Wednesday, 7 September 2016

"Katana Rampant"

Here I am starting yet another collection/project/army(ies).
In my defence,  I had this one purchased a long time ago.   But it was sadly left in dark boxes until, yet again, the rules "Lion Rampant" come to the rescue to save yet another of my collections from neglect.

Kingsford Miniatures is a local wargamer who produces a very nice range of 28mm Samurai of the popular 1550-1615 period.  I did not appreciate the nice sculpting and quality casting - lack of heavy mold lines or flash - until I started painting them..... I am trying to find my old form to give them credit.  Unfortunately I am up to 3.0 Readers now.

I guess my interest in the period is due to early watchings of 'Ran' and 'Shogun'.  Originally I thought to use DBA but no one around here games with these rules, so I bought enough for both sides.  At the time "Mr. Kingsford" had me paint up some cavalry so he could photo them for his website.  When returned they sat in the box and every few months I would think to do the rest of the army, but.....

With my enthusiasm for LR, I re-examined my collection, and discovered that I had enough to do two "retinues".  Excellent!!   Not only could I form two "armies" , but my original purchasing is pleasantly perfect for the LR organization.  For example,  I bought both the ashigaru 'at ease' and 'fighting, and some 'fighting' samurai.  I can throw in a couple of the extra samurai into the ashigaru unit to bulk up the numbers and to add yet more diversity and enough for one retinue. For the other, the 'at ease' boys were a bit static - not much wrong with that with such a position of course - but rather bland for a skirmishy game.  However, LR does have the "mixed-arm" classification which allows for both missile and combat types in the same unit, which allows me to add some archers to diversify the look to a large degree and, perhaps, is even better historically in terms of tactical deployment. Thus I have two rather different but even dispositions.   And just enough poses for all.  Very convenient.  Do you get as spiritual when things come together this well?

My clan/retinue so far.  I will probably switch to white sashimono (the small flags) for the other units.
The archers let loose while the spearmen wait.
The lone archer denotes the leader - should I need him - but also gives me the option of giving these mounted samurai bow fire should I want to.  



8 comments:

  1. I went the same direction with my collection. I tried using Ronin and Saga, but found that LR is ideal for this level of gaming. Good looking figures.

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    1. Obviously I have different approaches to all my wargame periods but have little interest in true skirmish but this offers me skirmish-y action with the feel of a large engagement
      Yes, the Kingsford minis are nice.
      cheers

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  2. Beautiful work! I had a similar experience looking at doing LR with 1/72 plastic figures. Counted out the figures in two boxes of Hundred Years War English and calculated two retinues that left me with about three figures left over. It's a great feeling.

    I'm curious about the basing - it looks like your infantry are based in two groups of four, and two groups of two? I'm curious why that arrangement instead of three groups of four or individual basing. Thanks!

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    1. Actually the basing is one group of 4, one group of 3, another of 2 and three individuals (including an archer) to make up 12 in total. In this way you can make any numbers of 'casualties' but only need to move half the number of stands than if individually mounted.
      You might also notice that none are the same size or even shape. This does not allow the player to nicely rank his figures thus it looks like a small mass of men in loose order. I have seen rank upon regular lines of Dervish, for example, on the table and it looks ridiculous.
      YMMV.
      Thanks for the kind comment
      cheers

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    2. I can definitely agree to the ridiculousness of dervishes in regular lines! Very clever way of doing things - lets you do more with each base visually as well in terms of rocks, grasses etc than you'd get with individual basing.

      Beautiful work for sure - makes me want to start collecting some Samurai.

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  3. Great idea for LR and a new fun period. Funny, I was half expecting your post today to be about Borodino.

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    1. it's the butterfly in me. Always flitting about with new projects.
      take care.
      DougH

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  4. Ooooo...Pretty! Really nice work, Doug! I'm going to have to check out this Lion Rampant/Dragon Rampant rule set...seems like everybody's playing it but me.

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