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Posted by: Cicerius Greetings Chaps. Seeing the post about two handed swords and a good idea it is too I have to say, lots of misconceptions about them,(thanks fantasy roleplaying games!) got me thinking about the other weapon par excellence of the time, the Pike. It really made a comeback, had a renaissance if you will (hah!) in this time with the Swiss and then ze Germans, and Spanish tercios. Lasted on the battlefield until the late 17th Century Lots of innovation from the Dutch especially and the Swedes. Again, Thoughts for a Weapon book?
Posted on: 28/02/2014 06:54:00

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Posted by: MTG
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Joined Date: Wednesday, 21 December 2011
I'd certainly read such a title and I'd like more non-fire arm titles in the weapon series but would a book on the pike complement or be a rehash (with new artwork) of pike and shot tactics?
Posted on: 28/02/2014 10:52:00
Posted by: mdaniels
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Joined Date: Monday, 14 May 2012
A Weapon title on the Pike would not be a re-hash if it covered the whole history of the weapon rather than just the 17th Century. I too would like to see more non-firearm titles - I could give you a list but AdamC wouldn't like it ;)
Posted on: 28/02/2014 12:10:00
Posted by: scratchbuilder
Total Posts: 51
Joined Date: Saturday, 6 July 2013
Yes a history of the pike, from the Macedonians and Chinese and up through the middle ages to the seventeenth century. It was later used as a weapon of desperation, as witnessed by several Irish rebellions.
Posted on: 28/02/2014 18:35:00
Posted by: Blood Rave
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Joined Date: Friday, 10 May 2013
In relation to the pike and shot era of the 16-17th centuries, a title on the pike would be interesting, maybe a companion title on the arquebus would work as well
Posted on: 02/04/2014 22:18:00
Posted by: scratchbuilder
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BR: Your suggestion has merit, but I would prefer a history of the pike as a fixed constant; with other weapons and shifting tactics weaving in and out of the story.
Posted on: 05/04/2014 23:39:00
Posted by: Blood Rave
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Joined Date: Friday, 10 May 2013
The pike is an interesting weapon, from it's ancient heyday in the Alexandrian conquests and the successor wars to the early 18th century, it performed so many roles as an infantry weapon. As an anti cavalry weapon, it was superb in that respect, against infantry a pike block in offense was a fearsome sight on the battlefield, in the late middle ages, the Swiss and Landsknecht pike-men was formidable soldiers and by the 16th century, the Tercios combined arms approach with gun and pike revolutionized warfare right up to the late 17th century with different styles of tactics, the Dutch and the Swedish methods come to mind here.
Posted on: 06/04/2014 20:57:00
Posted by: scratchbuilder
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BR: You may be aware, Osprey have already published Elite179 Pike and Shot Tactics. 1590-1660. An excellent book which covers the tactical relationship between the pike and the arquebus. I would like to see a more general study of the evolution of pike armed armies. In the British Isles, the medieval Scots and North Welsh both used the pike, long before the sixteenth century.
Posted on: 23/04/2014 14:29:00
Posted by: Blood Rave
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I find the Landskneckt and the swiss use of pikes to be very interesting
Posted on: 12/06/2014 14:39:00

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