wtorek, 29 listopada 2016
Swiss battlegroup ready. For the beginning typical Swiss formation of narrow, but long column. This type o formation when it had flanks coverd by halberdiers and arquebusiers, allowed them to act agressively and gain superiority due to depth of pikemen block.
Formation in wider variant ypical when fighting was between pikemen.
Najszersza formacja z halabardnikami na flankach/ Widest formation with halberdiers on both flanks
niedziela, 27 listopada 2016
One of the main qualities of the Swiss ofrces were their commanders. During the Italian Wars mercenary captains were professionals that were occupied only in waging war. Often this profession was passed from father to son. It was giving huge profits and specialist mercenary commanders had a high social status in the Swiss society.
Figurki Khurassan Miniatures 15mm/ 15mm Figures by Khurassan Miniatures
piątek, 25 listopada 2016
Work on Swiss battlegroup nearly finished. Only one stand of pikemen remained.
niedziela, 20 listopada 2016
Basel is one of the most important citis of the Swiss confederacy. During the Italian Wars it was supplying fighting armies with mercenaries. Because Swiss formations were composed of men from various cantons, after Berne and Uri, third group will be composed of pikemen from Basel.
wtorek, 8 listopada 2016
Next stand of the Swiss pikemen from the front ranks.
Swiss pikemen formations were dominating the Italian Wars battlefields sice the battle of Fornovo in 1495. In this battle they seved the French army from defeat by the Italian states' coalition. Italian cavalry was defeated by the Swiss pikemen. Pikemen were known for their ruthlessness. Italians counted that the noble cavalrymen even when defeated in majority will be captured by the enemy. However those that were unhorsed by the Swiss were butchered by them. Mercenaries were not interested in ransom for the prosoners but in booty.
wtorek, 1 listopada 2016
Swiss pikemen formations were composed of men from several cantons. That's why in my battlegroup next to banner of Berne there will be standard of Uri.
Ten położony w środkowej Szwajcarii region był źródłem jednych z najtwardszych najemników. Odegrali oni sporą rolę w najważniejszych bitwach Wojen Włoskich, nie zawsze chlubną.
This mountaneous canton in central Switzerland was a source of toughest mercenaries. They played an important role in main battles of the Italian Wars (not always heroic one).
In 1500 they were to defend Milano serving Ludovico Sforza in his war against the French. However French king hired about 10 thousand Swiss. Swiss mercenaries in Milanese, including ones from Uri service refused to fight them. Enraged by the lack of payment they also handed Sforza to the French.