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Early Medieval Swiss, Late 13th to early 15th Centuries


Probably legendary
Swiss hero Arnold von Winkelried painted by
Chris Yaro.
The Swiss were arguably the most famous warriors of Medieval Europe, so much so that they changed warfare forever. Whilst renowned for the pike blocks they would later adopt, they made their independence and fought many of their fiercest battles armed primarily with the halberd, a fearsome weapon with which they were quite adept. Supporting these men in their heavy columns were crossbowmen and, right from the start, pikemen, although originally not in numbers to field independent combat columns.

Every effort has been made to provide Early Swiss models with the correct weapon shapes and dress. Halberds have the right blades and the daggers are the unique "schweizerdolch." Our basic packs represent the Swiss from the beginning of their campaigns of independence and conquest until the sallet became more popular, and Swiss halberd design evolved, in the early 15th century. The most common headgear was the "war hat," a wide brimmed open faced helmet, as well as simple metal caps, and starting in the mid-14th century, the bascinet, which had a vaguely bullet-like shape.

We package our basic models with the warhat and steel cap, for those who wish to build the earliest armies, before the adoption of the bascinet. For those who want to build armies from the mid-14th century on, there is a Bascinet Booster Pack, several of the same basic poses but with head swaps to give them the bascinet. Mix a few of those booster packs in with the basic packs to make an army perfect for Sempach or Arbedo. (The warhat was the most popular Swiss helmet all the way up to the early 16th century.)

To read much more about the decisions made on crafting the figurines, and how to use them to build your army, please see my blog post with design notes:
Here come the Early Swiss!

So join the Swiss on their amazing early victories, when, to quote an Austrian source, they "hacked their enemies into many small pieces!"

Sculpted by "Wiff Waff."


CodeContentsPrice (US$)Order/Progress
KM-2000Early Swiss Halberdiers (x 12)$6.99
KM-2001Early Swiss Pikemen (x 12)$6.99
KM-2002Early Swiss Crossbowmen (x 12, pavises sold separately)$6.99
KM-2003Early Swiss Command (x 4, knight, hero, hornplayer and standardbearer, flag not provided)$2.39
KM-2004Early Swiss Pavises (x 6, crossbowmen sold separately -- you must supply your own wire supports)$2.99
KM-2005Early Swiss Bascinet Booster Pack (x 20: 1 standardbearer pose x1, 1 crossbow pose x3, 1 pikeman pose x4, two halberdier poses x 6)$10.99
KM-2006Early Swiss Halberdier Battlegroup for Field of Glory (12 bases, 48 figures from KM2000)$26.99
TR-8Letzinen Stone wall section (1 x 40mm length)$2.49
TR-3European Medieval or Renaissance Soldier's Tent (x 1)$2.99
TR-7Supply Ox Cart$4.49