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PM Leslie
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C15 Mounted Crossbow?
Leslie
10th Aug 2016 11:34:06

Anyone have an approach that works to create this troop type?  It opens up a loot of late medieval and early renaissance armies.


PM Fireymonkeyboy
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C15 Mounted Crossbow?
Fireymonkeyboy
10th Aug 2016 12:45:00

 

Not sure I undestand - what do you mean by "an approach to create"?  Is C15 a figure code?

FMB


PM Leslie
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C15 Mounted Crossbow?
Leslie
10th Aug 2016 01:04:23

15th century, and no there is no such figure in the baccus catalog; hence posting to conversions board.


PM Whirlwind
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C15 Mounted Crossbow?
Whirlwind
11th Aug 2016 05:02:07

No, when I asked about this on the old forum the responses weren't encouraging as the conversions would be a little tricky.  It is on the "Baccstarter" list with a few packs pledged.


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C15 Mounted Crossbow?
dourpuritan
11th Aug 2016 07:06:24

Try C15th - it avoids ambiguity.


PM ithoriel
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ithoriel
11th Aug 2016 11:30:12

I'm far from an expert in the period but I was under the impression mounted crossbowmen moved mounted but often fired on foot.

If that's the case, would a front rank (or two) of WOR05 crossbowmen backed by a number of horses and holders (maybe from ECW04) do to indicate the troop type?

 


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dourpuritan
12th Aug 2016 07:24:44

I thought that was the case for mounted longbow, but I've not come across that for mounted crossbow. As far as I'm aware, up until the early C16th they used the light latch-type crossbow and acted as mounted skirmishers/light horse. Foot skirmishers, using the crossbow, were a distinct type. The formed foot crossbow would certainly use the heavier arbalest, with the winding gear, and would likely use the pavise as well. My preferred gaming period is 1450 to 1520 so I'm not so certain about the earlier medieval period.


PM Leslie
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Leslie
13th Aug 2016 12:14:05

I have run into published references citing both but I'm not sure what they are using for original source.  ithorial's suggestion is good since it is something that can be implemented with existing figures at any rate,


PM ithoriel
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ithoriel
13th Aug 2016 02:48:55

Having had a rummage in both the real world and the virtual one, it seems to me that mounted crossbowmen fired mounted and dismounted as circumstances dictated but that the further south you go the bigger the chance they'll fire mounted. So the Spanish and Italians seem to have fired mounted more often than the English, for example.

Faced with opponents on foot they seem to have been more likely to fire on the ground while if opposed by, or supporting, cavalry they would tend to be mounted.

That said, evidence for either seems pretty thin on the ground so your guess is likely to be as good as anyone elses!

 


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PM cmnash
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cmnash
16th Aug 2016 09:19:58

Nic over on his blog Irregular Wars has posted about his search for mounted crossbowmen; if you follow this link, it should (hopefully!) take you to his post:

http://irregularwars.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/the-quest-for-6mm-mounted-crossbowmen.html

Hope that helps


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