1588 Spanish Pictures

    1588 Spanish Pictures

    Spanish firing line

    The business ends of some Spanish muskets.   The Spanish Army were one of the first nationalties to adopt the musket, a more unwieldy weapon than the arquebus, but much more powerful.   It was said that to reload a musket required a minimum of three hands.

    The slightly larger musketeer third from the left is a 15mm figure from Tabletop, which is intended for the latter half of the 16th century, although it would go fairly well with later Thirty Years War armies.   However, musketeers would be wearing hats by 1588 and the Spanish were already adopting powder "Apostles" (which you can't see in this photo), so the figure is acceptable in a 1588 army too.   Like all Tabletop figures - no frills sculpting, but it does the job.

    The other three are from the new Essex range "Spanish and English 1559-1605".  I was very pleased with these figures.   Good details - the hanging sleeves and the lace collars and cuffs add period charm.  

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