Pendraken Samurai. Having been inspired from both a number of sources and reasons I have very quickly started to tackle these. I shall go into the reasons and inspirations another time as they are fairly involved.
The figure themselves are a pleasure to paint and as long as I don't get side-tracked (we both know I will) I can see these getting finished quite quickly. (Well quickly for me that is). While I do not at this stage have a rule set lined up I have decided to base them with 4 stands to a unit on the same size bases as for DBA. If nothing else I will get a couple of DBA armies bashed out in pretty quick time! I (along with many others) don't like DBM and to be honest the figures are a little late for the medieval period. I might have a look at FOG Renaissance or, which is looking most likely create a set of rules myself. In no way do I consider myself an expert on this period but I know what I want the rules to do and knowing what I want from a game might make this easier than chasing around for the "right" set of rules.
Anyway onto the figures. These are clearly Samurai as they are mounted. I think that the area needed to graze a horse would restrict anyone other than a Samurai or lord to have the area required to keep a horse. They are on a 40mm frontage and 30mm deep (60,thou0 platicard sheet. Only 3 figures to a base so 12 figures in a unit. Pendraken sells them in packs of 15 so while 4 horses would fit on a base it just made more sense to use 3. Yes I am tight fisted! I would have liked more Sashimono back banners but at least one on a stand is enough to get the idea. As you can see I have settled on the 4 diamonds motif as it is the easiest to paint. (And I like Easy when it comes to 10mm figures).
For the Ashigaru (light feet) infantry armed with Aquibusiers. These are on 40mm by 20mm bases with 4 figures to a base. Again as with the Cavalry I went for convenience rather than struggling to cram figures on bases. While more figures might look better 4 is enough to give an idea without being too many to eat up all the figures in one go. Unlike the Samurai the Ashigaru have been given uniforms and have a very standard look to them. I have used a single Sashimono for the unit so we can see which stand is the command stand of the unit. I have no idea if I will need command stands in any rules I create, but it does look better in the box!
There are still lots more to do so expect to get very bored looking at more of the same in the next few days. I shall attempt to update this blog on Friday or Saturday, as I will not be available to blog as normal on this coming Sunday. So until next time I hope you have found something of interest and I look forward to talking to you soon.
All the best Clint.