Painting and basing

Hōjō Commanders.

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.

Painting and basing

Lords of the Kantō

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

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


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