Monday, January 27, 2014

Peasant Buntai

Yet another buntai for Ronin – Skirmish Wargames in the Age of the Samurai that we will be using in the 10th Annual Wargaming Birthday Bash/Winter Wargaming Weekend. This buntai represents villagers and some ronin they've hired - sort of like in the Seven Samurai - except there's eight samurai here... and a warrior monk... and they couldn't all be fielded at the same time...

I'm not sure how they will work out. After Last Week's Game between the Bandit and Bushi buntais I'm thinking this may not be too bad. The peasants are completely ineffective on their own - but their sheer numbers (bolstered by a few Ronin) could be pretty effective...? We'll have to give them a try out sometime this week. 

(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version)

The whole bunch of them. The majority of these are all from Black Hat Miniatures (with a few from from The Assault Group and one from RAFM

36x Peasants
Improvised Weapons
@4 points each
The majority of the Peasants (the ones with the sharpened bamboo poles) are all from Black Hat Miniatures, the remainder (below) are from The Assault Group. At least 30% of a peasant buntais points must be spent on peasants – the rest are spent on Swords for Hire. I don’t actually HAVE 36 peasants I just have the 18 shown here – as we will only be fielding 150 point buntais for scenarios I highly doubt there would even need to be more than 12-15 on the table.

These peasants, from The Assault Group, I figures I could throw in for a bit of variety or as Peasants that need to be kept track of - i.e. ones that didn't die in their first two games or so, gained expreience, and have actually advanced in ability

Swords for Hire

All of the Ronin below are from Black Hat Miniatures, the Monk is from RAFM.

Senior Ronin
Heavy Armour, Katana, No-Dachi
Commander, Kenjutsu, Fast, Powerful
40 points

Katana, No-Dachi
Commander, Kenjutsu
26 points

2x Ronin
Medium Armour, Yumi, Katana
Kyujutsu, and one other ability
@30 points

NO Armour, Yumi, Katana
Kyujutsu, and one other ability
27 points

Medium Armour, Katana
Kenjutsu, Nitten
27  points

2x Ronin
Kenjutsu, and one other ability
@23 points

Warrior Monk
Fearless, Bojutsu
28 points

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

The Ikko-Ikki


  1. Simply stunning! The patterns on the robes are impressive and really quite exquisite.

  2. Agree with Jonathan, love the clothes!

  3. Dear Sir,
    May I know which set of Black Hat Ronin that your Heavy Armour Senior Ronin with No Dachi (Senior Ronin
    Heavy Armour, Katana, No-Dachi Commander, Kenjutsu, Fast, Powerful 40 points) came from? Is he from SAM14 or the No Dachi set?

    Thank you

    1. Hi Philip!

      I'm sorry I can't recall which pack the figure came from. It doesn't really look like any of the figures pictured on the Black Hat website. It is possible he came SAM 14 (which has no picture), but I can't say for certain. It would seem odd to me as the pack is described as "Ronin with two Katanas" and the figure i question clearly has only one? I'm actually on vacation right now, but when I return home I could pull out all the black hat figures and arrange them by pack and suss out which pack he came from - I'm sorry I can't be more help at the moment.

  4. Thanks! By the way I found this Japanese drama quite interesting especially in the beginning, more on border skirmish in the backwater state during the early sengoko period.