Warfare in the Renaissance Era was in transition. Gunpowder was reducing the power of the knights so a new form of heavy calvary was created. The heavly armoured lancer. Encased in 3/4 suits of metal and armed with a heavy lance, sword and brace of pistols, these expensive and well trained professionals were a must have for any large army.
These figures are some of my oldest, I painted them in the 1970's. They are metal and approximately 15mm scale from Minifigs.