Monday, February 27, 2017

2 Companies for The Pikemen´s Lament



As it seems that the release of the Pikemen´s Lament rules have inspired gamers that haven´t erlier gamed the Pike and Shot era in to it. Many questions have aroused about how to build their companies and what minis to use.

So if you are new to the Pike and shot era, in my mind, the easiest and very cost effektive are to get Hold of a box of Warlord´s "Pike and Shotte starter battalia" there you get 90 foot and 24 horse minis for just £75. This is enought minis for you to get 2 Companies for the English Civil War, you even get flaga in the box.

Royalists
1 Pike @ 4 points
2 Shot @ 4 points each
2 Gallopers @ 4 points each
1 Commanded Shot @ 2 points
And 2 points to upgrade any of the units

Parlamentarians
1 Pike @ 4 points
2 Shot @ 4 points each
2 Trotters @ 4 points each
1 Commanded Shot @ 2 points
And 2 points to upgrade any of the units.

Of course you can mix the units around and for exempel use all the Pike and Shot units in one company and Pit them against a full Cavalry company with Commanded shot as support.


From the he minis in the Battalia box you can actually build 2 of the Thirty Year War companies that are inkluded in the National Army Lists, the classical nemesis Sweden vs. Holy roman Empire 

Sweden
1 Pike @ 4 points (12 minis)
2 Shot @ 4 points each (2x12 minis)
1 Aggressive Elite Gallopers @ 6 points (Finnish Horse) (6 mounted minis with Sword and Helmets) 1 Aggressive Gallopers @ 4 points (Swedish Horse) (6 mounted minis with Sword and floppy hats)
1 Commanded Shot @ 2 points (6 minis with muskets) 
In total 12 pikes, 30 shot and 12 horse minis.

Holy Roman Empire and Catholic League
2 Pike @ 4 points each (2x12 minis)
2 Shot @ 4 points each (2x12 minis)
2 Trotters @ 4 pints each (2x6 mounted minis with pistols and maybe some muskets)
In total 24 pikes, 24 shot and 12 horse minis.

Total for both companies are 36 pikes, 54 shot and 24 horse minis i.e total 90 foot 24 mounted.

Seems like it was ment to be as that is exactly what you get in the Battalia box. One word of advice, to get all the pikemen needed you need to do a small bit if conversion as there are only 24 pikemen and 8 command minis and you need 36 of them, so you are 4 Pikemans short, but there is 6 extra pikeman bodys in the Box but no pikes so you have to make your own for the last 4, or you give them left over bits from the command/cavalry sprue. Also for the catholic Trotters you may mix in some leftover musket arms from the matchlock sprues to make arquebusiers.


2 comments:

  1. You certainly can't beat the value of the big box sets.

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  2. warlord is the best for pike and shotte value, I got a regiment of swedish infantry as one of my first purchases in the hobby, finally put it to use.

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