Takeda versus Hojo

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The lack of updates on my blog for the last few weeks doesn’t mean there has been no painting action. As you can see from the photos, my 28mm Kingsford Miniatures samurai of the Takeda clan now have an enemy to fight – the Hojo clan.

The Hojos’ triple triangle emblems on their yellow back banners (‘sashimono’) are drawn with a drafting pen. Their large standard portrays the so-called ‘five lucky colours’.  The foot soldiers’ armour is mainly black, with light blue lacing and clothing.  Their samurai leaders are clothed in different colours according to taste.  

The white diamond shapes on the blue sashimono of the Takeda are done with commercial decals – apart from the large standard which was painted by hand. The soldiers’ armour is mainly rust-coloured, and their clothing various shades of beige or sand.  Again, their samurai leaders are more variegated.

To give the sheen of laquer to the armour and weapons, yet avoid the garish appearance of gloss varnish, I over-painted the laquered areas with a wash of PVA glue and water.  This gave a nice eggshell effect to those parts of the figures, but leaving the remainder of their clothing completely matt.

I can’t vouch for the accuracy of my paint-jobs or their flags. I’ve found it very difficult to research samurai armies. Whilst there are lots of books and websites around, it is such a complex subject. But these models suit my purposes, even if they aren’t absolutely historical. They’re just for gaming, after all!

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8 responses to “Takeda versus Hojo

  1. Eric VEITL

    Hy Roly ,

    So marvelous
    May i suggest you ti visit this site if you have difficulties in finding infos
    http://forums.samurai-archives.com/viewtopic.php?p=41561

    Best regards

  2. I know that site, Eric. It has been one of my main sources. The problem is not finding the information. It is that there is too much information!

  3. Jeff Hudelson

    They look good, Roly . . . and they will be easy to differentiate on the table top too. Well done, sir.

    – Jeff

  4. briansmaller

    Lovely Roly. I keep looking at my Samurai collection….and putting it away again. Maybe this year….

  5. They look smashing Roly, very colourful. Should be a good game with them.

  6. Anonymous

    Time to get to grips with those Ronin rules Roly. trust me they work a treat.
    BTW superb paint job

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