Let's start with the generosity of other wargamers. This week a book "Samurai Warfare" arrived in the post which was very kindly gifted by Rob a fellow wargamer. Based on a quick flip through, the book will prove really useful as I paint and organise my Samurai miniatures.
|The gifted book|
The samurai project is starting to gain a bit of traction and figures are beginning to come off the painting table. Rather than base them on 4 by 3 inch bases as I usually do in groups of 10 to 12 figures. I decided to have them based them in groups of 6 figures on half bases 4 by 1.5 inches. This will allow me to mix and match the bases to create a unit. For example, a half unit of bowmen or arquebus can be added to spearmen. This has the benefit of reducing the number of spearmen I have to paint and I can stretch out their limited numbers.
|Figures based on 4 x 1.5 inch bases each base is a half unit.|
|Two bases are joined to make a unit|
|A combined spear and bow unit|
In terms of painting the armies I am going with two imaginary forces. One army will be painted with reds and browns and the other with blues and greys. To name the armies, and have a bit of fun, I used Google Translate to convert the names I have given the armies:
- Aoi nuno - Blue cloth clan
- Akai nuno - Red cloth clan
I have no idea as to the accuracy of the translation, but I am going with this for the time being.
The plan for what remains of this weekend is to begin the ancients campaign with a naval battle game.