Sunday, October 28, 2012

Perry Choson Korean Cavalry

Here is the cavalry for Changun's army - this unit is comprised of a set each of the Perrys' two-handed swordsmen, flailmen and bowmen. I plan to use them as either bows or flailmen. I know this may be pushing the what you see is what you get rule, but all of them have bows and quivers. One set was missing their bows and quivers, and I'm still waiting for the missing parts to arrive.
Plan to add the two earlier completed officers to this unit, as well as adding a standard. This will make it a 12-man unit. The army is now close to 2,000 points, with enough remaining points for another unit of either armored infantry or light cavalry. Perry currently doesn't make cavalry without armor, so this second option may need to wait.
As there are only a few references for Choson Korean cavalry, I took some liberty with the color scheme. Basically gave their armored coats subdued colors and gave some color splash with the horse furniture.
The flail staffs were red according to Turnbull's sources. Also according to Turnbull, Korean cavalry seems to have only appeared in any numbers at the Battle of Chungju. They were decimated by Japanese arquebuses at this battle and not much more is mentioned of their use thereafter.

All of them were block painted with rider and horse as single units and given a Minwax Tudor Satin stain. After a finish of Testors Dullcote some highlighting was added to some of the coats and clothing, as well as the horse furniture. Anyway, I'm happy with the way they turned out and I continued to rely heavily on Minwax to get me through this project.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Perry Choson Korean Cav - WIP

These are from the two-handed swordsmen set - after a wash of Minwax Tudor Satin stain and still needing a shot of Testors Dullcote. Prior to moving on, I wanted to show the effectiveness of the staining process; particularly the black-lining and shading.
This set is unusual in that the riders and mounts are cast as single units. I normally paint the riders and horses separately, so this was a sort of experiment. I sprayed them with a white undercoat and then block-painted them before the Minwax stain. They're missing their bows and quivers - they were missing from the order, but are being sent.
Admittedly, they look pretty rough prior to the staining. After Dullcoting them, some highlighting can be added. They didn't come out too bad, so now I plan to paint the other cavalry as single models - although the spearmen and bowmen are separately cast. I wonder why the Perrys made this set as one-piece figures.

On the gaming front, I was able to get in a trial game of SAGA this past weekend thanks to several of my gaming buddies who supplied the figures and coached the rules. I am intrigued by the battle board concept and the assignment of die towards it. The fast-play and relatively small number of figures needed is something that makes me want to get back into gaming.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Perry Choson Korean Mounted Commanders

Here are the remaining two commanders from the three-figure set. Again, I'm not sure who is supposed to be who, but the Perrys list the set as containing Kwon Yul, Cho Hon and Yi Pok-nam. Earlier I painted one up as Kwon Yul to be the Army General. These two will be part of the heavy cavalry unit - as a noble and the unit leader.
The armor is similar to what the Chinese wore - heavy coats with either scale or brigandine reinforcements. The helmets are also similar to Chinese ones - iron bowls with hanging neck protection. Much more standardized than what the samurai wore during the same period - particularly the elaborate helmet crests that some samurai added for personal recognition.
The Korean gear looks like it would be more functional for cavalry; the heavy, long coat-like armor would seem to limit movement for infantry.
The poses allow for good ranking up in formation.
Still waiting on an order of Perry Choson cavarly - I ordered a set each of the archers, pole-armed and two-handed swordmen. It would be nice if the Perrys made a set of unarmored archers too - in the white and black costumes with hats.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Perry Choson Korean Mounted Commanders - WIP

Need to add their bows/quivers to them, as well as their mounts, but wanted to post some WIP photos. These two are from the same set as the earlier Kwon Yul figure.
The set of commanders are supposed to represent Kwon Yul, Cho Hon and Yi Pok-Nam - three of the more celebrated and successful Korean commanders during the Imjin War. Other than the way they are listed and arranged in the Perry website photo - there really isn't anything indicating who is who. All of their armor is very similar, as well as the facial features.
The guy above has a golden fan which could be the one that belonged to Kurushima Michiyuki and lost , along with his head, at the Battle of Dangpo.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Perry Choson Korean Hwacha (MLRS)

The two rocket artillery pieces for Changun's army based. The figures themselves are on metal washers and can be removed from magnetic topped stands as casualties if needed.
Here are the stats for Korean rocket artillery from the Imjin War WAB list posted on the WAB Forum: "A rocket launcher has a range of 30”. When successful in To Hit, the RL inflicts 2D6 S4 Hits on the target unit at short range and S3 at long range. A RL requires at least 2 crewmen to move or fire every turn, but may not Move and Fire in the same turn. When down to 1 crewman, it may only fire every second turn."

The longer and shorter arrows are only aesthetically different for the rules. I will have to do some research to see how they differed in actual battle.
Historically hwacha were used mainly for defense, like at the Siege of Haengju, but I don't see why they can't be used offensively in games.
Here is a period drawing showing a pole used to elevate the firing platform.
However, some sources say they were fired at a 45 degree angle for better range. The Perry kits comes with such a pole, but I chose not to use them.
I'm waiting for some Perry cavalry to add to this army. They are all in armor and Perry doesn't make any unarmored cavalry. I'd like to have a unit of mounted archers that are unarmored. I think Scheltrum makes some, but I don't think they'd mix well with the Perry figures.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Perry Choson Korean Officers

These will be commanders for the two hwacha units. The governor of Pusan, Chong Pal, was known to have worn a set of black armor when the Japanese attacked the port. He is said to have fought bravely before being killed by arquebuse fire
Choson Korean armor seems to have been worn mainly by commanders, and appears to be more cumbersome than what the Japanese wore.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Perry Choson Korean Hwacha and Singijeon - WIP

Here is the artillery for Changun's army. Still need to add a commander to each unit, as well as basing the artillery pieces. They are basically the same type of multiple-launch arrow machines called hwacha. The arrows are called singijeon and were an early form of rockets in that they were ignited when launched.
The musician is a spare from a command set, but he could be giving the signal to fire.
The figures and the artillery pieces were block painted and given a wash of Minwax Tudor Satin stain prior to a finish of Dullcote.
The carriage is the same for both types, only the top portion and arrows are different.
Here is a link to a Myth Busters episode on the hwacha. Also, more on fused rocketry from an old History Channel segment.