Test of Honour
I wanted to personalise my Sarissa Mountain Village and make it look a bit more interesting, so I did some research on the Japanese architecture on Intertubes. Among the articles I found was this rather interesting website which has the text and pictures from a book written in 1885 by Edward S. Morse, an American professor who visited Japan in the 19th century. Entitled Japanese Homes and their Surroundings it contains a wealth of interesting information on Japanese architecture of great use to wargamers building scenery for Samurai games and which includes a section on “A Study of Roofs” I got more inspiration by doing a number of searches on Google Images using various terms related to roofs including “Japanese thatched roofs”. This research showed that there was a great variety in the ridges found on thatched houses in Japan and that the style of such ridges varied by region. I focused my search on finding a style which I could easily replicate in miniature. I found
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.
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.
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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Warbanner have been posting some interesting looking photos on Facebook for their forthcoming Mortal Gods: Test of Courage game and I must say it looks mighty tempting. Apparently it shares the same core gaming engine as Test of Honour and whilst Samurai have never really floated my boat, I thought it would be a good idea to try Test of Honour to see what I thought of the game system.Fortunately Steve and Matt down BIG both have the game and a pile of figures for it, and the club some Japanese scenery so tonight I took a break from getting beaten up in the Sudan to head off to try not to chop my head off with a katana in the Land of the Rising Sun!Borrowing Matt's figures, Steve offered to be my teacher and opponent and set up an 18 point a side game so we had a variety of units to play with. I had two samurai and some ashigaru with spears and some with bows. The scenario had three objectives on the board, which to win you had to capture two...My cunning plan was to advance my samurai and spear armed ashigaru