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tancrede
23-06-2010, 10:57
It's been a while since my last post here, but I'm always looking at your new work.
Very cool warmaster army (good work on the Tokugawa command stand).
But I hope to see more of the Perry koreans in the coming weeks, as yours are really cool !

SotF
01-07-2010, 20:52
I've been kind of wondering which ruleset you're using. Are you just using the Empire rules or are you also building it to be usable with Historicals?

As of late I've been playing some small scale games with samurai and other far eastern styles for skirmishes.

One thing you might consider getting ahold of are some of the foo lion/dog statue pairs. Tend to be easy to get in the right size to work both as terrain and for minis if you ever decide to have some mystical elements available when you go up against some armies.

juicytomatoes
02-07-2010, 01:41
Yours is a top notch thread. Your dedication to the project, visible improvement in painting, as well as your musings made this a most enjoyable thread to follow. Very inspiring. It is, for me, in many ways better than ogling at a slayer sword miniature. That has its place in the hobby world, don't get me wrong. But for the common man like me, the spirit of this thread and those like it are the meat and bones of our hobby.

Well done, and keep going! You, sir, are inspirational!

Arduhn
09-07-2010, 00:22
Nice stuff, as always. I really like those Korean models, and it's nice to see some of them painted up!

lilljonas
14-07-2010, 10:35
So I played a game of 8th ed. and I loved it. Not only do I think it is much more fun than 7th ed., it also suddenly make the army I want to field feasible. Armed with a completely new enthusiasm I put aside some 1/144 WW1 airplanes and started looking over my Nipponese army.

I already have some infantry, I don't really need any more knights, so I might as well fantasy up my army a bit and add something big and shiny. A Steam Tank perhaps? This is as far as I got today as I started to improvise with balsa wood and plasticard:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w114/lilljonas/samurai/P7140108.jpg

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w114/lilljonas/samurai/P7140109.jpg

The plan is to have a firethrower cannon like this on the top of the roof: http://www.grandhistorian.com/chinesesiegewarfare/images/flamethower3.jpg

Then I'll put some dude inside who shoots the cannon and shuffles the coal. It's really crammed together since I realized that the Steam Tank is now supposed to fit on a chariot base, which is really small. Ideally I wanted it to be much bigger and look more like a Korean turtle ship, but then I thought I'll make a smaller and correct one first and learn from that, and maybe make a bigger centerpiece monster tank later on.

mrtn: high density styrofoam is my go-to material for terrain building these days. I spent a long time trying with crappy ordinary styrofoam and couldn't ever figure out why it turned out so badly. Duh.

Toshiro: Thanks!

tancrede: I might make some Korean pistoliers later on, and there's always those new huge blocks of infantry to paint. Uff.

SotF: Yup, I use them as Empire since there's not so many people in my area who play historicals, no less in 28mm. But the force could easily be used for WAB, or even with some movement trays, Field of Glory.

And you have no idea how much I looked for small crappy tourist trap statuettes last time I was in Tokyo. To my amazement it was almost impossible to find something that fit my project! As soon as you start actively looking, they are nowhere to be found.

juicytomatoes: thanks for the kind words.

Arduhn: Perry Miniatures just released some downloadable flags for the Koreans on their homepage, I'll see if I can get two command groups finished soon. Should be nice.

LarryLimerick
14-07-2010, 18:09
Some cool ideas there, glad to see that you have this up and running again!

Dino
14-07-2010, 18:57
Now this will look really cool when it's done. Best of luck man.

Crazy Harborc
15-07-2010, 23:31
Outstanding ideas I am a thinking. Hopefully with LOTS of photos of the progress AND final results. A Nipponese Empire army with all the trimmings.;)

lilljonas
16-07-2010, 11:09
I got some feedback on the boiler tank, so I remodelled it. I also did some work on the flame-thrower tower, it's not completely straight and symmetric but it starts to look more like an ironclad now:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w114/lilljonas/samurai/P7160108.jpg

LarryLimerick: Thanks, hopefully we'll see more updates now than the last 6 months or so.

Dino: Thanks!

Crazy Harborc: Yup, I'm already pondering how to do a War Altar, a Gryphon and a Giant, but that's far into the future.

Dino
16-07-2010, 14:19
Really starting to shape up. What are some of the fun details you gonna add to it? As for war alter that shouldn't be very hard. Two horses pulling a big wagon with a priest and statue of either a dragon, tiger, or budha(sorry if the spelling is wrong), very simple. And if you want details add a one of those japanese arches and anything else that you find at a temple that could be fit onto a wagon. Giant either could be a really big oni. Guy I know made a ninja giant for his nippon themed chaos warrior army. As for the griffon your on your own for that one.

Dayspringer
16-07-2010, 16:13
Steam Tank is shaping up nicely!
I'd love to see an asian style dragon. Can Empire take dragons? Maybe you could do it smaller and use it as a gryphon

SotF
16-07-2010, 21:50
I'd gotten a few from Oriental Village (http://www.oriental-village.com/) which seems to have decent prices. I'd also grabbed a few at the local chinese restaurants as their little selection of nicknacks they sell at the counter seem to be more generic in option with a lot of Japanese options.

Some things are rather easy to make as well. I've made a few Torii using dowels and craft sticks. I'd also made a zen garden that looks pretty good.

Rice Patties are easy enough as well.

LarryLimerick
17-07-2010, 18:05
The Steam Tank is looking good, I will be looking forward to seeing the finished project!

LORD of STUFF
17-07-2010, 18:47
Fantastic work. I always wondered if you'd include a steam tank in the army and I'm really impressed. Keep up th good work man

lilljonas
26-07-2010, 11:34
I got my wheels from The Assault Group, so the building phase is soon completed. I just have to figure out how much bling I want to put on it. I also got some clockwork cogs and wheels to build machinery for the steam engine, but they all turned out to be too small for what I planned. So instead I made some kind of piston stuff on the side that I plan to paint as bamboo.

Then I added some extra protecting mantlets on the top to keep the gunner safe.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w114/lilljonas/samurai/P7260118.jpg

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w114/lilljonas/samurai/P7260119.jpg

tancrede
26-07-2010, 12:00
Very good work on this nipponese steamtank.
Now I'm wainting for the "bling", and for the painting, of course ! ^^

Dino
26-07-2010, 14:14
This is great. Know I have to make my own.

Dakkapantz
26-07-2010, 22:07
That mama jama looks awesome! I can't wait to see how you paint it!:D

Cheers

Peyton

LarryLimerick
26-07-2010, 22:28
The steam tank is looking great! Can't wait to see it all painted up!

SotF
27-07-2010, 01:40
One thing that might up the detail of the sides is to add more mantlets to provide some protection for the wheels which looks to be the most vulnerable point and it adds a bit more "tank" to the appearance while maintaining the steamship look you already have. Perhaps also a lower rim raising up around the gun as well.

Crazy Harborc
27-07-2010, 01:42
Sooo....will you be putting a logo on the center of the front end?? I do want to see the progress photos too. Great work please do keep it coming.:D

Qvistus
28-07-2010, 08:58
Cool scratchbuilding. I would love to be steamrolled by this guy! :)

lilljonas
28-07-2010, 10:34
I've been trying to get better at composition and making something more colourful, as the army is now a bit realistic, but also a bit drab. So I played around with a cool tool a friend showed me: http://colorschemedesigner.com/

One of the combinations I ended up with happened to be similar to the Empire troops painted up by Tancrede, so I thought I'd just have to give it a shot:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w114/lilljonas/samurai/P7280118.jpg

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w114/lilljonas/samurai/P7280119.jpg

I also made an effort to work harder on the blending and basing, and I think it paid off. Takes more time, but worth it.

tancrede: Thanks, I'm going to remodel the sides and the wheels, so while waiting for slightly larger wheels to arrive i'll be painting "normal" stuff instead.

Dino: I'd happily give away the blueprint if it wasn't for 90% of it being improvised as I went along. :cries:

Dakkapantz: Thanks!

LarryLimerick: Thanks, I guess it will take a few weeks of building though.

SotF: I'm totally going with this. Haven't decided what to do around the upper cannon though.

Crazy Harborc: Logo... or something bigger. :)

Qvistus: Thanks, I'll bring it down to the club for play once it's built.

tancrede
28-07-2010, 15:03
Very, very nice ashigarus !
Waiting for more, now ! ^^

MichaelJames
28-07-2010, 16:19
Afternoon,

Have to say this is one of my favourite logs. Do you manage to get much gaming in with all the amazing painting you do? I like the new purple and yellow, even if it is a tad un-historical. Blending seems to be coming on a lot, keep it up!

LarryLimerick
28-07-2010, 17:09
The purple and yellow colour scheme looks great!

juicytomatoes
29-07-2010, 10:54
am lovin' the latest color combination... hope to see more of it.

Invisible Sun
02-08-2010, 01:44
Love you're pblog, mate. Post some more castle pics already! They're so good.

lilljonas
07-11-2010, 19:14
So after fiddling around a bit with Warhammer 8th, it seems that the idea of having lots of nice samurai knights is a no-no. However, an all infantry samurai army is not cool at all, so here is the fantasy solution: using cavalry that doesn't suck, such as pistoleers.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w114/lilljonas/samurai/PB070170.jpg

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w114/lilljonas/samurai/PB070171.jpg

It's a really simple conversion as it is just a weapon swap with some The Assault Group cavalry pistols. Purple uniform armour is about as much fantasy as the cavalry pistols that the Japanese didn't really use, but when you go ahistorical you might as well do it all the way. The banners are from the Hosokawa, which fits nicely as Hosokawa Tadaoki led some 5000 men at Sekigahara on the Eastern side. I find it kind of hard to paint small circles like that by free hand, but it is still way easier than most of the mon. At least they look decent at a distance.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w114/lilljonas/samurai/PB070172.jpg

As you can see, it's the same colour scheme as my previous ashigaru. The idea was to make a couple of units that are tied together.

tancrede: Thanks, but 20+ additional ashigaru might take some time.

MichaelJames: Not nearly. I get maybe one or two games every two weeks due to my messed up job schedule, and that is divided between everything from WHFB to Canvas Eagle, DBA... and now everyone at the club suddenly play Warmachine/Hordes instead. We'll see if that fad passes of if I'll start painting rhose samurai elephants or whatever they have in that game.

LarryLimerick: Thanks!

juicytomatoes: Thanks, and l'm happy to be able to supply some more in this post.

Invisible Sun: I might be leading a terrain building workshop on saturday, might make some more thematic terrain if I have the time. The castle is currently lingering in my wardrobe.

Dayspringer
07-11-2010, 23:56
They look sweet.
Purple and yellow work really nicely together, and the banners are simple but effective.

juicytomatoes
13-11-2010, 12:48
are those tufts of grass on your cavalry bases the army painter ones? Did you also use the 'ballast' type ones as well?

Very nice combination.

lilljonas
18-11-2010, 12:19
My budget for purchasing miniatures is very limited at the moment, which means that it is a perfect time to decrease my unpainted lead mountain and also to build stuff myself.

First up, I finished the half-painted ogre I had lying around.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w114/lilljonas/samurai/PB170170.jpg

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w114/lilljonas/samurai/PB170171.jpg

It's a great miniature, but all those details took a lot of extra time. I don't really know what to do with it now that we don't play samurai Mordheim anymore, but it's nice to finally finish it.

Next up, I had an unopened box of sculpey. I played a lot with modelling clay as a kid, but I've never tried to sculpt anything seriously for wargames. I'm building a temple, and I needed some statues, so I thought I'd try it out.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w114/lilljonas/samurai/PB170172.jpg

Sculpey turned out to be a bit hard to sculpt with, actually, as the whole thing stays soft and malleable until you bake it all. This means that detail work is really difficult, as the whole thing bends as you work on it and details are easily erased as you fix something elsewhere. But it is fun and a good way to play around until I feel secure enough to work with more expensive materials such as milliput and kneadite. So while the results are not particularily amazing, it's a start.

Finally, I've found out that it's pretty much impossible to find pre-made 6mm terrain for my tiny samurai, so I got started on building some of my own. If it works out I'd love to try to cast these things in resin later on. Not only to be able to make a bustling village, but also to sell to people who are likewise stuck without alternatives. But that will be another chapter, as I know absolutely nothing about casting in resin.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w114/lilljonas/6mm/PB180174.jpg

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w114/lilljonas/6mm/PB180173.jpg

Dayspringer; thanks!

juicytomatoes: No, the tufts are from Silflor, through Antenociti's Workshop. The foliage is from Woodland Scenics. I haven't seen Army Painter's version myself, but it is a pretty basic thing that many brands make, so I can't imagine them being bad either. Tufts are my new friend, and I find them to be the thing that adds the most to the models for the least amount of effort. I just love it.

mrtn
18-11-2010, 14:10
Nice work, both the ogre and the houses. The statues are too small to see clearly. I've read that you can bake sculpy many times, so finish something, bake it, finish the details.

Dino
18-11-2010, 14:48
Very nice job on the ogre. The buildings are looking very nice as well. Keep it up.

giant stegadon
18-11-2010, 15:46
The ogre looks nice.

Meraklis
19-11-2010, 04:21
nice job on the Ogre. Do you have any more lying around? I was trying to get some of them since rackham stopped making them but apparently its not that easy...

as for the sculpting why dont you use sculpey for shaping the main body, bake it and finally use green stuff on top for the details?
just an idea, hope it helps...

lilljonas
09-12-2010, 14:02
Just a quick shot of the progress on the 6mm houses:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w114/lilljonas/6mm/PC090178.jpg

The secret ingredient for my roof tilings right now is noodles. Yup. This hobby is amazing.

Arduhn
09-12-2010, 22:47
Everything looks awesome, as usual. I just wanted to drop by and let you know that I have been talking with some friends about doing a Mordheim campaign set in the far east. I would probably use Reikland rules to represent my Samurai warband, from Nippon. Another guy wants to do a Kung-Fu warband, and there might also be a warband from Ind.

I'll let you know when I order up some models and I'll most likely do a plog when I start painting. This probably won't be for a couple of months though.

Cypher, the Emperor
10-12-2010, 04:23
Everything looks awesome, as usual. I just wanted to drop by and let you know that I have been talking with some friends about doing a Mordheim campaign set in the far east. I would probably use Reikland rules to represent my Samurai warband, from Nippon. Another guy wants to do a Kung-Fu warband, and there might also be a warband from Ind.

I'll let you know when I order up some models and I'll most likely do a plog when I start painting. This probably won't be for a couple of months though.

Not to turn this into Mordheim chat, but have you read the fan supplement Bordertown Burning? Because there is a warband called the Battlemonks of Cathay which your friend should check out.

Also the correct use of the Ogre is for an empire beasts wizard.

juicytomatoes
10-12-2010, 06:18
lovely 6mm buildings there!

and thank you for the tip on the tufts! My next purchase...

lilljonas
16-12-2010, 10:58
I had these miniatures of Ieyasu Tokugawa, Honda Tadakatsu and Kuroda Nagamasa lying around for ages, but never got around to paint them. I was pretty much scared off from doing them as he's the leader of the bunch, and I didn't know how to pull that off. I'm still not completely happy with the colour scheme, but the added backdrop gives them a little bit more of an impact. Too bad there's so few uses for generic warrior heroes, but then the General of the Empire entry is pretty bad too, so they might just get to sit on the side and watch the games.


The empty space on the base is for the army standard bearer that I already painted up and have at the club, since he's actually useful.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w114/lilljonas/samurai/PC160179.jpg

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w114/lilljonas/samurai/PC160181.jpg

Oh, and completely unrelated is this Christmas present painting I did for my 2.5 yo nephew:
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w114/lilljonas/PC160182.jpg

Arduhn: It's pretty easy to do a Mordheim conversion, would be fun to see how your warbands turn out.

Wulf
17-12-2010, 08:05
Nice! Love the look of them all together, and with the screen it looks fantastic.

As a side note: to me, the general of the empire is actually a very good lord choice. He is a poor fighter but give good leadeship, and is above all dirt cheap for what he does.

Steam_Giant
18-12-2010, 11:32
Cookie monster is a great 'Lord choice' ! :)

Kaos
18-12-2010, 18:09
Sweet stuff and i dig that painting hehe.. At first i thought it was a banner :P

The Ogre is awesome!

Cheers -kaos

GomezAddams
18-12-2010, 18:25
Liking the 6mm buildings and have been having the same difficulties as yourself - I'm guessing theres no demand for it which is a real shame. I'd love to do a 28mm samurai army but simply don't have the funds which is why I've turned to baccus, but now find myself stuffed for terrain.

Consider me interested in some of those buildings if you get them cast :)

tancrede
18-12-2010, 18:35
ALways nice to see more of your samurais. Very good work on the maku screen, I really like the freehands.
Show us more, please ! ^^

lilljonas
18-12-2010, 20:33
Liking the 6mm buildings and have been having the same difficulties as yourself - I'm guessing theres no demand for it which is a real shame. I'd love to do a 28mm samurai army but simply don't have the funds which is why I've turned to baccus, but now find myself stuffed for terrain.

Consider me interested in some of those buildings if you get them cast :)

Right now I'm looking at buying some basic casting gear in January. I don't have the money (or the room!) to invest in vacuum casting equipment yet though, so I'm not ready to say anything about the quality yet. But expect some progress in late January/early February.


ALways nice to see more of your samurais. Very good work on the maku screen, I really like the freehands.
Show us more, please ! ^^

You wouldn't believe that the freehands on the backside are the bad ones. ;) But yeah, working on improving on the freehand, and it's a very nice feeling when a design gradually turns out better and better.

Arduhn
20-12-2010, 16:59
Is the tent thing the "Maku" from the Perry Miniatures website?

lilljonas
21-12-2010, 08:58
Is the tent thing the "Maku" from the Perry Miniatures website?

No, it's two sheets of thin paper (calligraphy paper) with aluminum foil foil inbetween, some barbeque sticks and thread. I don't know why the Perries never put up pictures of their's, but frankly it's not too difficult to make a passable version of your own.

Seville
21-12-2010, 18:17
This plog is absolutely fantastic! Wow!!!! Really love this. The camps are brilliant. Sorry, I am sure you've answered this question before, but, where do you find these minis?

lilljonas
21-12-2010, 19:12
The vast majority of the 28mm samurai are from Perry Miniatures. There are also a few, mostly warrior monks, from The Assault Group, as well as some characters from em-4. The Ogre is from the now non-existing Confrontation game. The retainers carrying baggage and the women in kimono are from Museum Miniatures.

Everything in 6mm is from Baccus.

There are still samurai ranges that I don't have anything from but probably will try out some day, which includues Kingsford Miniatures (too expensive for my taste tbh, but nice sculpts), Curtey's Miniatures (a bit too comic dimension for me), Black Hat Miniatures, West Wind Productions and 1st Corps. Some of them don't match so well style-wise, but there's plenty of choises out there for those interested in 28mm samurai compared to say, Ming period Chinese or Choson Korean.

lilljonas
30-12-2010, 07:31
Happy holiday season everyone!


The end of a year is also a beginning of new things, so here's a little preview of things to come:

www.muraminiatures.com

This is where I plan to condense what I've been doing up until now in a more easily navigated fashion. 28 pages long painting logs are not very user friendly. I'll put up tutorials, image galleries, guides and other articles. This is also where I'll put up the results of my casting adventures for sale.

Basically, this is what happens when you stick me in an isolated house in the mountains of Hokkaido for three weeks without anything else to do. I'm sorry for the unimpressive design, as this is the very first homepage I make, and it's pretty much 100% things I've picked up the last week. I'll be tinkering with it for the next two weeks, so expect more things in a while. Too bad I'm limited in what I can do as I don't have access to my miniatures, painting equipment or such until I get back. When I'm back I'll do some more detailed tutorials and stuff.

Arduhn
04-01-2011, 13:47
Nice website. I'm looking forward to seeing how it progresses. I put in an order for some Perry samurai. Can't wait to get them. I've been fiddling around on army builder and brushing up on the Mordheim rules.

The campaign is still a few months away, so I'll have time to paint up the warband, and I plan to organize a scenery making night (or maybe a few nights).

It was nice to read about where you get you're miniatures. I knew most were from perry-miniatures, but it's cool to see some other companies too. A list of companies might be a good feature for the website. Even ones you don't necessarily plan to use might be interesting to see.

A bit ot, but anyone else excited for Shogun 2?

lilljonas
04-01-2011, 23:56
Nice website. I'm looking forward to seeing how it progresses. I put in an order for some Perry samurai. Can't wait to get them. I've been fiddling around on army builder and brushing up on the Mordheim rules.

The campaign is still a few months away, so I'll have time to paint up the warband, and I plan to organize a scenery making night (or maybe a few nights).

It was nice to read about where you get you're miniatures. I knew most were from perry-miniatures, but it's cool to see some other companies too. A list of companies might be a good feature for the website. Even ones you don't necessarily plan to use might be interesting to see.

A bit ot, but anyone else excited for Shogun 2?

Thanks, I'm actually working on putting up some terrain-making tutorials on the website right now. I didn't really plan on doing detailed tutorials while I made the buildings, so I'll have to go back and make a few new ones to improve the tutorials, but hopefully they'll be a little bit useful. I'll also work on getting some painting tutorials up in about a week or two.

It's good to hear ideas about what would be useful to have on the site, I'll write an article about collecting samurai armies later which will include various makers and which ones are suitable for what kind of gaming. And if I had anything more powerful than a netbook at my disposal, I would be pretty stoked for Shogun 2. :cries:

ragados
05-01-2011, 08:26
Hey Lilljonas!
Love the idea of a dedicated site. Everytime I look at this plog I get tempted back into Samurai miniatures. I have so far resisted! Have you manually consructed the site? You may find your life is a lot easier if you use a content managment system like Droopal, Joomla or Mambo. (I tend to go with Joomla)
Good luck!
Raggy

Arduhn
10-01-2011, 16:34
I'll be looking forward to your scenery tutorial. I'll be making up a bunch of eastern style scenery in a few months.

I just read through your collecting article. Good stuff!

lilljonas
13-02-2011, 18:23
While not posting updates, I've been busy casting stuff in resin. A lot of stuff. A lot of tiny tiny 6mm stuff.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w114/lilljonas/6mm/P2130346.jpg
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w114/lilljonas/6mm/P2130347.jpg
First up are the start of a customizable wall system. Straights and corners.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w114/lilljonas/6mm/P2130348.jpg
Next up is another residential house, suitable for a wealthy farmer or a lower rank samurai.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w114/lilljonas/6mm/P2130350.jpg
First attempt at one of the common shop/workshop house. Typically the front and entrance would be open for business, while the rest of the family worked on tasks related to the business at the back of the house.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w114/lilljonas/6mm/P2130352.jpg
The entire current line-up.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w114/lilljonas/6mm/P2130353.jpg
Let's just say that I had to do a lot of trial casts to learn how the resin works. And I only had one functional mould. Think of it as a Japanese MacMansion street.

lilljonas
13-02-2011, 18:24
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w114/lilljonas/6mm/P2130356.jpg
And if things go really bad... instant "bandits burned down our roof" counters!

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w114/lilljonas/6mm/P2130354.jpg
This is the next thing I plan for the modular wall system. I'll probably do at least one more gate.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w114/lilljonas/6mm/P2130355.jpg
This house is almost ready to cast.

mrtn
13-02-2011, 21:36
Great work, both on the casting and modelling front. :)

Dayspringer
13-02-2011, 23:20
They look really cool!

Crazy Harborc
14-02-2011, 19:30
Now, if you were my neighbor, I just might start playing Nipponese in 6mm. Those pieces of terrain DO look good....sharp, clean details.

Just where o where did you find all those 6mm size house painters?:D

lilljonas
20-02-2011, 10:36
Thanks for the feedback, these 6mm stuff are fiddly but really fun.

I finished two new moulds. First out is the biggest one this far, a large warehouse/store likely to be found in a busy larger city. It's actually one of the first houses that I designed, but it was wrecked by an early botched mould making session and a lot of things had to be re-done. The second is a wedge-shaped house with thatched walls, a common design in the north and in the mountains where they get very heavy snowfall. I'm especially happy about this one as I managed to squeeze in almost all the detail for an exact copy of an actual house, one I found in a historical architecture book I picked up in Sapporo this winter.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w114/lilljonas/6mm/P2200345.jpg

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w114/lilljonas/6mm/P2200346.jpg

Finally a small overview of various houses now that the styles are a bit more varied. Also two smaller houses that I'm making to give even more diversity to the village.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w114/lilljonas/6mm/P2200347.jpg

Arduhn
21-02-2011, 18:10
Very cool! I like the thatched rooves. Those look like they're 28mm scale, are they?

lilljonas
21-02-2011, 18:12
No, they are 6mm scale. So very, very tiny. :)

Arduhn
21-02-2011, 18:40
Ah, I saw the guy on his own on a base and thought there was no way that could be 6mm, lol. Oh well.

codetroll
14-03-2011, 16:14
Any updates on the 28mm castle??? Or has it been put on the shelve for good? ;)

gogs78
14-03-2011, 21:50
Very nice! Exellent work on the scenery.

Great idea for an army!

Regulator
18-06-2011, 11:42
Any news yet? I am building up my own Samurai army and I use the rule work hail Caesar from Warlord Games & Perry Miniatures, and maybe Black Powder. Both are written from Rick Priestly and Jervis Johnson.

I will do the japanese korean invasion army, first general will be Kato Kiyomosa and his part of the army.

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k145/evalerio0160/Samurai2/NEWKATO.jpg

Stephan

Karak Norn Clansman
18-06-2011, 21:09
Imponerande. :)

The wedge-shaped thatched house design bear some similarities to old Scandinavian houses (like this (http://www.google.se/imgres?imgurl=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/22/Landa_-_Viking_house.JPG&imgrefurl=http://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%25D0%25A4%25D0%25B0%25D0%25B9%25D0%25BB:Landa_-_Viking_house.JPG&usg=__3xl-_Qo8SASdElyIvLW1yB6uBLo=&h=1944&w=2592&sz=3062&hl=sv&start=0&zoom=0&tbnid=hoymh3F4-K6o3M:&tbnh=113&tbnw=150&ei=yBP9TbeuIMTusgbktLHxDQ&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dviking%2Bhouse%26um%3D1%26hl%3Dsv%26s a%3DN%26biw%3D1429%26bih%3D988%26tbm%3Disch&um=1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=801&vpy=484&dur=2915&hovh=113&hovw=150&tx=148&ty=87&page=1&ndsp=30&ved=1t:429,r:15,s:0&biw=1429&bih=988) viking one). Similar snow problem, about the same approach.

Arduhn
18-07-2011, 19:04
Sorry to dig this up, but I found something that you might find useful or at least interesting. http://www.thewarstore.com/ZVEZDAPlastics.html
They're 1/72 scale, which is slightly smaller I think, but they have plastic samurai, cheap, which you could use to fill out your ranks if you want to expand the army.
Edit: I found this page too, so you can see how they look. http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/ManufacturerList.aspx?id=26