Historical Overview

Here's the FoG:AM page on the Swiss
The Swiss victory in the Swabian War against the Swabian League of Emperor Maximilian I in 1499 amounted to de facto independence within the Holy Roman Empire.

The Old Swiss Confederacy had acquired a reputation of invincibility during these earlier wars, but expansion of the federation suffered a setback in 1515 with the Swiss defeat in the Battle of Marignano. This ended the so-called "heroic" epoch of Swiss history. The success of Zwingli's Reformation in some cantons led to inter-cantonal religious conflicts in 1529 and 1531 (Wars of Kappel).

The Protestant Reformation in Switzerland was promoted initially by Huldrych Zwingli, who gained the support of the magistrate (Mark Reust) and population of Zürich in the 1520s. It led to significant changes in civil life and state matters in Zürich and spread to several other cantons of the Old Swiss Confederacy. Seven cantons remained Roman Catholic, though, which led to inter-cantonal wars known as the Wars of Kappel. After the victory of the Catholic cantons in 1531, they proceeded to institute counter-reformatory policies in some regions. The schism and distrust between Catholic and Protestant cantons would define their interior politics and paralyse any common foreign policy until well into the 18th century.

Despite their religious differences, and despite an exclusively Catholic defence alliance of the seven Catholic cantons (Goldener Bund), further major armed conflicts directly between the cantons did not occur. Soldiers from both sides fought in the French Wars of Religion.
In the Thirty Years' War, the thirteen cantons managed to maintain their neutrality, partly because all major powers in Europe depended on Swiss mercenaries, and would not let Switzerland fall into the hands of one of their rivals and eventually more than one hundred years after these internal wars that, in 1648, under the Peace of Westphalia, European countries recognized Switzerland's independence from the Holy Roman Empire and its neutrality.

During the Early Modern period of Swiss history, the growing authoritarianism of the patriciate families combined with a financial crisis in the wake of the Thirty Years' War led to the Swiss peasant war of 1653. In the background to this struggle, the conflict between Catholic and Protestant cantons persisted, erupting in further violence at the Battles of Villmergen in 1656

Swiss Pikemen Facts

  • We don't know if Swiss Pikemen enjoyed a good fight. No-one ever managed to give them one.
  • An apple a day keeps the doctor away. A Swiss Pike block a day kills.
  • A drilled Swiss Pike block turning 90 degrees will unscramble an egg.
  • A Swiss Pike block built the Matterhorn with buckets and spades whilst digging a camp latrine.
  • If you get charged by a Swiss Pike block in your dream, you die.
  • A Swiss Pike Block can have their cake AND eat it too.
  • Some people get lucky and kill two birds with one stone. A unit of Infants Perdu's once killed four birds with half a stone. What's that? You say there's no such thing as half a stone? The four dead birds didn't think so either.
  • S is for Swiss Pike block, as is every other letter of the alphabet.
  • Swiss Pikemen don't breathe, they hold air hostage.
  • Swiss Scientist Einstein's original Theory of Relativity was; if a Swiss Pike Block hits you, your relatives will feel it.
  • During the middle ages, The Swiss National Lottery numbers were not random. They were just the number of people Swiss Pikemen killed that given day.
  • During the wars against Charles The Bold a Swiss Pike block came across a bear in a forest near Morgaten. It was so terrified that it fled North into the arctic. It was also so terrified that all of its decendents now have white hair.


See the manufacturers here

15mm Manufacturers supplying figures suitable for Swiss Armies

You can see some of the figures in the Ancients Photo Gallery also on this site
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  • Essex Miniatures - Swiss Range
  • Donnington C15 Europe Range and a brand new Swiss range launched at Salute 2009
  • Black Hat Miniatures (previously Gladiator Games) Medievals and landsnecht/Swiss types
  • Old Glory 15's, large number of Renaissance/medieval figures
  • Minifigs Renaissance and medieval ranges includes Swiss figures
  • Irregular Miniatures 60 medievals in a range spanning East/West Europe from Late Feudal to C15 - dedicated Swiss range included
  • Tin Soldier 40 C14 & C15 medievals, including Swiss and equipment
  • Vexilia Extensive Mirliton & Venexia Italian/Burgundian Wars ranges for C15 armies including Swiss
  • QRF models Several Swiss codes in the Freikorps REN range. Some figures from the WOTR might also be useable for axample as Lorrainer allies.
  • Navwar sell a Swiss range under the Roundway banner
  • Viking Forge list a Swiss range
  • Legio Heroica now have a Swiss range
  • Khurasan Miniatures now have two separate "Early" and "High Renaissance" Swiss ranges



Name and Date
800 AP Swiss in Milan - Graham at Roll Call 2013
  • Kiel 12+2 Det Ft, Superior, Armoured
  • Kiel 12+2 Det Ft, Superior, Armoured
  • Kiel 12+2 Det Ft, Superior, Armoured
  • 4 LH, Xbow
  • 6 LF, Arquebus
  • 4 Fully Armoured Average Gendarmes
  • Kiel 14+3 Det Ft, Elite, Armoured
  • 2 TCs
(this army lacked enough Generals, one being distracted protecting the bits and bobs, leaving the 4 Kiels vulnerable to any unlucky cohesion drops they suffered. I might have been tempted to drop the Elite Kiel down to Superior, and add more generals. After all, if your plan needs Elite's, you probably have the wrong plan..)

800AP Swiss in Milan (Graham Briggs,Britcon & Roll Call 2012)
  • 12 DF Arm Sup Pk, 2 DF Arm Sup HW
  • 8 DF Arm Elite Pk, 2 DF Arm Elite HW
  • 12 DF Arm Sup Pk, 2 DF Arm Sup HW
  • 6 LF Unarm Av Cb
  • 4 Gen Fully Arm Ave HL Swd
  • 6 LF Unarm Ave Arq
  • 4 LH Unarm Cb
  • 12 DF Arm Sup Pk
  • 2 DF Arm Sup HW
TC CinC, FC Sub & TC Sub


  • Keep together and attack swiftly


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