Sunday, 10 September 2017

Samurai DBA Army - Ikko Ikki

Finally found time to post up this DBA army that I painted up over the summer - a force of Ikko Ikki Buddhist warrior monks.  The DBA army lists include Ikko Ikki (which my spellcheck keeps wanting to correct to 'Ikea'...) as a handful of DBA elements within an overall Samurai army, but I decided to use warrior monks for all the elements in the list to represent the major Ikko Ikki armies that fought in the Battles of Kuzuryugawa and Sendanno in the early 1600s.  The figures are by Two Dragons miniatures and as ever are painted in acrylics and gloss varnished.

The whole army with the Daibutsu (Giant Buddha) camp

Bowmen - armoured monks for the 4Bw and a mix of unarmoured monks and a musket man for the 3Bw
Blades - armoured monks with 'yari' (spears) and swords


More Blades - a more irregular group of monks both armoured and unarmoured



Armed peasant Auxilia



The leader - an unnamed monk.  The figure is of Uesugi Kenshin, a famous Buddhist Samurai.



Cavalry - armed with bow and 'naginata'


The leader on foot with war fan (solid metal with a cutting edge like a cleaver...) and giant conch-shell blowing trumpeter




Friday, 31 March 2017

Samurai DBA Army - Hojo Clan

This Hojo Clan Samurai army is James' early birthday present this year and is the matching counterpart to Andy's (DBA List IV/59a) - ready to contest the Shogunate.  The Hojo ruled Izu province in Japan and led the campaign that repulsed the Mongol invasion.  The figures are a mix of Irregular and Essex Miniatures.

'Sohei' Warrior Monks (Blades)


Samurai Archers


Ashigaru followers (Auxilia)

General on foot with Samurai (Blades)




More Samurai archers


Another 'Daibutsu' giant bronze Buddha statue as the camp




Mounted General




Samurai DBA Army - Kiso Clan

Andy's Birthday gift from me this year was this Samurai DBA Army (the Post-Mongol Samurai list, Book IV list 59a).  I painted it to represent the Kiso Clan that lived in the Kai Province of feudal Japan, near to Mount Fuji.  The figures are a mixture of Essex, Irregular and Two Dragons Miniatures.


The Army's camp is a 'Daibutsu' or Giant Bronze Buddha statue
The model is a stone statuette painted to represent bronze with a patina of age

'Sohei' warrior monks (Blades in DBA)


Ashigaru followers (Auxilia in DBA)


Samurai on foot (Blades)



Samurai Archers


The General on foot, with katana and sharp-edged metal war fan

The general's figure is a Two Dragon's miniature body with a head swap from an Essex Samurai
Mounted Samurai

The mounted General