During the Italian Wars Swiss were one of the bet mercenary pikemen on the world. Their services weren't cheap but in most cases they were very efficient. It was mainly due to training. Their formation were able to make manouvers quicker and easier than most of their enemies.
First stand of the new pikemen formation for the French army of the Italian Wars. Pikemen are armoured so they will be in the front ranks.
Figures by Khurasan Miniatures.