Monday, April 21, 2014

Litko Re-basing - Early Samurai

In a continuing effort to organize figures for easier handling, both in gaming and also storage, I used up some leftover 50mm round bases from Litko. I had just enough to re-base the mostly The Assault Group (T.A.G.) Early Samurai cavalry I've had for several years. The lone monk is a Kingsford from their excellent line. These had been gamed many times as singles in WAB and modified-WAB games in the past. As this period suits smaller scale skirmish best, I wanted them based for ease of play in this respect. Having two per round base seemed like a good enough idea. So, here they are in a few gratuitous photos.
Besides static grass, Army Painter grass tufts and flowers have been added to the bases to jazz them up a bit.
The large banner is based upon one supposedly associated with Minamoto Yoshitsune - the hero from the Gempei Wars of the late 12th Century. The large white horo has markings from the Minamoto clan - the horo was scratch-built using Green Stuff.
They were painted several years ago - when I used to paint eyes - which nowadays are reserved for character figures only.
The rear shot above shows off the various lacing patterns on the o-yoroi - or great armor of the period. There isn't evidence that the patterns were anything like European heraldry, and more on the whim of the wearer.

Below is yet another gratuitous image - this time with the foot troops - on Litko skirmish trays; both samurai and chugen (pre-Ashigaru types). They are a mixture of T.A.G., Kingsford and Curteys; which mix well together. I feel fortunate to have not only met Mike Curtis of Curteys, but actually played against him at a WAB tournament last year.The figures are on a GW board with skulls which do not look inappropriate. If I were still into this period, I would've liked to have added some West Wind figures from their nice range also.

Cheers!

19 comments:

  1. Truly amazing detail on the armor. What a beautiful collection!

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  2. Looking great!

    I am amazed at how well the TAG mix in... I would have imagined their style would hardly fit the others!

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    1. Thanks, Burkhard - from the images on the West Wind site, I think some of their figures, particularly the foot troops, would also fit in well.

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  3. Magnificent, very good colors and these battle scene ... njam ..

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  4. Hi Dean that is 1 stunning collection. Fine rebasing to!!!!
    Cheers
    Paul

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  5. Lovely looking collection you have there Dean!

    Christopher

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  6. Thank you all very much for the kind words! Warm regards, Dean

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  7. Very nice work. If you were still into the period, I recommend Ronin, very fun skirmish game from Osprey.

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  8. Thanks, yes, I've seen posts on that. I'm thinking it might work for an earlier period I would like to try out - Heian period stuff.

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  9. I love all of your stuff Dean, but this just shines! All this color and detail work is breathtaking.

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    1. Thank you very much Monty. I really enjoyed painting these fine sculpts up a few years ago. I'm not sure if I could put as much effort into my painting these days. I've gotten a bit lazy over the years :) Best, Dean

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  10. Fine work Dean, most certainly a colourful period. What sort of rules do you anticipate using for them now?

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    1. Thanks, Scott. They could still be used with WAB or other skirmish rules (Ronin?) as the infantry are still singles, just in movement trays. The cav could use casualty counters - which I have plenty of from Litko (the small white skulls), and worked great with the Siege of Haengju game. Best, Dean

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  11. The combined bases look great.

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