem to have been about half unarmoured, these being at the rear of the Kiel.
    These sort of armoured pikes would form the front of the block making them very tough opponents.
    The speed of Swiss is legendry, but maybe they moved aggressively at normal speeds while their opponents dawdled?!

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    1. Correct! :-D I´ve got a few less armoured halbardiers on the WB, well about half are less armoured than the above. It does appear that they relied on a quick assault(wether they actually ran a long distance at say a jogging speed) and the impetus of the massed pikes just smashing an opponent in one quick go. I´ve treid to find at waht sort of speed they would move but so far ..nowt.

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  8. Good looking stuff - what scale are these?

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  9. a rush of steel is my way of describing these mens warfare style. or maybe a phalanx in fast motion.

    anyway good job. once I return to my love of medievals I'll look into this set

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  10. I really like the 'at ease' poses of these guys. There is a certain free-wheeling confidence about them. Great stuff.
    Curt

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  11. Some great poses and very well painted that man!!!

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  12. No prisoners!!
    Nice painting Paul. The colour combi looks great!
    T.

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  13. Great painting Paul. Lovely figures too.

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  14. Another superb looking unit for your ever expanding collection.

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