Soldats were one of the ”new pattern” units. As a pike and shot formation organized according to Western European lines they were considered to be well-trained and had significant firepower. Matchlock muskets and rapiers were the main armament of the infantrymen and pikemen were equipped with pikes, breastplates and helmets. In addition some of the Soldats were equipped with Berdishe axes. In the second half of the 17th century this formation became the core of the Muscovite army. Soldat regiments were usually led by officers from Western Europe: the German states, England and Scotland. Privates were recruited locally, also from among the Cossacks and Tatars. Soldats received weapons, gunpowder and lead from the state but had to provide clothes on their own and so most regiments were not dressed uniformly.
The set includes 41 foot figures and 1 regimental gun:
1 x Commander figure 1 x Standard-bearer figure 1 x Drummer figure 24 x Musketeer figures 12 x Pikeman figures 2 x Gun crew figures 1 x Regimental gun 1x 4x4cm base 1x 3x4cm base 12x 2x4cm bases Set of pikes Set of standards