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Manda’s (Amachan) Samurai Warband

Manda’s (Amachan) Samurai Warband

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About the Project

My Samurai warband for games like SAGA: Age of Magic, Warlords of Erehwon and maybe others in the future. This project started off as a Test of Honour project, but since I have no one to play Test of Honour with, I'm repurposing this project and turning them into a warband for SAGA: Age of Magic and maybe Warlords of Erehwon in the future.

This Project is Completed

Complete

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This is my whole speed painted Samurai warband now completely finished.

Complete

Additional Ashigaru

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These are my 2 banner bearers, 2 kashira (officers), 1 musician and 1 armour carrier for my Samurai warband.

Additional Ashigaru

Additional Ashigaru Progress Update 3

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I got the last 3 Ashigaru ready for basing.

Additional Ashigaru Progress Update 3

Additional Ashigaru Progress Update 2

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I made a start on my last 3 Ashigaru tonight.

Additional Ashigaru Progress Update 2

Additional Ashigaru Progress Update 1

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I got 2 Ashigaru Kashira (Officer) and 1 Ashigaru Musician ready for basing tonight.

Additional Ashigaru Progress Update 1

Yari Ashigaru

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These are my 12 Yari Ashigaru ready for battle.

Yari Ashigaru

Yari Ashigaru Progress Update 5

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I got the last 3 Yari Ashigaru ready for basing.

Yari Ashigaru Progress Update 5

Yari Ashigaru Progress Update 4

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This morning I got these 3 Yari Ashigaru ready for basing.

Yari Ashigaru Progress Update 4

Yari Ashigaru Progress Update 3

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I made a start on 3 more Yari Ashigaru today.

Yari Ashigaru Progress Update 3

Teppou Ashigaru

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These are my 6 Teppou Ashigaru ready for battle.

Teppou Ashigaru

Yari Ashigaru Progress Update 2

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And I got 3 more Yari Ashigaru ready for basing today.

Yari Ashigaru Progress Update 2

Yari Ashigaru Progress Update 1

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So I made a start on my Yari Ashigaru and got these 3 ready for basing already.

Yari Ashigaru Progress Update 1

Teppou Ashigaru Progress Update 4

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I got these 3 Teppou Ashigaru ready for basing when they’re dry.

Teppou Ashigaru Progress Update 4

Teppou Ashigaru Progress Update 3

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I made a little more progress on these 3 Teppou Ashigaru.

Teppou Ashigaru Progress Update 3

Teppou Ashigaru Progress Update 2

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I made a start on 3 more Teppou Ashigaru.

Teppou Ashigaru Progress Update 2

Teppou Ashigaru Progress Update 1

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That is 3 Teppou Ashigaru ready for basing when dry.

Teppou Ashigaru Progress Update 1

The Yumi Ashigaru are finished

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All 6 Yumi Ashigaru are finished and they have obviously stopped by their local Red Rocket Truck Stop because I don’t have any fantasy scenery yet.

The Yumi Ashigaru are finished

Yumi Ashigaru Progress Update 3

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3 more Yumi Ashigaru drying and waiting to get their bases done.

Yumi Ashigaru Progress Update 3

Yumi Ashigaru Progress Update 2

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More progress on these 3 Yumi Ashigaru, just waiting until things dry and then it’s just basing and varnishes left.

Yumi Ashigaru Progress Update 2

All of the samurai are finished!!!

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All the plastic samurai are finished. These are from the Test of Honour plastic starter set originally produced by Warlord Games.

All of the samurai are finished!!!

This unarmoured samurai which was released as a pre-order/launchday order exclusive for the original Test of Honour starter set produced by Warlord Games is now finished.

Yumi Ashigaru Progress Update 1

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I made a start on 3 Yumi Ashigaru.

Yumi Ashigaru Progress Update 1

Samurai Progress Update 5

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I made more progress on these 3 samurai from the Test of Honour starter set originally produced by Warlord Games, just a varnish & some finishing touches left.

Samurai Progress Update 5

Samurai Progress Update 4

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I made more progress on these 3 samurai from the Test of Honour starter set originally produced by Warlord Games.

Samurai Progress Update 4

Samurai Progress Update 3

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I made a start on 3 more samurai from the Test of Honour starter set originally produced by Warlord Games. I have decided to leave the other 3 where they are as I think they’re fine for tabletop and I don’t want to repaint faces hundreds of times to get them perfect.

Samurai Progress Update 3

Samurai Progress Update 2

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I made more progress on some of the samurai from the Test of Honour plastic starter set originally produced by Warlord Games. I’m really not happy with their faces and not sure what to do to fix it. The sculpts aren’t that good in my opinion.

Samurai Progress Update 2

Samurai Progress update 1

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I made a start on some of the samurai from the Test of Honour plastic starter set originally produced by Warlord Games.

Samurai Progress update 1

Paint Scheme

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Armour

The base colour for the armour plates will be Vallejo Model Color Black Grey (70.862) where the lacing on the armour (where visible) will be for the majority Vallejo Model Color Deep Green (70.970) with some accents of Vallejo Model Color Vermillion (70.909) on the Samurai to make them stand out a bit. Any decorative bits will be painted with Vallejo Game Color Polished Gold (72.055). The armour has all been issued by their lord so should look similar between models. I will not add any iconography to the armour, this is a personal choice.

Fabrics

For the Sashimomo (banner/flag) I’m going to use Vallejo Model Color Golden Olive (70.857) for the main bit and Vallejo Model Air White Grey (71.119) for the bits attaching it to the wooden frame. I will not add any iconography to the Sashimomo, this is a personal choice.

For the fabrics the Ashigaru are wearing I will use the following chart and roll a D10 for the upper and lower clothes. So they will all look unique since they didn’t particularly have uniforms. For the Samurai I will hand pick the colours I want and they may not necessarily from this chart.

  1. Vallejo Model Color Golden Olive (70.857)
  2. Vallejo Model Color Pale Blue (70.906)
  3. Vallejo Panzer Aces Light Mud (70.315)
  4. Vallejo Model Color Medium Sea Grey (70.870)
  5. Vallejo Model Color Beige (70.917)
  6. Vallejo Game Color Goblin Green (72.030)
  7. Vallejo Model Color Desert Yellow (70.977)
  8. Vallejo Model Color Azure (70.902)
  9. Vallejo Game Color Beasty Brown (72.043)
  10. Vallejo Model Air USN Sea Blue (71.295)

For the Hachimaki (headband), Uwa-obi (sash/belt) and the white cloth hanging from the Jingasa (hat/light helmet) will be painted with Vallejo Model Air White Grey (71.119)

The Tabi (socks) I will paint with Vallejo Model Air Aged White (71.132) and the Waraji (sandals) with Vallejo Panzer Aces Old Wood (70.310).

Weapons

For the metal bits on the weapons I will use a base coat of Vallejo Metal Color Burnt Iron (77.721) with a drybrush of Vallejo Model Air Steel (71.065). Any decorative bits will be painted with Vallejo Game Color Polished Gold (72.055).

The main body for the Yumi (bow) is lacquered wood and I will paint it Vallejo Model Color Black Grey (70.862) and the binding or straw bits on it will be painted Vallejo Panzer Aces Old Wood (70.310).

For the rest of the lacquered wood I will use a combination of Vallejo Model Color Black Grey (70.862) & Vallejo Model Color Flat Red (70.957) in different situations to add some variety.

Non-lacquered wood I will paint with Vallejo Model Color Mahogany Brown (70.846).

For the grips of the Katana (and all other bladed weapons with a similar grip) I will again use a random table, this time based on a D6. For the Samurai I may hand pick the colours like I would with the fabrics.

  1. Vallejo Model Color Deep Green (70.970)
  2. Vallejo Model Color Vermillion (70.909)
  3. Vallejo Model Color Dark Blue (70.930)
  4. Vallejo Model Color Black Grey (70.862)
  5. Vallejo Model Color Sand Yellow (70.916)
  6. Vallejo Model Color Golden Olive (70.857)

 

Basing

For the basing I will use a base coat of Vallejo Panzer Aces Dark Mud (70.316) and than add a coat of Vallejo Earth Texture Dark Earth (26.218) on the top. While this last coat is still wet I add a couple of tufts, maybe a log or a rock and then lightly sprinkle some static grass over it. This will make a bit of a worn summer/spring like battlefield look.

Sources

My sources for this colour scheme is a combination of the Ashigaru 1467-1649 book from Osprey Publishing and some screenshots for the Shimazu clan from Total War: Shogun 2 with the Alternative Clan Colours mod installed. Links in the list to the mod and the book below. And further down are the screenshots I used for reference.

A change of plans.

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Since I have this set for Test of Honour and until now have still not played the game and have absolutely no one to play with I’m repurposing the starter box for Warlords of Erehwon. I may still be able to use it for Test of Honour, but I’m not focussing on it any more.

So the biggest change is that I’m painting them all as one clan instead of two. This allows me to use it as a warband that looks like they belong together. The clan I’ve chosen is the Shimazu clan to base things off. I will not add any iconography so it will not be bound to being that clan, it’s just the inspiration for the colours. A plan with a colour scheme and what colours I will use will follow shortly.

All Assembled

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I have the whole starter set built finally. These are them split in the two clans I will be painting them as. The project will now be on hold until I get to painting them, which will most likely be this year and then I will start with each clan and then take a break before I do the second.

Shimazu ClanShimazu Clan
Takeda ClanTakeda Clan

Hobby Night Live

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The last 8 ashigaru.The last 8 ashigaru.

During the Hobby Night Live of the 6th of July I got the last 8 models for my Test of Honour starter pack finally built. I was struggling a little bit with finding poses I haven’t used at the end, but they cam together. I have to say that these miniatures are by far not the easiest to assemble.

Single images posted in the Hobby Night Live forum topic:

More Ashigaru.

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I build a couple more ashigaru last night. Most of them are in quite relaxed poses.

More Ashigaru.

Multi-model Bases.

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I painted and then simply glued some grass on to the 3 model bases for Test of Honour.

Multi-model Bases.

A couple more ashigaru.

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I got some more ashigaru build for Test of Honour. I got some more ashigaru build for Test of Honour.

Up until now.

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I pre-ordered this game or got it directly at launch, which by now has been some time ago. I really didn’t enjoy building these miniatures and thus it was laid to the side. I have every now and then slowly been trying to work on it, but not really motivated to do so.

What I have done up until today.What I have done up until today.

So now I started to do some more work on this game again and managed to build 7 more miniatures for this game today.

What I've done today.What I've done today.

Slowly but surely I’m going to put a bit more focus on building these. However, other projects have priority over this. Since I’m slowly running out of miniatures to paint, building these will help me to keep busy and painting.

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