I knew they would be bit daunting to paint and to be honest they were a bit of an Everest for me...I actually yelled triumphantly "Ive knocked the bastards off" when I completed them, emulating our National Hero, Sir Edmund Hilary's, famous line on conquering the real thing....perhaps a trifle OTT of me.
The most difficult thing with these chaps is that, excluding the Ashigaru who are fairly standardised in their attire, each samurai warrior you pick up requires careful thought on what he will wear and choice of a colour schemes that match...a bit like interior decorating. Frankly this is all a bit too much like hard work and no I'm not going to even attempt to paint the eyes!
Anyway here they are... my first Samurai.
Please excuse the inappropriate rolling English dales and meadows in the background.
|Ahigaru. I've just realised I haven't painted the leather forearm protectors|
Ive glued metal squares on to the base of the figures and these will fit into purpose built magnetic movement trays so the metal square wont be visible which should improve the look.
Now this lots off the painting desk I can potter away with a unit at a time which wont be anywhere near as difficult. My goal is to paint up a couple of Saga size clans. I think the Saga rules will do the job with a bit of tweaking. If anyone knows of any Saga Samurai adaptations I'm all ears. The other possibility would be adapting Kings of War but Id need much bigger units to make a decent game of it.
Ive just undercoated and drybrushed some lovely Perry samurai character figures which will be ajoy to paint. I particularly like the sepuku set.