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Spotlight: Italian Wars Swiss Mercenaries

Following our look at the flamboyant Landsknechts last week, today we’re uncovering the secrets of the soberer Swiss mercenaries that were the German’s arch-rivals. The Swiss Reisläufer (one who goes to war), were renowned for their service in foreign armies during the late fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, particularly for their mastery of early pike tactics and exceptional discipline….

Italian Wars, Painting & Modelling, Pike & Shotte

Spotlight: Painting your Landsknechts

Throwing all caution to the wind, the flamboyant Landsknechts charge headlong into battle. This week, we’re looking at how to paint their colourful costumes. Dashing Mercenaries Literally translated as Servant of the Land, Landsknechts were units of mercenaries raised by the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I as a counter to the formidable Swiss pike formations that dominated…

Italian Wars, Latest Products, Pike & Shotte

New: Kaiser Maximillian I (Young & Old) + Götz von Berlichingen & Georg von Frundsberg

Kaiser Maximillian I, also known as Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, is ready to lead his armies across Europe with Götz von Berlichingen and Georg von Frundsberg by his side. Kaiser Maximillian I (Young & Old) View in Store Waging war against France and within Italy, Maximillian hired sleuths of Landsknechts. Maximillian was keen to…

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