History

Guns, shot and powder

I recently came across an article by historian Hirayama Masaru, contrasting the usage of guns at Nagashino by the Oda and Takeda. The upshot of his thesis is that the Oda advantage in guns was not just in the quantity of the weapons themselves, but also in the quantity of shot and gunpowder. Simply put,… Continue reading Guns, shot and powder

History

Campaign Resources: Population

Following on from the list of income by province, here’s a map showing an estimation of Japan’s population distribution around the time of the Sengoku. Most board games or campaigns tend to treat each province as being equal, which can make those daimyō who controlled many provinces that may have been relatively poor and/or low… Continue reading Campaign Resources: Population

History, Painting and basing

Takeda Shingen’s ‘Sun Tzu’ Flag and Wargaming Aesthetics

Probably the most famous flag of the Sengoku Jidai is Takeda Shingen’s ‘Sun Tzu’ banner, bearing a quotation from Sun Tzu, meaning something like “"as swift as the wind, as calm as the forest, as fierce as fire, as unshakable as a mountain." There is, unsurprisingly for the Sengoku period, no contemporary evidence that such… Continue reading Takeda Shingen’s ‘Sun Tzu’ Flag and Wargaming Aesthetics

History

The Campaign Year and the Myth of Nobunaga’s Ashigaru

Here is a useful graph showing the frequency of battles (using battles here to mean ‘military actions’ rather than major engagements) by month across the Sengoku period, and contrasted with the agricultural year. The information was collated from research done by Nishimata Fusao as part of an investigation into the background of ashigaru. The graph… Continue reading The Campaign Year and the Myth of Nobunaga’s Ashigaru

History

Overlapping waves: Military development in the Sengoku Jidai

16th century Japan was a time of great social change, but also of military change. And while this is often acknowledged in Sengoku Jidai supplements or army lists, often very little variation is represented. The usual variance in army lists is provided by the imaginary and contrived ‘clan traits*.’ This is, perhaps, understandable given that… Continue reading Overlapping waves: Military development in the Sengoku Jidai