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Eastern European Peasant Infantry, 15th Century
Eastern European Peasant Infantry, 15th Century
      Source not given, 15th Century.
Balkan Cavalryman, 15th Century
Balkan Cavalryman, 15th Century
      From William Caorsin's 'Obsidionis Rhodiae Descripto', printed in Ulm in 1496.
Albanian Cavalry, 15th Century
Albanian Cavalry, 15th Century
      Source not given, 15th Century. Armour, where worn comprises no more than a mail corselet worn under the coat, common weapons include lance, mace, and sword or sabre ('which is a terrible weapon' says Philippe de Commynes).
Roumanian Infantry, 15th Century
Roumanian Infantry, 15th Century
      Source not given, 15th Century. This figure is a Moldavian of Stephen the Great's reign (1457-1504).
Roumanian Cavalry, 15th Century
Roumanian Cavalry, 15th Century
      Source not given, 15th Century. This Wallacian holds an osier shield of native type, others might use Hungarian 'wing' shields like the next figure.
Roumanian Heavy Cavalry, 15th Century
Roumanian Heavy Cavalry, 15th Century
      Based on a Moldavian Reliquary, 15th Century. Transylvanian heavy cavalry more armour, often full western plate (often German Gothic in style) with shields, see the Hungarian Men-at-Arms below.
Hungarian Man-at-Arms, c.1445
Hungarian Man-at-Arms, c.1445
      From an Italian fresco c.1445-50 depicting Florentine condottiere Filippo Scolari (aka Pippo Spano). Helmet and shield have been added from other sources, the 'wing' shield being very popular in Hungary and subsequently addopted by the Ottomans by the 16th Century.
Hungarian Man-at-Arms, c.1487
Hungarian Man-at-Arms, c.1487
      From the tomb effigy of Imricha Zapolyai, shows a Gothic harness that betrays some Italian influence in the tassets and breastplate. The single feather crest is seen in a considerable number of Hungarian sources and seems to have been used to denote men of rank.
Hungarian or Serbian Hussar, late 15th Century
Hungarian or Serbian Hussar, late 15th Century
      This figure wears a long sleeved tunic, and a topcoat with hanging Albanian style sleeves, and an 'Hungarian' cap.
Hungarian or Serbian Hussar, late 15th Century
Hungarian or Serbian Hussar, late 15th Century
      From an engraved sabre-scabbard chape of c.1500. Possibly from the Serbian gusar or husar, meaning a robber or plunderer.
Mercenary Balkan Gunner, c.1526
Mercenary Balkan Gunner, c.1526
      Ottoman ms. c.1526. Ottoman gunners were drawn from diverse sources, including Germans, Hungarians, Bosnians, Dalmatians and Italians.