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German Landsknecht with Pike

Regular Price: $59.95
On Sale For: $39.99


First Legion

The 14th-17th Centuries saw art, science, exploration, and literature make a great resurgence. Following the Dark Ages after the fall of Rome, came a Renaissance for humanity. The great continental powers of Europe bloodily vied for control of the continent as their militaries warred with each other. Gunpowder and cannon became more reliable, and less apt to explode unexpectedly. Alongside heavy cavalry and foot soldiers, the pike and musket were the most common armaments in Renaissance armies. It is often referred to as the "Age of Pike and Shot".

First Legion will cover more of the history in the Renaissance, adding high quality hand painted military miniatures to the range. The REN figure range begins with the Battle of Pavia in 1525. It was the decisive conflict of the Italian Wars between France and the Spanish Empire, and it solidified Habsburg rulership of the Italian States for the next 200 years. REN001-REN030 depict the German mercenaries, called Landsknechts, that fought for both sides. Pike square formations were also famously used by Swiss soldiers, and these figures could stand in for them as well. Landsknechts and Swiss pikemen clashed throughout the Italian Wars.

This mercenary figure braces his pike at “port” to keep friendly troops safe as he stands in a rear rank for the formation.  He wears the flamboyant clothes typically associated with German Landsknechts.

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