Thursday, 31 January 2019

Sengoku battle

Fictional Battle of Zenrokkumura

Oh, this is but one of the multitude of minor squabbles occurring during the Sengoku period of Japanese history - the time of the classic Samurai we all know and game.

Having no idea who will show at host’s Francis’ place, the scenario has to be, well, ‘loose’ to allow for various number of players.  I deployed a triad of forces, with small one in the village to protect the sacred ‘Zen White Stone’ , the other equally matched forces on each side.
The village defended by the Oyamada.  The Zen white rock with stool in the center. Peasants to the left, Samurai at lower right.  

Being a Lion Rampant game, it is hard to describe the action but the Okurdaira and the Takeda aimed for each other while controlling the Oyamada protecting the village I sought to stay out of the fight only entering once one side was weakened thus being on the winning end ( much like Stanley at Bosworth Field )
The mass of Takeda early in the game.  I ignore the 3" rule....obviously.

But like any plan, it went for nought, as while Rene left my Samurai alone as he moved against DaveS’ and Kev’s red and white flagged Okurdaira,  his compatriot Francis promptly charged my Oyamada samurai and lost the combat.  “They are samurai?!” Francis exclaimed in his defence,  “I thought they were peasants. Aren’t peasants easy to kill?”
The Takeda mounted Samurai (Kingsford Miniatures)
Okudaira army advances ( the red/white sashimono was a common theme for several clans it would appear)

However with that, I decided to help the Okurdaira but as I came out of the village DaveS and his Okurdaira teppo (handgunners) then shot at me “They were the nearest and best target!” he would say.  You do get the idea that these players do not care a wit about strategy and just want “to throw dice and kill things”

I retreated but to the village to let them sort it out, which, after quite the bloodbath, the Takeda with their black flags, won the attrition battle.



7 comments:

  1. Very nice figures and table Doug! And yes, the best laid plans never ever go as expected (sigh!).

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    1. Your 'sigh' is appropriate certainly in this case as nods were seen being made by all to one players comment of " so the scenario is to kill sh!t..." And of course the hard to make courage tests were made so that the "killing" could continue.......

      Thanks for the note!

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  2. Excellent, fun gaming, Doug. Those Kingsford figures are superb.

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    1. Yes, other than the peasants which are Perrys, my collection is wholly Kingsford figures. They are nice to paint (well, for Japanese armour and all that! )

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  3. Very nice, love these awesome Takeda mounted Samurai troops!

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    1. They are nice. The sculptor has them riding the slightly small horses of the era which actually helps with the look.

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  4. Beautiful looking table and figures Doug - I know nothing about Japanese history prior to the mid 20th century apart from the fact they smashed the Russians in 1904 and were involved in the Russian Civil War! But everyone knows about Samurais and they look pretty cool!

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