Army Muster is a brand new set of bundles tailored to those all-important core units in our mass-battle historical wargames. An easy way to expand existing and new collections alike, each Army Muster bundle contains three copies of one of our plastic boxed sets, plus a complementary product that will support your new soldiers nicely on the tabletop.
Landsknecht Pikemen: The late 15th and early 16th centuries in Europe were defined by near-constant warfare. National ‘standing armies’ were unheard of and the ambitions of empires were reliant on the mercenaries they could afford to hire.
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 most striking aspect of a Landsknecht force was their outlandish dress. Maximillian was keen to give the men freedom to wear what they wanted, and this resulted in plumes, slashed sleeves and bright colours.
This Army Muster Bundle Contains enough miniatures to make 90 Landsknechts armed with pikes. Additionally, this bundle contains character models, Götz Von Berlichingen & Georg Von Frundsberg, for free. Gottfried "Götz" von Berlichingen was also known as Götz of the Iron Hand - he was a German Imperial Knight and a mercenary. Georg von Frundsberg was also known as the 'father of the Landsknechts'.