The Pike & Shotte historical window is rather wide and includes conflicts from just about every European country, as well as many other countries around the world. Many of these battles were over different viewpoints on religion, as turmoil over the various religious movements dragged thousands of people to arms. Warlord Games has several new releases to let you replay those battles on your tabletop, with their new Wars of Religion releases.
The core release for this set is the Regiment Box that contains 8 arquebusiers, 12 pikemen, and a command core that has an ensign and two musicians. The models have been designed that they can be used across a wide range of conflicts to represent soldiers from a large number of armies. These could be Spanish Conquistadores or Tudor forces or even those tasked with the defense of Malta.
To augment the pikemen, and to show off a bit of their wealth, certain lords would hire well-equipped mercenary groups to take the field of battle for them. These swordsmen form strong points around which the pikemen can form. And to keep everyone in line, there’s a command mini mounted on a horse so he can see a bit more of what’s going on during the battle.