Sunday, January 22, 2017

'East' from Barks: Samurai Command Tent

I picked up Samurai Battles a few years ago, and have found painting the miniatures to be somewhat intimidating! The 'East' theme was the perfect excuse to confront this demon.

Samurai Battles is a Commands and Colors hex game variant. The figures are hard plastic 20mm multipiece. Here is my command stand for the yellow side. I have enhanced the sabot base with some 1:100 jinmaku curtains from Eureka.

The daimyo's banner is 'artificial', ie it is only there for game purposes rather than historical accuracy.

I handpainted the kanji on the banner, based on Google Translate's version of "All your base are belong to us".

Painting the lines on the sashimonos is a chore. The chrysanthemum mon is a transfer.

The horo was a bamboo frame worn by messengers and is said to provide protection from bowfire from some directions. I suspect that visibility and identification play a big role in its use.




Any errors in terminology are mine!

46 comments:

  1. This is awesome. I find the setting totally intimidating as well, great work. The kanji phrase is just perfect at so many levels...love it

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    1. Thanks, Greg- I wonder if any passers-by will grok it!

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  2. Fantastic submission Barks, really great!
    See you at CanCon this weekend :-)

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  3. Great little diorama you did here, nice work.

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  4. Brilliant stuff, Barks, especially love the taiko drum!

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    1. Thanks, Evan, there's a real dynamism to his pose!

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  5. Really nice. Great bunch of command dudes. Colourful and interesting. cheers

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  6. That is very cool, nice work on the handpainted banner

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  7. Very cool - I like the yellow tyinf it all togerher.

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    1. Thanks, Dux! There's no confusion about which side they're on!

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  8. Fancy Barks! I have a load of Zvezda samurai as well, feeling inspired...

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    1. Thanks, Sander! They are nice models, but quite intimidating even for a simpler colour scheme like mine!

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  9. An excellent entry Barks, nice one!

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  10. Lovely work Barks! Your boardgames must be the most sought after in your gaming circle, with all the stunning pieces your turning out!

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    1. Problem is, it takes quite a while to get them done! I think I picked this up maybe three years ago?

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  11. This really is a very nice submission. My Samuari armies are small and I cannot get this level of detail on the figures which is a real shame as who would not want this in their collection.

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    1. They are such a challenge due to the colours, patterns and detail!

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  12. Love the hiragana on the banner ....

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  13. Well done, Barks. I am bowing in your direction and ascribing to you much honour.

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    1. I am unworthy of such respect, Padre-san.

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  14. Terrific! There is so much to admire in this vignette. The figures, the basing the creative flags - just wonderful. Bravo Barks!

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  15. That is a sweet command piece, Barks!
    I like the added details of the walls and using a sabot base for the figures.
    I had a Japanese student help me out with Japanese script for an art project and fully appreciate how difficult it is to write/ draw characters you have no idea of what they mean....let alone paint them on a 20mm banner! ;)

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    1. Thanks, David! I thought the paintbrush might actually make it easier- but I found more practice would have helped!

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  16. An awesome set looks like they came off of a Kurosawa film set.

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    1. Thanks, Adam, Kurosawa is a major source of inspiration.

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  17. Wondeful work Barks. I like the color choices.

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    1. Thanks, Rod- I went for simple and striking!

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  18. Awesome work, Barks! These guys look as if they've stepped out of Ran, or Kagemusha. I love them.... really nice.

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    1. Thank you so much, Sidney! I was inspired by the bold and vibrant colours in his works.

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