The Shenjiying was one of the three elite military divisions of the Ming Dynasty stationed around the capital Beijing. Its name has been variously rendered as Firearms Division, Artillery Camp, Shen-chi Camp, and Firearm Brigade.
Established in the reign of the Yongle Emperor (1360–1424), its main purpose was the research and training in the use of firearms. The Shenjiying provided half of General Qi Jiguang's army with firearms and one cannon to every twelve soldiers, considerably high amongst other contemporary armies. The other two divisions were the Five Barracks Division (五軍營; Wujunying), which drilled infantry in tactical manoeuvres and the Three Thousand Division (三千營; Sanqianying), where hired Mongol instructors taught reconnaissance, mounted combat and signalling.
This is the upcoming JYC Toy KLG005 1/6th Scale Ming Dynasty Firearms Division Musketeer 12-inch Collectible Figure. Check out the prototype / preview pictures.
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