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LATE 16TH C. GERMANS/IMPERIALS/LATER LANDSKNECHTS

Reiters were the universal mounted mercenary of the late 16th Century. The Spanish army fielded many under the name "Herreruelos." Their infantry equivalent was the German Landsknecht -- that term continued to be used although by this period they might just be called "Germans" or "Fussknechts" but were usually raised the same way. Reiters and Landsknechts seemed to be on virtually every battlefield of the late 16th century.

Note that by this period German infantry were gradually replacing the Pluderhosen with billowy trousers without the vents, but both continued to be widely worn, side by side in the same infantry units, as period art clearly shows.

The Germans fought in large squares of pikemen, and these still included a certain percentage of halberdiers. Accordingly, both German pike sets have the option to be bought with a dozen halberds in addition to their pikes (so the pack comes with 24 weapons and 12 figurines).


CodeContentsPrice (US$)Order/Progress
L16-LANDSK-PIKE-ARMLate 16th Century German/Landsknecht Pikemen in Armour (x 12)$8.99
L16-LANDSK-PIKE-HALB-ARMLate 16th Century German/Landsknecht Pikemen/Halberdiers in Armour (x 12 figurines, with 12 pikes and 12 halberds)$9.99
L16-LANDSK-PIKE-UNARMLate 16th Century German/Landsknecht Pikemen, Unarmoured (x 12)$8.99
L16-LANDSK-PIKE-HALB-UNARMLate 16th Century German/Landsknecht Pikemen/Halberdiers, Unarmoured (x 12 figurines, with 12 pikes and 12 halberds)$9.99
L16-LANDSK-ARQUEBUSLate 16th Century German/Landsknecht Arquebusiers (x 12)$8.99
L16-LANDSK-INF-COMMLate 16th Century German/Landsknecht Infantry Command (x 8)$5.99
L16-REITER-SIMLate 16th Century German Reiters, horses with simple furniture (x 12)$17.99
L16-REITER-LON Late 16th Century German Reiters, horses with long-strapped furniture (x 12)$17.99
L16-REITER-COMM-SIMLate 16th Century German Reiter Command, horses with simple furniture (x 3)$4.49
L16-REITER-COMM-LONLate 16th Century German Reiter Command, horses with long-strapped furniture (x 3)$4.49

Late 16th Century


Figures for the armies of the late sixteenth century, a period of incessant warfare that saw the Spanish fighting to retain the Netherlands, intervening in French and Irish affairs and attempting an invasion of England, the English intervening in the Netherlands and fighting an often desperate struggle against the Irish, the Dutch engaged in a struggle for independence and the Germans/Imperials fighting as mercenaries in many armies while fighting off the Ottomans in south-central Europe.

Please note many cavalry codes are available with either the simple horse furniture or the somewhat fancier furniture popular on the continent which had long rump straps. If a code does not have an image, the models are identical to the code that does have an image, just with the different horses.

The Late 16th Century Irish are available on their own page.

Sculpted by "clibinarium" and painted by "Rafa." The flags (gorgeously handpainted by Rafa) are, sadly, not included.


LATE 16TH C. ARTILLERY AND OTHER UNIVERSAL SETS

These models may be used for all of the armies on this page.


CodeContentsPrice (US$)Order/Progress
L16-ARTILLERYLate 16th Century Heavy Field Gun with Crew$5.99
L16-MASTER-GUNNERSLate 16th Century Master Gunners (x 4, a German, an Englishman, a Spaniard and a Dutchman)$3.99


LATE 16TH C. SPANISH

The Spanish Empire at the end of the 16th century was one of the largest in world history, a titan spanning the globe, administered by the Spanish Crown from Madrid. The embodiment of its might was the invincible tercio, an immovable object on the battlefield. Supporting the tercios were armoured lancers who increasingly came to be replaced by pistoliers as the century came to a close, and foreign cavalry -- German armoured pistoliers (Herreruelos) as well as mounted arquebusiers of various nationalities.

The tercios were large but had more flexibility than is commonly recognized. As they were permanently embodied the officers and men of the tercios had unparalleled experience and esprit de corps. The front ranks were taken by armoured veterans, men new to the unit being positioned in the back, generally with lighter, or no, protection. Many shooters continued to be arquebusiers but increasing numbers of large muskets, fired from rests, were used, and in some armies at the end of the century outnumbered arquebusiers.

Artillery will be available under a common listing as soon as released. As Herreruelos were German Reiters, use those from the German/Imperial/Later Landsknecht listing on this page.


CodeContentsPrice (US$)Order/Progress
L16-SPAN-HVY-PKLate 16th Century Spanish Armoured Pikemen (x 12)$8.99
L16-SPAN-LGHT-PKLate 16th Century Spanish "Pica Seca" (unarmoured pikemen) (x 12)$8.99
L16-SPAN-ARQLate 16th Century Spanish Arquebusiers (x 12)$8.99
L16-SPAN-MUSKLate 16th Century Spanish Musketeers (x 12)$8.99
L16-SPAN-INF-COMMLate 16th Century Spanish Infantry Command (x 6)$4.49
L16-SPAN-CUIR-SIMLate 16th Century Spanish Corazas (cuirassiers), horses with simple furniture (x 12)$17.99
L16-SPAN-CUIR-LONLate 16th Century Spanish Corazas (cuirassiers), horses with long-strapped furniture (x 12)$17.99
L16-SPAN-LNCR-SIMLate 16th Century Spanish Lancers, horses with simple furniture (x 12)$17.99
L16-SPAN-LNCR-LONLate 16th Century Spanish Lancers, horses with long-strapped furniture (x 12)$17.99
L16-SPAN-LT-MTD-ARQ-SIMLate 16th Century Spanish unarmoured mounted arquebusiers, horses with simple furniture (x 12)$17.99
L16-SPAN-LT-MTD-ARQ-LONLate 16th Century Spanish unarmoured mounted arquebusiers, horses with long-strapped furniture (x 12)$17.99
L16-SPAN-HV-MTD-ARQ-SIMLate 16th Century Spanish armoured mounted arquebusiers, horses with simple furniture (x 12)$17.99
L16-SPAN-HV-MTD-ARQ-LONLate 16th Century Spanish armoured mounted arquebusiers, horses with long-strapped furniture (x 12)$17.99
L16-SPAN-HV-CV-COMM-SIMLate 16th Century Spanish armoured cavalry command, horses with simple furniture (x 3)$4.49
L16-SPAN-HV-CV-COMM-LONLate 16th Century Spanish armoured cavalry command, horses with long-strapped furniture (x 3)$4.49
L16-SPAN-LT-CV-COMM-SIMLate 16th Century Spanish unarmoured cavalry command, horses with simple furniture (x 3)$4.49
L16-SPAN-LT-CV-COMM-LONLate 16th Century Spanish unarmoured cavalry command, horses with long-strapped furniture (x 3)$4.49
L16-SPAN-HGH-COMM-SIMLate 16th Century Spanish High Command, horses with simple furniture (x 3)$4.49
L16-SPAN-HGH-COMM-LONLate 16th Century Spanish High Command, horses with long-strapped furniture (x 3)$4.49