Landsknechts with Zweihanders

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Category: Brand: Warlord Games
MPN: 202016002

Description

Europe in the late 15th and early 16th centuries was a place of
almost constant warfare. With no organised national armies battlefields
were the domain of the mercenary companies of the day – chief amongst
these were the colourfully dressed Landsknechts.

Landsknechts were instigated by the Holy Roman Emperor, Maximillian
I, as a reaction to the Swiss mercenary pikemen that had dominated
battlefields for decades before the Italian Wars (1494-1559).

They would be found in most armies in Western Europe of the time,
even appearing in the British Isles in the service of Henry VIII.
Clashes between rival Landsknecht regiments were particularly bloody,
becoming known as ‘Bad War’.

The toughest of a rough bunch were the veteran Doppelsöldner –
soldiers on double pay. Their extra payment was for volunteering to
fight in the front ranks and the inherent risk that entailed. The trick
was surviving to claim the extra pay!

Doppelsöldner would most often be armed with the ranged arquebus or
crossbow and arrayed in front of the main blocks of pikemen.
Alternatively they may be armed with the vicious six foot long
two-handed swords, the Zweihänders, or equally long halberds.
Zweihänder-armed Landsknechts would generally be found in the front
ranks of the pike blocks or occasionally detached to form their own unit
for special roles as well as providing protection for the unit’s colour
party. The famous German mercenaries, the Black Band, included 2,000
two-handed swordsmen.

The figures in this boxed set can be used to represent the
Landsknechts raised in Germany or other nations of the period and can be
armed with either halberds or Zweihänder swords.

This box set contains:

  • Plastic and metal components to make 24 Landsknechts with two-handed swords and halberds.
  • Plastic bases.

Models supplied unassembled and unpainted