King Stépan IV's pleasure dome at Kragoneidin, on the shores of Lake Polishov

Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Picture for Alan of Tradgardland

In a thread over at the Tradgardland blog, Alan has been discussing some interesting pictures of 16th and 17th soldiers bearing both pikes and missle weapons, a combination which may or may not have been widely used!  Alan's post reminded me of some images I have seen here and there of late 18th century Austrian grenzers using a sort of spontoon as well as their musket, the spontoon having  a  hook mid-shaft, presumably for stabilising the musket for long range shooting.   Here is a one such picture of a  grenzer scharfshutz , from the magnificent New York Public Library Vinkuizen web site.


  1. I have always liked the grenzer with pike etc.I have used Minifigs of this figure for my Umstrittental army. Like the Ditchmarchen armies of the middle ages I conjectured my 18th century chaps would use the pole to polevault across
    ditches and marshy terrain.
    I have always thought the Austrians had interesting kit such as double barreled muskets and air rifles.
    Thanks for posting the piccie for me.
    best wishes

  2. The polearm/firearm combo is also quite common in eastern countries, with Polish Musketeers and Muscovite Streltzy using them to great effect... I have an image of even Russian in Potemkin hats (1790's?) using small pikes as shooting aids and against cavalry. Will try to post for your viewing pleasure.