Samurai


Shuri Castle burned down.

Japan's world heritage castle destroyed in fireThe main building of the Shuri Castle in #Japan's Okinawa, also a World Heritage site, has burned down in a fire, with authorities working to control the blaze that has also engulfed other buildings, the police said on Thursday.The fire started shortly before 2:40 a.m. local time at Shuri Castle in Naha, the prefectural capital of Okinawa. The police and a local fire department said more than 10 fire engines have been dispatched.The police are investigating the cause of the fire and there were no immediate reports of injuries.The castle, listed as Japan's 11th World Heritage site in December 2000, is a major tourist spot in the southwestern Japan prefecture. (Xinhua)

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Lion Clan for Dragon Rampant

Somehow I got thinking about my collection of East Asian Fantasy collection (I think it was probably from seeing the "Daimyo" expansion in the current Reaper Bones Kickstarter...?). I had previously planned to do Hordes of the Things armies for each of the Clans in AEGs Legends of the Five Rings, plus keep a bunch on individual bases for role-playing games, and later I expanded those a bit to be used as Buntai in Osprey Wargame's Ronin - Samurai skirmish game.The largest and most complete of the HOTT armies was the Lion Clan army. I completed a Hordes of the Things army for them in 2011-2012(?) along with an opposing Phoenix Clan army. I used them in the Summer 2012 HOTT Campaign... and... never used them again. They've never even faced the other L5R HOTT Army I built - the Phoenix Clan. I also have a number of minis that were dedicated to a Lion Clan Ronin Buntai.Recently I have been reconsidering my basing standards and whether I'm likely to use some of the units/armies I have on multi-figure bases. I'

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Mountain Village for Test of Honour– Farmhouse & Rice Store

Here’s the Mountain Village Farmhouse, built as per instructions in the packet. I went to work with the strip-wood to add some beams, this took a couple of hours, there’s a lot of them. Thatch added with scouring pads. Roof ridge scratch-built from wooden coffee stirrers and strip-wood and everything given a base coat.  Grey for the wood, brown for the thatch. Inks, dry-brushing and panels painted. Another view of the finished model. A Sarissa Rice Store.  This model didn’t really need any added beams, but I changed the tiled roof for a thatched one with scouring pads and scratch-built a roof ridge.

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Mountain Village for Test of Honour – Hovel & Animal Shelters

Another Japanese scenery kit from Sarissa Precision.  This time the Mountain Village Hovel & Animal Shelter Set.  This is how the hovel looks built as per instructions in the pack.   I also took some inspiration from  a rather good two part article article about making these buildings available on the Sarissa blog.  Part 1 covers making the thatched roofs  from scouring pads, part 2 covers using water colour brush pens to add some subtle shading effects. To personalise the building I’ve added some strip-wood to make it a bit less boxy, put bits of scouring pad on the roof, and scratch-build a roof ridge out of wooden coffee stirrers and strip-wood.  Roof ridge is glued on to the top of the roof. Base coat of gray paint on the walls and roof ridge and watered down acrylic black mixed with PVA glue on the thatch. Inks and dry-brushing.   The animal shelters were done much the same way. 

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My Sanada for Test of Honour

I’ve had all these Dixon Samurai for at least 20 years and have played various games with them.  Having discovered the Test of Honour skirmish game I took them all down from the shelf, touched them up a bit, added Sanada sashimonos and made some sabot bases.  I even ordered up a few more so that I could make two forces with all the choices needed for the basic scenarios in the Test of Honour rules.  The Sanada mons on the sashimonos were designed using Coreldraw and printed out on laser printer waterslide decal paper.    The whole force. Samurai Ashigaru with Yari   Asigaru with bow Teppo Standard bearer and musician.  Now to finish off my other force, one that I can use as allies or opponents for my Sanada. 

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Sarissa Scenery for Test of Honour – the Shrine

I’ve been having a lot of fun playing Test of Honour at the club and a few weeks back I decided I needed to invest in some scenery.   Looking around the Internet I found that Sarissa Precision do a fine range of 28mm mdf Japanese scenery that would go just fine the the Dixon Samurai I have brought out from the cupboard where they have been lurking for about 25 years.  So off went an order, Shrine, Torrii Gate,  Rice Store,  Rice Cart and one of their Mountain Village Scenery Sets. I have written before about how I don’t really  like mdf buildings built straight out of the box and painted and how I like to add texture and detail to what you get if you build things straight off the instructions.    It can take a fair amount of time and effort, but I think it’s worth it. So here’s my shrine.  I’ve added strip-wood to the walls of the building, following the pattern that Sarissa have engraved on there, and added tiles to the roof. To my mind it all looks quite a bit better than the version Sarissa show on their

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Ninja Time!

Whist my 15mm Samurai army is already too extensive to really use in one go, that doesn't stop a steady drip-drip of additional units and, well, cool toys being added to it from time to time.The latest incremental unnecessary items are a Japanese folklore-inspired replacement Stampeding Herd ("Expendables" in ADLG terms), and some good-at-hiding Ninja ambush markers as well.These all come from Philp Mann's recent Kickstarter project, and were obtained by "ADLG-R" guru "Aussie Simon" on my behalf.Oni are basically Japanese Troll/Demon things, with a long tradition of being generally unsubtle and violent - and most usually bright red as well ! As such a herd of Oni seemed a great way to represent a more mythic retelling of the use of a stampeding cattle herd in the Battle of KurikaraThe Oni's flesh is all painted with the new Citadel Contrast Paints - Blood Angels Red, Akhelian Green (the blue coloured one oddly enough) and Creed Cammo for the Green ones. There's more Contrast Paint malarkey coming so

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Some day my Ninja will come...

June 2019 - The NEC, UK Games Expo and one of the bigger UK events I will manage to get to this year. So, why not take an almost legendarily unusable army into a theme where it is certain to meet opponents it struggles to deal with?Well, if that army is a Samurai force that hasn't seen light of day since it's almost-win in Burton last year, the answer is of course a resounding YES!!!The end result is five full match reports, packed to the sushi-tasting gills with pictures of Samurai figures far better painted than I could ever hope to manage myself, as well as all of the usual videos, jokes, witty banter (some of it from headless ex-warriors serving as markers), and half-baked tactical theories.In fact, there's even a herd of cows. What more could anyone want in the height of BBQ season eh?Read on to find out how the Samurai fared against the Song Chinese, Sicilians, French, Ottomans and a properly colourful Samurai Civil War as well (just one) in these 5 fully ninja-tastic reports.

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Test of Honour 2nd Edition Available for Pre-Order

Grey For Now Games have just launched a pre-order for their new edition of Test of Honour. Having never played the first, I’m tempted as I’ve already got a collection of suitable 28mm miniatures. Whether [...] The post Test of Honour 2nd Edition Available for Pre-Order appeared first on Tabletop Games UK.

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A Kiwi at Partizan

As I mentioned in my last posting, during my recent trip with my wife to the UK and Europe, I was able to fit in a day at the Partizan Wargames Show in Newark. This was actually the second British wargaming show I’ve visited, as back in 2013  I was lucky enough to attend SELWG in London. Based on that previous experience, I had some idea of what to expect. But despite this fore-knowledge, the sight of so many incredibly impressive games at Partizan was a real eye-opener to this colonial boy! The show was held in a very roomy and light venue at the Newark Showgrounds. I arrived just before opening time, and there was already a queue at the door. At 10.00 exactly the doors opened and the line moved quickly as the entry formalities were carried our efficiently by the organisers (including giving the first 500 visitors – including yours truly – a specially commissioned 28mm figure of the famous inter-war revolutionary, Rosa Luxembourg). I spent the next six hours happily wandering round the ha

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Jorõgumo from 'Rising Sun' and Ashigaru from Perry Miniatures

We recently returned from a nice, long vacation and so I thought I'd catch up with some figures I had done since the last time I had posted.First up is this rather creepy-crawly lass, Jorõgumo, from the CMON game 'Rising Sun'. The kickstarter for this game was a few years ago and I quickly jumped in after enjoying its viking-themed predecessor 'Blood Rage'. Another thing that attracted me to the game was its fabulous miniatures. They are very unique -  elegantly grotesque and wonderfully chilling. Also, as I'm a big fan of the 'Daisho' miniature rules, I thought these figures would also serve as excellent stand-ins as mythological opponents for our players to face (more on that in an upcoming post).The figures are molded in a relatively hard plastic, so they can both survive a bit of a tumble while still taking (and holding) paint. Like all plastic figures, you have to be careful when cleaning them with your hobby knife so as to not accidentally take away any of the fine detail.N

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Roll Call lists on the ADLG Wiki

The lists from the top four placed players in the 2019 15mm Roll Call period have now been added to the ADLG Wiki, along with my 25mm Medieval list and the lists of my 5 opponents over the weekend.15mm Lists:Mike Bennett Sui & Tang ChineseHubert Bretagne Mérovingian FranksPaul Johnston Christian NubianPeter Webb Christian Nubian25mm lists My WOTR Lancastrians (1st)Jurchen Chin Swiss (4th)Burgundian OrdonnanceItalian Condotta (2nd)Samurai (5th)

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The Seven (Female) Samurai' - Onna-Bugeisha

A few months ago I saw these female samurai (Onna-Bugeisha) from Warlord Games and immediately knew I had to pick up a set. Funny enough, there's a bit of synchronicity involved as well as I've had a Samurai-themed game rattling around in my head for a quite some time and these figures fit the bill perfectly. I think these are some of the nicest castings that Warlord has produced. They are beautifully crafted, have realistic proportions and are elegantly posed - you almost think they are from a larger-scaled range. Just exquisite.I have to admit I was a little intimidated when I first set off to paint these figures as I wanted to avoid just knocking them all out in solid colours, instead I wished to try a few patterns that would (very) loosely convey some of the amazing textiles these women would have worn. But, as many of you know, patterns can be tricky, and after a few tests runs on a piece of card, I found that the simple triumphed over the complex (thankfully for me, this is a mantra followed b

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Pictures from Japan of Samurai armor

During our trip to Tokyo last week we visited a couple of the museums in town, among them the small but very informative Samurai Museum. This museum had the most information in English compared to the rest of the museums we visited, and there was also a pretty good English tour for free every hour. I highly recommend checking this place out if you are in Tokyo and interested in history. We also went to the Tokyo National museum, which had a large segment on Samurai culture, swords and armor (actually a LOT of swords). The information in English written next to the exhibits was not as good, but you can get an English audio guide at the entrance.Some interesting stuff learned from the Samurai museum was the composition of the Samurai armor. You were able to get as close as you wanted, but not touch, all the armors on display, to really see how they were crafted and fitted together. The face masks being held in place with a string beneath the cheek and having a small hole beneath the chin to drain sweat dur

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