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Beginner game box character as painted minis

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I started a L5R campaign using ht new FFG rules recently. We used the Beginners game box and had a lot of fun. Consequently I had to get and paint some suitable minis. From left to right:
Doji Ren Courtier of the Crane Clan - I used a Samurai from the core Okko box and swapped the head for a female Statuesque mini head. I underlines his soft androgen Crane look.
Togashi Yoshi Tatooed Monk of the Dragon Clan -A Pathfinder Human Male Monk that is just painted in suitable Dragon colours.
Isawa Aki Shugenja of the Phoenix Clan -A Rising Sun boardgame mini in Phoenix colours.

more pics on my site: http://www.adpublishing.de/html/fantasy__oriental_.html

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Since years I am interested in Asian warfare. Ancient Japan and China was always a place special to my imagination. Asian warfare, especially Sun Tzu and the Bushido Code of honour had fascinated me for years. I have countless books about Samurai and Chinese armies.

As far as miniatures and miniature games are concerned I was less enthusiastic. That changed when Clan War was coming out back in the 90s. Great setting and - at that time - great minis. Unfortunately their later minis were less then good and all in all the game fumbled quite soon. I still like the game, but nobody is playing it. The setting itself is still one of my favourite Fantasy settings. I can only recommend the Clan War novels and the recent FFG RPG!
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The good thing is that today we are spoiled with good new miniature ranges for almost every setting. For the domain of Fu Leng - the Shadowlands - the above undead Samurai from the great Kensai range are very fitting!
I use colours of the Unicorn clan, the next 5 will be Crab colours. Lost patrols...

more pics on my site: http://www.adpublishing.de/html/fantasy__oriental_.html

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On ‎7‎/‎27‎/‎2019 at 12:28 PM, Agis said:

That changed when Clan War was coming out back in the 90s. Great setting and - at that time - great minis. Unfortunately their later minis were less then good and all in all the game fumbled quite soon. I still like the game, but nobody is playing it. The setting itself is still one of my favourite Fantasy settings. I can only recommend the Clan War novels and the recent FFG RPG!

I would be interested to see a resurrected version of Clan War. Given that FFG's Runewars has died a death, they may be hesitant to pump resources into the game, but I'd love to see it - maybe on a slightly larger scale? Something closer to Warmaster or whatever* than the "I brought twelve models....look I have an army!" that a lot of recent 'battle' games use.

Not least because you'd be tripping over the excellent Test of Honour at the moment if you did that.

 

* If I wanted to just do something with my gaming group, I believe Pike and Shotte has a Samurai army list for roughly the right period, and a lot of multipart models and terrain.

Edited by Magnus Grendel

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You can also find samurai minis in games like Test of Honor (https://testofhonour.com/) and Kensei the miniatures game (http://web.zenitminiatures.es/en/kensei-the-game/)

Kensei generaly only have metal minis, while Test of Honor come in plastic spruce, with a bit more customization possible.
They both work rather well with L5R, but are a bit lacking in the fantastical areas. 

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