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Weasel17 Feb 2017 12:15 a.m. PST

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Given that we can't go back and see what two pike units fighting each other looked like, maybe this is as good as it gets.

Give it a look.
Anyone know what film it's from?

General Custer17 Feb 2017 2:19 a.m. PST

The film is "Alatriste"

Weasel17 Feb 2017 4:59 a.m. PST


Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP17 Feb 2017 6:28 a.m. PST

Great scene from a pretty good movie as I recall. But it also suffers a bit from the lack of numbers tight shots help immensely of course.

davbenbak Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member17 Feb 2017 7:46 a.m. PST

I might also mention that there is a portion of the film "Cyrano" where a Spanish tercio advances preceded by cavalry carrocole.

Terrement17 Feb 2017 2:15 p.m. PST


Sobieski Inactive Member17 Feb 2017 5:24 p.m. PST

Long yari, pike – the difference is just in the spelling.

Weasel19 Feb 2017 10:29 a.m. PST

Terrement They probably ride that close so it looks more dramatic on film :-)

Though those pistols have an effective range of..not very much.. so I'd believe that they actually have to get quite close to hit the broad side of a barn.

One thing I liked in the clip was the swordsmen crawling under the pike to stab and slash at enemy soldiers.
I know the early tercio tactics did have swordsmen in the formation though I don't know if that's exactly how they were employed.

DontTreadOnMe02 Mar 2017 8:48 a.m. PST

Aragorn son of Arathorn in the front rank I notice. It was a decent movie but more of interest to fans of Donnybrook rather than large-scale battle groupies I would have thought. Old Viggo was good in it.

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