Clans, Banners and Sashimonos.
The difficulty here was to find two clans with different colors and in the same time, two clans with complementary elements. Uesugi and Mori clans have similar design characteristics. Especially concerning the banners ( nobori and umajirushi), both clans use the circle(s) as distinctive mark on their banners. Concerning the samurai sashimono, instead of paint all of them in the same way, I preferred to paint them in different colors of allied clans. This increase the colors diversity on the battlefield!
Some links to avoid the nightmare of the Samurai heraldry. The Umajirushi 17thcentury compendium, this marvelous book is a gold mine and contain lot of useful comments. Here the same think but without English translation and comments. To finish, the unmissable website of John Stuart.
This clan mark their red battle standard with the three white Orion’s belt stars. Sashimino are black with a white disk. So, when you mention great names and families in Sengoku Japan, usually the first ones that come to mind are the Oda, Toyotomi and Tokugawa. Then, when asked to expound upon those families, the next tier of names usually include the likes of the Hojo, Takeda and Uesugi. Very rarely will you hear the Mori mentioned among these families. For the life of me, I have no idea why.
“Ashigaru” units (light foot) are essentially composed by peasant in the early samurai period (12th 14th century) but they became an essential part of any army from the Sengoku Jidai period when skirmish battles where transformed in large conflicts (15th 16th century). They are lightly armored and wear the “jingasa” (conical hat). They trained to use the “Yari, Naginata, Yumi and the tepo” (lance, Halberd, bow and arquebuse).
They are the iconic warriors of the Medieval Japan. In the early period, they are knew for their prowess of mounted bowmen and for their lust of dueling. At the opposite, in the late period, they loosed this individual role. They were drowned in very large army and were reduce to simple elite units. Their bows were swapped for arquebuses but their pair of katana followed them until the end of the samurai period.
The samurai horsmen
Test of Honour and Crisis Antwerp 2017
It’s hard to find WHB opponent since the “End of Time “ tragedy, so, to play quickly my growing army, I rapidly succumbed to a new wargame that you probably knew: Test of Honour. Easy to learn and fast to play, cheaper in investment. It’s a nice first step for wargaming in the Medieval Japan period. Some pictures of the game we played with club partners at Crisis the last week end.
Scenery and various things
In this last part, I'll show you various miniatures a used to play the scenario for Test of Honour rules. Some miniatures to add life to my medival japan village (Perry's and Dixon miniatures. Buildings come from Hovel range, cheapper and easy to paint.
For a greenhorn like me, when you want to run an exotic project like a medieval japan army… You need documentation J You can find lot of information about this period, some “how to paint”, rules, advises concerning all the samurai ranges on the market in these magazines. They’re special medieval japan issues. Wargames Illustrated 278 & 355. Wargames Soldats and Strategy 01 & 67
I started my new order on the Dixon Miniatures website, Ronins, Ninjas, War machines, Goblins, Giant Onis and Seated General vignettes. Until my order is delivery at home, I started some new units for my landsknecht Dwarf army.