The temples and monasteries of feudal Japan weren’t just a retreat from everyday life, they were a hotbed of political and religious unrest. What better place for a dust up then?
Japan in the 16th century was a bad time to be a farmer. The wars for control of the country had lasted for generations, and local samurai rulers oppressed the peasant classes ruthlessly. But perhaps this village would be different, as a plucky band of rebels deployed to try to fight off the samurai lord […]
So, I’ve painted up a load of Samurai and assorted other medieval Japanese bods lately and thought I’d give a quick rundown on some of the miniatures I’ve used and compare them. I’ve always loved the period, and had a load of miniatures in my lead pile intending to play more of Osprey’s excellent skirmish […]
One of the most distinctive troops types in Japanese (and some other eastern Asian) armies are the warrior monks. The original martial artists these guys were not shy about stepping off the temple grounds to go and bust heads, and had a pretty fearsome reputation as warriors.