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    Arduhn carves out an empire in Nippon.

    Welcome to my samurai plog. It started off with the intention of making a Warhammer Empire army using samurai models. I've since branched off into different games. Check the latest posts to find out more.

    Here's a list of 25-32mm samurai model companies:

    West Wind
    These are fairly nice, for the most part. They are older style Samurai, Genpei or Mongol Invasion era. They are not as good quality sculpts as perry's, but they're not bad.

    Perry Miniatures
    The best 28mm Samurai I have come across. The whole range is good. They are realistic, well-proportioned, and consistant in quality and scale. Sengoku period.

    Kingsford Miniatures
    They look fairly nice, but so far I haven't bought any. They do have some models that Perry doesn't produce, and they are really nice models too. I think the horses are kinda bad though. Sengoku Period.

    Hasslefree Miniatures
    They have a few martial arts miniatures. The sculpt quality is good, and they scale well with Perrys.

    The Assault Group
    I haven't picked any of these ones up yet, but they look decent. The quality is a bit variable from what I can tell. They are older period, like West Wind. From what I've seen of painted ones, the non painted pictures let them down. I'll probably pick some up at some point to check them out. It's also worth noting that TAG has a wide range of other Asian miniatures - from Chinese of various dynasties, to Mongols.

    Eureka Miniatures
    These are of variable quality. I don't have any, so I can't say much about them.

    Okko
    Some good hero models. Some have a distinct anime style. A little more fantasy than historical, but well sculpted, and similar scale to Perrys. The line is out of production, so you will have to look at eBay and the like.

    Old Glory
    A little smaller at 25mm. Some are kind of cool, but the quality seems to vary. Very cheap, but I'll probably skip them.

    Curtey's Miniatures
    I would have considered these until I found west wind and the assault group. They're not bad, it's just that west wind and AG are the same style, and better sculpts. They also have a variety of other Asian miniatures.

    John Jenkins Designs
    some sweet scenery! Expensive though.

    Wargames Factory
    These are fairly decent. They are inexpensive, and a great way to bulk out the army. They are also plastic, which makes conversions a possibility. Unfortunately these are temporarily out of production, as the company has been sold to warlord games.
    Sengoku era

    Zenit Kensai
    Nice models, but too expensive to make a unit, in my opinion. The characters are nice though.

    Plastcraft Fukei
    Basic scenery. Cheap, but not bad. More here

    Andrea Miniatures
    Great characters that will really stand out from the rank and file. Bigger than Perrys, and the swords are extremely flimsy. Also quite pricey, but nice models.

    Steel Fist
    These should fit in nicely with the perry minis. They are a bit more expensive, and the range is limited right now, but it gives some variety for character models.

    Bushido
    Decent character models. A bit on the fantasy side.

    Clan War
    Clan war has been reissued! Some cool characters, and good models for wizards if you need them. The scale is a bit inconsistent, as is the quality, and they are a bit on the expensive side.

    Veni Vidi Vici
    transfers for your sashimono

    I was going to add more, but then I found this:
    http://www.randomplatypus.com/forum/...php?f=27&t=552
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    And some late war Germans for Flames of War

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    Re: Arduhn carves out an empire in Nippon.

    Good luck to you and I wish you the best!!!



    Thanks for posting this thread!

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    I will post some bigger pics ASAP. These were just taken with my iPhone, but when I have a bit more progress done, I'll pull out the removable lens camera and the light box, etc.

    I made some progress on the Ikko-ikki. They are all primed and I went over them with black paint to catch the spots the primer missed. Today I'll start painting in earnest.

    In the meantime, here's a link so you can see the Okko minis better. http://www.fantization.com/okkominia...byasmodee.aspx
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    And some late war Germans for Flames of War

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    Re: Arduhn carves out an empire in Nippon.

    Nice, a Nipponese log! We're awaiting painted miniatures.

    Will you do some Japanese mythological monsters to accompany the army (as rank fillers, Storm of Magic monsters or the like)? In case you later on do, here's some links that might be of interest:

    Wiki-list: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...res_from_Japan
    Kappa: http://turning-iwatean.blogspot.com/...creatures.html
    Tengu: http://turning-iwatean.blogspot.com/...atures_26.html
    Itsumaden : http://www.obakemono.com/obake/itsumaden/
    Isonade: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isonade
    Gashadokuro (more interesting to Vampire Counts, however): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gashadokuro

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    Re: Arduhn carves out an empire in Nippon.

    Very cool links, thanks for that Karak! I'm not sure whether I will include any fantasy elements in the list, I think I might want to stick to historical stuff, but if I change my mind, those links will be quite useful.
    Long Live Leitdorf!

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    And some late war Germans for Flames of War

    And Dark Eldar

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    Re: Arduhn carves out an empire in Nippon.

    Awesome! Glad to have you back with us. The army looks like it's off to a wonderful start.

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    Re: Arduhn carves out an empire in Nippon.

    Hey guys, I'm painting away here, but there's one thing I'm not sure about - the bases. Any suggestions for how to do them? I could just do the usual, sand, a bit of grass, done. However, I think I want to do something a bit different, I'm just not sure what. Another thing I need to consider is that the models are on little ovals, which I glue directly to the base, so there's a raised platform that they all stand on.

    Any suggestions would be most welcome.
    Long Live Leitdorf!

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    And some late war Germans for Flames of War

    And Dark Eldar

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    Re: Arduhn carves out an empire in Nippon.

    Hehe, true. I might just go with sand and grass in the end. The ideas I had in mind were cobblestone/road, or a rice paddy field, but I'm not sure how I would do the latter. I also considered doing something with snow.
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    Re: Arduhn carves out an empire in Nippon.

    Great idea for an army! Cant wait to see how you paint them.

    Regarding your bases, how about some pebbles like you see in Japanese water features?

    There are some ideas in this link.

    http://www.cornishlime.co.uk/stores/...p?cat=8&sub=96

    I had some modeling sand years ago but it was more like small stones. I didn't like it as it was not the effect I was after but it did remind me of pebbles here is a pic. If you want some im sure I have a bag of it somewhere.

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    Re: Arduhn carves out an empire in Nippon.

    Hmm, that could be cool if I mixed it with water effects. I'm still not sure though. In the end I might just go with the usual and do something cool for a display board. I was thinking I would follow liljonas' lead and do an encampment.
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    Re: Arduhn carves out an empire in Nippon.

    Perhaps cherry blossoms falling on the snow:

    http://pic40.picturetrail.com/VOL269.../277869682.jpg
    http://pic40.picturetrail.com/VOL269.../277869676.jpg
    http://www.gloucestercitynews.net/.a...b117970c-320wi
    http://www.kellysartandframe.com/ima...Blossom595.gif

    Classic stuff. I know there's at least one company that makes cherry blossoms- I'll have to do some research.

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    Re: Arduhn carves out an empire in Nippon.

    Thanks for the idea and links Dan. I'm not sure how I would do cherry blossoms, but it's a neat idea, and I think I will look into it, whether I do snow or something else.

    I just sent off an order to West Wind for a few bits and bobs to fill in gaps with stuff that Perry Miniatures doesn't have. I picked up a mounted command, a samurai foot command, some Katana Samurai for variety, and Fujiwara, cause he looks cool.

    I still need to order the bulk of the stuff from Perry, but I'm waiting to see if I get a store account. I'll probably do an order Monday, either way.

    Anyways, looking around on some sites, I decided I would make a list of 25-28 mm Samurai models, with links, and some comments on the original post.
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    Picked up a couple of things from The Sentry Box in Calgary.





    Now that is a Wizard Lord!
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    Re: Arduhn carves out an empire in Nippon.

    Looks good to me- can we get close ups on some of those miniatures? I'm not familiar with any of those model ranges.

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    Ok
    Ral Partha undead warriors (for a friend's mordheim warband). Ral Partha no longer exists unfortunately.

    Ral Partha masters of Kung Fu (another friend's mordheim stuff)

    Hell Dorado Immortals

    Ral Partha armoured ninjas. I'll probably use the one on the left in my ninja/huntsmen unit.
    The rest are okko (link above for pics). Pennagolan (crazy vampire thing), and Oni Bushi to go with the undead samurai, plus a geisha for me.
    Last edited by Arduhn; 25-07-2011 at 01:27.
    Long Live Leitdorf!

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    And some late war Germans for Flames of War

    And Dark Eldar

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    The hell dorado ones are kinda small. I'll post a comparison with the perrys when I'm back in Edmonton. The wizard is big enough though. He's really cool, he has a dragon.
    Long Live Leitdorf!

    Also, I have some Samurai

    And some late war Germans for Flames of War

    And Dark Eldar

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    Re: Arduhn carves out an empire in Nippon.

    One other thing you might consider looking at are the L5R Clan War minis. You can also probably find the rulebooks for rather cheap (They have some rather interesting techniques, color schemes, and terrain tutorials in them).

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    I was about to scold you for taunting me with a miniature line that is out of production, but it appears they've been reissued.

    King of the Dead: "That line is broken!"
    Aragorn: "It has been remade."

    http://www.l5r.com/news/clan-war-miniatures-re-issued/

    I'll check them out for sure!

    Edit: found this link to product
    http://www.coolminiornot.com/shop/miniatures/clan-war?p=4
    Last edited by Arduhn; 25-07-2011 at 04:43.
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    Also, I have some Samurai

    And some late war Germans for Flames of War

    And Dark Eldar

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