Blog discription

What will you find here? Ramblings from an aging gamer-miniature painter. When I first started out in this hobby computers were in their infancy and finding other gamers could only be done by going to conventions or as in my case bumping into somebody who happened to see me reading "Panzer Leader" on the school bus. Look how far we have come! The internet has allowed our small community to be able to connect on a level I never dreamed of when I was but a small lad. What I do hope you will find here is something interesting from one wargamer/miniature painter to another. I paint miniatures somewhat decently, so I will be posting some pictures of my work, and perhaps a review or two of games and/or miniatures. Most of all this is just about having fun and anything I post here is meant to be for that reason.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

KOSAKA MASANOBU retainers, a mounted Samurai unit for Saga

Kosaka was known as the "Nige Danjo" (literally, the fleeing Danjo (Danjo stands for a formal title, Danjochu)), because of his cautious commanding and skillful retreats.

Hero of the fourth "Battle of Kawanakajima" as the general in command of Kaizu castle, Kosaka played an important role in this battle. He informed Takeda via signal fires of the movements of Uesugi Kenshin's army as it approached, and then led the sneak attack up the mountain Saijoyama with 8,000 of Takeda's men in order to drive Uesugi's men down to the plain where they could be surprised by Takeda's army. Even though the tactic failed, Kosaka led his men back down the hill, attacking Uesugi's army from the rear, turning the tide of the battle.

So we come to my little elite unit (hearth guard in Saga) I've painted up for my Saga warband. September 16th I will be meeting my nemesis in the field (he is bringing an Oda Nobunaga list) to battle against what was supposed to be my Takeda list. Unfortunately my other mounted Samurai that I needed are on back order so I will have to do a vanilla list (very sad face here). But it is more important to cross swords with my long time friend as we only get to see each other a couple of times a year. In the past when we had 15mm Samurai DBA armies we would drink Saki, and eat sushi. A tradition that I intend to keep going. It will be glorious and songs will be sung about our great adventures long after we have left this earth...... okay probably not, but one can dream;)

So here is my four man Elite/hearth guard mounted Samurai unit, miniatures by Perry.

I use Crystal Clear to coat my miniatures. It doesn't yellow with age and it's like nail polish sealer in that it's not easy to scratch the paint on these boys. To take the shine off I use Testor's Dulcote. It's a new formula these past few years so doesn't give them a complete flat finish look, but still I like the result. Besides they're toys after all so a little shine makes you think this;)

As always thanks for looking