My fourth complete DBA army, these figs were purchased from the raw 50 fig packs of Old Glory miniatures for a for-fun sorta tournament at Fallcon this year (2008). I put these together pretty quickly to make it on time, so they don't necessarily have all the detail I would have liked to put on. Still, I think they look pretty good, so I won't complain too much :)
Composition wise, this is an interesting army. The mix of blade, warband, and cavalry make for a very solid army indeed! There is even a single unit of spear in case the army meets and army of knights!
The Samurai! In all their glory, here they are. Aside from those mounted elements, it is really hard to tell all the elements in this army apart! I guess that's what happens when uniforms become... well... uniform! It's the point I guess!
The general there in the middle of this element is the only fig in the army with and extra colour. I figured either blue or green would work best, but in the interests of avoiding the christmas look, I went with blue. I also added some yellow to the armour. and painted the face mask. I am happy with it. I put the extra flag on there as well just so I could easily tell which element is the general's element. Not sure how historically accurate it is, but it works for me :)
The second cavalry unit for the Samurai. Some nice figs here, particularly the horses. All of the horses on this element in the bent down and running pose, while two are exact. it was the switch with the previous element that caused this, but in the end I like the look of it. It gives the element movement...
The fifth and final element of samurai for my Post-Mongol B samurai DBA army... The first two elements went together kinda slowly, but thanks to the standard armour of the late samurai, I was able to whip these off in short order! Like the monks, it is hard to tell these samurai elements apart... But at least the samurai all have different mon (the flag design). The army is done now, all that's left is a camp!
Later Samurai, the sashimono really make these figs I think! I replaced the original flimsy lead pole with a paperclip, making these much sturdier. The Naganata on the left has a new pole/shaft and the blade has been replaced with a plastic blade. I went for simple but realistic mon designs on the sashimonos, but they work well.
The Naganata on these figs have been converted with paper-clip shafts and plastic blades. Originally the figs had spears. Again, I went for simple but realistic mon designs on the sashimonos, but they work well.
With this element and the next element of monks, I picked figs with more robes and less armour where I could. Gives them a more monkish look I think. Overall though, I find it hard to tell the monk units apart!
Warrior monks were a large part of the samurai era in Japan. Different monasteries battled for control of parts of Japan in similar to churches in Europe; so basically a few wealthy, elite types used monks and religion to gain land and more wealth ;) Anyway, these guys were touted as being elite warriors, truth is some were and some weren't. Thus, their overall effect is a fanatic blade weilding mass of warband types! As far as the figs go, I like them. Because of the compressed schedule, they aren't all that diverse, but the varied clothing on them works I think. The element does give that fanatic blade weilding sorta feel!
If you are having trouble telling this element apart from te other warband elements in this army, don't worry, so am I ;) Warrior monks were pretty well armed and armoured during this period. Also, they were pretty similarly armed as well.
These are the ashigaru, or basic footsoldiers during the samurai period. I modelled these ones after very late ashigaru, and thus they don't have the conical helmets anymore. The spears are very large, mostly to help them stand out from the rest of the army... But even so, they don't really! Oh well :)
So, I did a camp for this army, and now it is completely ready! Thankfully, camps for Samurai are pretty simple because they are quite well defined :) I went with my favourite of all the mon in my army, which doesn't happen to be the general's mon :)