Who are the landsknechts? The landsknechts (servants of the country) are Germanic mercenaries, their organization is strongly inspired by the frightening pikemen from Switzerland. Their principal weapon is a pike with a length of 4 metres, allowing to stop a charge of heavy cavalry. They appeared around 1470, the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilien I of Habsbourg was the first to raising a force of these fearsome soldiers.
The landsknechts often adopted defensive positions and jointly used the spear and the arquebuse. Pikemen and halberdiers formed a solid square, with the 2 hands swordsmen at front and rear of the square. The last row were held by the most hardened troops, they were positioned thus to add impetuosity to the attack and to discourage the desertions.
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When the command was given to form the hedgehog, the arquebusiers withdrawn at the 3rd rank while the pikemen settled to the front. Spaces were spared in order to allow the shooting of the arquebusiers.
The landsknecht style! These soldiers are characterised by their dress , colors and their beret decorated with feathers. The origin of slashing clothes probably lies in the comprehensive maladjustment of the clothing of the XVI century for the battle.
The second aspect of the project concern my love for Dwarfs from Marauder Miniatures. Classic dwarfs have generally a Viking style but Marauder miniature innovated with his splendid range of landsknecht Dwarfs at the beginning of 90's, this is a nice base to compose my new army. New painting technics, colors, banners, greenstuff ... Pics coming soon !!