• lundi 23 avril 2018

    Nippon army project (part seven) : Headquarter

    New step for the Nippon project. The general Headquarter (Hon-jin).This vignette represent the general (Daimyo) and his staff. The seated character have generic style of a Daymio from the Sengoku period. Banners (Noborri/Uma-jirushi) indicate the general is Mori Hidemoto.

    The staff is composed by tacticians, attendants, messenger, banners carriers, bow and spear holder. Four Makku screens surround them, usually the screens are marked with the clan colors but I decided to painted them with generic colors. By this way, I keep the possibility to switch the banners with other clan banner… polyvalent Hon-jin J The HQ can’t be complete without the war drum (Taiko) and the trumpet shell (Hora-gai). With the banners, these elements are the best way to command on large Battlefield.

    Last touch is the baggage. A pair of light packhorses with rations or light weapons and the ox with the heavy chariot loaded with tents or stakes for camp installations.

    Last words about books to complete your samurai culture. “The History Japanese Armor” Vol1 - From Yayoi to Muromachi period. And the Vol2 – From The Warring Stats to Edo period. These books are useful for beginner who want to start a samurai army. Lot of information about troops, army organization, banners, armors, weapons etc…fully translated in English.

    Next post, the family pictures. See you next week!

    vendredi 23 mars 2018

    Nippon army project (part six) : Monks

    Hello, another batch of warrior-monks to complete the ranks. Sculpted by Trevis Dixon and Mark Copplestone.  I added a palanquin (kago) to my collection, that model will be the centerpiece of my probable next WHFB scenario.
    The next steps in the project concerning the reinforcement of the Ashigarus units,  around 20 miniatures to paint. And to finish the Headquarter camp of the General.


    dimanche 4 mars 2018

    Nippon army project (Part Five) : Legend of Nippon

    Many weird & mysterious characters evolved in the legends of ancient Japan, a country rich in folk tales & myth. Some of these characters were dashing heroes or intelligent animals. Others were evil, semi-supernatural beings like the malicious Oni, or the malignant Goblins! Whether derived from powerful religion like Shinto or Buddhism, or from simple folktales, each of these creatures bares a unique contribution to the Legends of Nippon.

    Bakemono Goblins
    Though mainly physical creatures, the Bakemono Goblin sometimes possessed spiritual and supernatural power. Smaller Bakemono were often uncouth and unintelligent preferring to fight in large groups (this was before football!). Large, or Dai-Bakemono were usually far more intelligent and equivalent to the Samurai, even having some magical powers.

    Dai Oni
    Oni are ferocious spirits who use their awesome strength and magical abilities to dominate and terrorize the regions they inhabit. The common oni stands 7 to 8 feet tall, resembling a thickly-muscled humanoid whose arms and legs are covered with coarse hair.
    Their skin is normally red, but other colors have been noted, including green, black, orange, purple and Blue.

    They are figures in Japanese folklore, analogous to Western legends of ghosts. The name consists of two kanji,  (yū), meaning "faint" and  (rei), meaning "soul". Alternative names include (Bōrei), meaning ruined or departed spirit or (Shiryō) meaning dead spirit.Like their Chinese and Western counterparts, they are thought to be spirits kept from a peaceful afterlife. While all Japanese ghosts are called yūrei, within that category there are several specific types of phantom, classified mainly by the manner they died or their reason for returning to Earth.

    They are considered a type of Shinto god (kami) . Although they take their name from a dog-like Chinese demon (Tiangou), the tengu were originally thought to take the forms of birds of prey, and they are traditionally depicted with both human and avian characteristics.
    Buddhism long held that the tengu were disruptive demons and harbingers of war. Their image gradually softened, however, into one of protective, if still dangerous, spirits of the mountains and forests. Tengu are associated with the ascetic practice of Shugendō, and they are usually depicted in the garb of its followers, the yamabushi.

    Dragons have many animal-like forms such as turtles and fish, but are most commonly depicted as snake-like with four legs. Dragons traditionally symbolize potent and auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, typhoons, and floods. The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and good luck for people who are worthy of it.

    Last words
    So, many models in this Legend of Nippon part come from the Dixon Miniatures range and to be honest it's pretty rare to find some pictures of them on the web. I bought them without relly knowing how they look but finally the result is good. For peoples who don't know, they are sculpter by Mark Copplestone.
    You probably recognize the old C14 Oriental Dragon (Citadel and Ral Partha) very fine sculpt from Tom Meier. And to finish a C18 Undead Samurai  Sculpted by Aly Morrison.


    mercredi 21 février 2018

    Blast from the past!

    If for any reasons you are out of the social media sphere (Face Book first), the probabilities of missing news or pictures about the hobby is important. Other bad thing, pictures on FB are inaccessible by google search. I  try to fix things for you 

    Yesterday during my quotidian FB surf, a blast from the past stroked me and many followers of the Great Horned Rat. The popular Andy Chambers shared some new pictures of his glorious Skaven army highlighted in the old White Dwarf 137 (May 1991). After 26 years and 10 month, we can appreciate his work again but from a different angle.

    Some words of the owner :
    So then. The Skaven army. Collected and painted back in 1990-91, this is undoubtedly the most (in)famous army I’ve ever painted. It appeared in WD137 in 1991 and a surprising number of people still ask me about it almost thirty years later. I basically spent the 90-91 winter months painting a Skaven army and learning not to do blocks of forty at a time. I wrote an article about it and the choices I’d made for the army. The studio cheated a bit by getting the ‘Eavy metal tea...m to put nicer banners on some of the models before photographing them and the beast was published, and to my enduring pleasure has encouraged many others to collect Skaven armies, hail to you my rat-brothers.
    Exposed here for the first time under the cold light of digital photography, years of wear and tear including three intercontinental moves and three decades of developing theory and practice in painting and modelling. Please don’t judge it too harshly.



    samedi 10 février 2018

    Landsknecht Gnome Artillery

    Hello, artillery again this week but in smaller size :) These war machines are sculpted by Byron Harmon for the Alpine Gnomes Kickstarter, Old School Miniatures range of Jamie Loft.
    As the Gnome infantry, they are very easy to paint. I planned to use them in count as Bolth Thrower, you can never have enought war machines in a Dwarf Army !
    Size comparison with classic Dwarves from the Marauders Miniatures Range

    jeudi 8 février 2018

    Nippon army project (Part Four) : Artillery

     Hello, I play this Nippon army with The Empire Army list, so I'm feel better with these two brand new war machines to support my infantry.
    Historically, artillery pieces are supplied by the foreigners like Portuguese, Dutch, etc... These war machines generally come from the ships docked on the Japanese coasts.
    For memory, the Nippon army list from WHFB 2nd edition is well appointed in war machines : Cannon, Catapult, Rocket Laucher and Bolt Thrower.