1898 Miniaturas’ Spanish Pikemen Brace For A Charge

June 9, 2020 by brennon

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1898 Miniaturas creates stunning 28mm miniatures for those playing out the Historic battles of the Thirty Years War as well as delving into conflicts throughout Cuba and the Philippines Wars too. Their recent selection of releases looks to hold the line with some ace looking Spanish Pikemen in various styles.

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Spanish Pikemen

The newest selection of offerings from their webstore gives us Spanish Tercio (Attacking), Armoured Pikemen Receiving Cavalry, Unarmoured Pikemen (Attacking) and finally a set of Armoured Pikemen (Attacking). Each of the packs offers up a set of great looking metal miniatures which would be ace for building a bristling wall of sharp pike tips!

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Spanish Pikemen Regiment

I like the idea that these bands of soldiers fought using a combined arms element. You'd have the pikemen holding the line and keeping the enemy at bay whilst those armed with muskets and such could watch the flanks and pick off the enemy as they got closer. It's a tactic which was carried over into The Empire in Warhammer Fantasy Battles and their detachment rules.

I also really like that you get options for setting up your soldiers in different ways. Here we have a unit getting ready to brace and accept the charge of frothing horses as they come to shatter their lines. I would not want to be riding into that!

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Spanish Pikemen Bracing For A Charge

This allows you to create some really narrative armies on the battlefield where the front rank might be swapped out for these miniatures to show a unit is ready to take the hit. It might be a bit of faff here and there to do something like that, but when you're telling a story on the tabletop, going that extra mile makes all the difference sometimes.

It is well worth checking out more from 1898 Miniaturas and we'll be keeping an eye on them too!

"...a set of great looking metal miniatures which would be ace for building a bristling wall of sharp pike tips!"

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