Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Swiss Resurrection Continued - Baggage Camp

It's been awhile - and still not much progress on painting this summer - but I did finish my baggage camp base for use in my 25mm Field of Glory Swiss army.

The artillery pieces and the crew are Old Glory 25's, while the wagon and oxen are Foundry figures that I didn't know what else to do with.

Artillery is usually of not much use in most Ancient rule sets focusing on open field battles, so these haven't been getting much use for me.  It seems that they will probably make it onto a tabletop more often as figures in a baggage camp than as fighting elements.  By the way, the relative ineffectiveness of battlefield artillery in pre-1500 warfare is in all probably not misrepresented by miniature wargaming rules - their lack of mobility, and slow rate of fire actually made them simple to maneuver around.  Of course, on the other hand, the static nature of siege warfare is something completely different, and if I find a set of siege (or campaign) rules that I really like, these figures may still find their way back to the front, instead of the rear, of a battlefield for me.


  1. You're correct about the limited usefulness of Artillery in the field pre 1500. OTOH, many battles from 1300 on involved a decided attacker/defender scenario. The Burgundians were often in a set position when the Swiss hammer descended upon them, and might have made better use of their significant artillery park, aside from usually being taken by surprise by the Swiss attacks. How an army with marked cavalry superiority can be repetitively surprised by blocks of thousands of pikemen is a bit puzzling but it happened again and again in the Swiss/Burgundian wars, and even in the Italian Wars (Novarra). Anyway, I think the baggage camp looks great, and the Swiss acquired a substantial artillery park themselves by capturing so much Burgundian ordnance!

  2. Field artillery in the second half of the 15th century could be quite effective; perhaps not by casualties caused but by its effect on enemy movements. In some battles it actually changed events; for example at St-Aubin-du-Cormier 1488, the French artillery caused one of the Breton units, under fire, to change its direction, that opened a gap in the Breton line and French heavy cavalry charged into the gap and won the battle.

  3. Nice looking artillery pieces. The one question I have...how did they transport them..? Towed or loaded onto wagons?

  4. The Burgundians were usually surprised because Charles the Bold always assumed the Swiss wouldn't attack him, neglected to put out any significant scouts to warn him of their approach, and seemed to always camp near large woods from which the Swiss infantry burst out from and surprised his armies. Good old Charles.