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August 4, 2011 by beerogre
Check out the latest in stealth ninja antics from the guys at GCT Studios.
This is their soon to be released ninja mode… Bikou.
Unique look, the chain looks a bit thick, but other than that its nice.
i like the look, but i would have to put something pointy on the end of the chain.
I think you can see the detail better on the unpainted one that was shown recently.
The chain isn’t to my taste either, which is a shame cos it’s a lovely model otherwise. Chains are always a pain to cast. I might have an experiment and see if I can make a fine jewellery chain look right. Real chains are often too detailed and look odd on models. It’s hard to find a real chain that looks right. It can be done though.
@frozenpyro71 in her left hand she is holding the sickle that’s attached to one end of the chain. Pointy enough?
ahh i missed that detail. Yep that looks pretty pointy to me
The Japanese have a whole family of chain weapons, but nearly all of them have something pointy on one or both ends. I think this one’s called a kusari-gama (but I could be wrong)
Has anyone tried superglue on a real (jewelry) chain to “fix” (freeze) it in place?
I have, yes, and it works sometimes. Often it stays for a while and then bits start to sag as it gets handled and the tiny points of contact for the superglue fail on part of the chain. It can be repaired though as the chain doesn’t usually break, just hang wrong.
Another thing I’ve tried is threading a thin wire through the chain, and that worked too though it didn’t look quite as good. The real challenge is to get a chain that looks right in the first place.
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Looking at this would be fantastic to see a Dynasty/Samurai Warriors miniatures game wouldn’t it?
Yes Jake, it is indeed a Kusarigama, the Sickle (called a Kama) with an Iron chain ( Kusari ) and a steel Weight ( Fundo) on the other end. Designed to allow someone to disarm and kill a sword welding opponent, it was made from common agricultural tools.
Thanks @renevent. Whirl the chain round your head and smack the samurai with the weight – ignoring the armour. Then stab him while he’s dazed. It’s one of the weapons that the peasant’s developed after the “sword hunt” I believe, when the peasants were forbidden from owning swords. Hence this and other weapons based on normal tools they would be allowed to own, like the tonfa, etc (and a focus on unarmed combat techniques).
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