First of all, a big thanks to Peter. A regular comment-er here, and my chief resource for all things Autrian 1798-1809, he actually parted with this figs for the cost of the Postage. You have my gratitude sir.
No then, my Empire Rehabilitation projects has been slowly morphing into a Lansdknecht army over time. I had some of GWs original 2-handed swordsmen, but I parted with them long ago. I therefore wanted to find some suitable replacements, and Peter provided these 25mm models from Old Glory Miniatures. Although listed as 25mm, they fit quite nicely with both my Foundry Pikemen and my older GW Empire figs.
I was feeling challenged trying to figure out a basing scheme for these miniatures. In Warhammer, they form an entire unit of Two-handed swordsmen, but historically they were in the vanguard of the Pike block. They used their massive Zweihänder swords to hack at the opposing pikemen and disrupt their formation. Thus they seemed best to integrate into my pike stands. A better solution presented when my Impetus Rulebook arrived. I was delighted to see the Imperial army of Charles V listed in the back. In Impetus the Doppelsoldner's are represented by a single Skirmish stand per "square" They have a VBU of 3 and an Impetus of 3. Thus, they seem ideal for charging into the opponents pike to do a little damage and destroy their Impetus bonus' before the main lines clash. Nice!
I am still planning for a long-burn on this project as just one side for an Impetus Army would require another 6-8 pike stands alone. While the historical Landsknect were an explosion of color, I am planning to maintain my current paint scheme. Basically I am thinking two "battalions" in White-Blue and White-Yellow respectively, and a third of Swiss in Red-White. Five years ago when I get to the French or Italian formations, I will go for the rainbow effect, as it were.