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Warlord Games posts Samurai rules for Pike & Shotte

September 7th, 2016

Tim Greene, who, as a keen historical gamer and prolific rules writer, has penned a fantastic army list for the Pike & Shotte rules allowing you to field Japanese Samurai armies.

Warlord Games know lots of players enjoy collecting historical Japanese forces, so they were very happy to publish Tim’s list so that anyone who wants can make use of it.

Download the rules and list here for free!

Fantasy Flight Games re-release Reiner Knizia’s Samurai

September 30th, 2015

Samurai, Reiner Knizia’s classic tile-placement game and the second of our Euro Classics line, is now available from Fantasy Flight Games. This new edition maintains all of the original mechanics while giving the game an updated look rooted in Japanese artistic styles.

In Samurai, you take on the role of an ambitious daimyo seeking to conquer Japan. To achieve dominance, you’ll need to win over the Buddhist priests that hold sway over the nobles, control the supply of rice, and occupy strategic military installations. Once you command these three areas, the samurai warriors will follow your lead and place the nation in your hands.

samurai board

Fantasy Flight Games announce the return of Samurai

July 1st, 2015

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce the return of Samurai, a beloved tile-placement game by Reiner Knizia set amid the turbulent times of feudal Japan!

In Samurai, two to four players assume the roles of ambitious daimyo competing for control of Japan. To rise above your rivals and influence the nation’s cities and villages to your cause, you must prove you can lead their people. Through the strategic placement of tiles, you can establish your sway over lesser lords, the production of rice, and the region’s religious leaders. Sometimes, though, even these won’t be enough to establish your dominance, and to cement your claim, you must send in your samurai.

This edition of Samurai maintains the game’s original mechanics while updating it with beautifully sculpted game pieces, new leader tokens to aid in scoring, and all-new art and graphic design that draw upon traditional Japanese styles.


Japanese Samurai terrain released by Warlord Games

Bridge Large-House

Shrine Torii-Gate

Townhouse Village-House

Walkway Walls-and-GatesFebruary 26th, 2015

Warlord Games  have released a series of 28mm scale terrain for use with their new Samurai Army Lists for Pike & Shotte or any other far-east inspired games.

If you enjoy the occasional bit of Samurai action, then this range of laser-cut wooden terrain from Sarissa Precision is just what you need.  Multiple styles of houses, temples and shrines, two types of bridges, walls and gates, and a Torii gate


Steel Fist Miniatures announces their Toyotomi Hideyoshi pack

April 23rd, 2013

Steel Fist Miniatures announced a Toyotomi Hideyoshi pack.

This pack will be available this week with the other pack, i now have the stock so i will be putting them on the webite in a day or two,

As you can see this is quite a large set representing the hataomto of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, there were of course many more charaters in his real hatamoto and many of them will be covered in future packs.

Toyotomi himself is depicted sitting on chair decked with a tiger fur, he is wearing an armour he later gave to Date Masamune behind him is a samurai hold his helmet decorated with war fans and bear fur.

Also there is Toyotomi Hidetsugu in the red armour, the adopted son of Hideyoshi who was later ordered to commit seppuku to make way for Toyotomi Hideyori. Also next to him is an ashigaru holding his great standard i have no idea what it is but i has been taken from 16th heraldic scrolls.

The samurai on the right is one of hideyoshi’s shadow guards aparently there are a number of these exact armours that survive,

The other standard bearers have Toyotomi’s firstly great standard on his right, a fan with a red fukinuki which is made of resin as it would be too heavy in metal, then on his left his personal standard a 3d gourd with a gold flag, they both wear tiger fur jackets inspired by a screen painting of a standard bearer wearing tiger fur.

Steel Fist Miniatures announces a new pack of Samurai characters

April 15th, 2013

Steel Fist Miniatures preview one of the new packs due to be released in a week or so; elite samurai or hatamoto characters with unusual weapons, this pack has been a while in the making.

“The first figure in the hariy armour is wearing a compleatly fur covered gusoku, not based on an actual armour but there are several fur covered suits that survive, they were mainly bear or cow or yak fur, he is wearing a type of karwari kabuto that has a molded forehead made to look like a brow, his face has no mask but he is wearing a long full beard characteristic of the ainu people of north japan, they were famous for being able to grow full thick beards something which is not to common in japanese men. Ainu were also known to be very strong, the weapon he is carrying is call a kenemuchi, they can be seen in use in some japanese screen paintings smashing groups of samurai to the ground! it was similar to the kanabo but a little thinner and made of solid iron and it was also smooth unlike the kanabo, this was a weapon that needed great strength to use will skill men who took them would normally have a fierce reputation. His sashimono is a kind of bell.

The second figure is more traditional except he is wearing a gold lacured gusoku, his sashimono is a red fukinuki, and his weapon is a nagamaki, like a katana but with a very long handle, this weapon was apparently favored by Oda nobunaga.

The third figure is wearing an eboshi kabuto designed to look like a courtiers hat, this was a fairly common form of kawari kabuto, he is wielding a nodachi a long handled sword that could sometimes have a blade 5 feet long considerable strength and training was needed to use it with enough speed,and it would say somthing of a warrior who would choose to use one, they were the favored weapon of some master swordsmen, and are often seen in screen paintings. Also his sashimono is taken from a screen painting.”