Here's a list of incomes in koku per province in Japan in 1598. Bear in mind that the land surveys necessary for the assessment were completed after 8 years of peace and after Hideyoshi's social reorganisation, so the situation during the actual Sengoku Jidai would have been different. However, the list serves as perhaps an… Continue reading Campaign resources: Income by province
I’ve returned to the campaign being generated by the board game ‘A Most Dangerous Time,’ which I wrote a bit about here. This time it was the Battle of Shōryūjijō. It is 1571 and Hosokawa Fujitaka is besieged in his castle of Shōryūjijō by the Miyoshi under Miyoshi Nagayasu. An Oda force under Takigawa Kazumasu… Continue reading The Battle of Shōryūjijō, a campaign game.
Till Weber's 2 volume series 'Die Samurai der Sengoku-zeit,' previously only available in German has gotten an English translation. This makes them easily the best 2 books for wargaming the Sengoku in English. I used to recommend the German versions to anyone who had the slightest ability to read German (I have them, and my… Continue reading Two ‘New’ Books on Sengoku Jidai Warfare
It's been a while, but I've done some more command bases, this time for the Takeda. These are the usual 25mm x 30mm bases, with Baccus commanders and printed Project Wargaming nobori bearers. These are for the Takeda around 1561. The bases represent Takeda Shingen, Baba Nobuharu, Kudō Sukenaga and Oyamada Nobuari, (or Nobushige etc.)… Continue reading Takeda command bases
Isaac Meyer’s History of Japan podcast has two episodes on ‘warrior monks,’ which do a good job of summarising Mikael Adolphson’s argument that the archetypal warrior monk, or sōhei, image so beloved of figure designers is an invention of the Edo period. In fact, the armies of Buddhist temples were really no different in appearance… Continue reading History of Japan Podcast on Warrior Monks
I've added a simple army generator to the downloads section. I made one ages ago for Tenkatoitsu, but hadn't got around to making one for Tenka Fubu. I should say that I haven't actually used it as I tend to generate armies 'by feel' for specific battles or scenarios, so there may be a lot… Continue reading Tenka Fubu Army Generator
I’ve finally got around to getting some figures on the table to have a go at my small battles rules Ningen Gojūnen and try out some changes I want to make to them. The battle is the Battle of Inō, 1556, which I’ve talked a bit about before. It’s a battle that’s described in a… Continue reading The Battle of Inō with Ningen Gojūnen
A bit of a long time since the last post, but I’ve been having a bit of a break from the Sengoku to do some other things. When I get back to it, it’ll be to have a go at the Battle of Inō. As all the units in the armies will be feudally organised… Continue reading Turning Feudal Contingents into Wargames Units
To add to the honjin for Hōjō Ujiyasu, I've made some commander stands. I've done 5 to begin with, but will have to add another 2 or 3. I'll then be able to improvise a Hōjō army for club games similar to what I've done with the Uesugi, by adding specific command stands to the… Continue reading Hōjō Commanders.
Following on from my Uesugi command honjin base, I've now made honjin for the other 2 great lords of Eastern Japan, Takeda Shingen and Hōjō Ujiyasu. As described previously, I've stuck to the banners mentioned in the Kōyō Gunkan for Takeda Shingen, along with two banners from one of the Kawanakajima battle screens. For Hōjō… Continue reading Lords of the Kantō