Wednesday, 4 February 2015

A new project for 2015...

Which will be the Invasion of Japan!

After visiting Hakodate on Hokaido (the home of the five pointed 'Vauban' fort, Goryokaku) I've had a bubbling in the back of my mind to do some Edo period games, this has now developed into the idea of a full blown invasion of Japan by the British.

With the Perrys recent BIF releases and the ever (slowly) expanding range from Bac Ninh figures it would seem daft not to explore this rather interesting period in history.

Just so we are clear, the British never really invaded Japan with any great force, just a few minor actions here and there so why not expand this into something a little more exciting :-)

I only have a few figures painted and a nearly complete shop for it at the moment but I am drawing up the British consolate in Hakodate and have plans for steamships, part of Goryokaku and various other period specific terrain items.

Having plenty of Japanese terrain helps but something from the time is certainly in need of building (more on which later).

For now I'll leave you with some pictures of the figures that are painted so far and the wip of the shop







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 ttfn

19 comments:

  1. Nice. What rules do you plane on using for these games?
    I have also been thinking of maybe making an American intervention force also.

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  2. I think it will be a Sharp Practice mod, we're quite used to the rules now :-)

    cheers

    James

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    1. Haven't done it yet lol

      We're used to the normal rules as we play TexMex quite a lot and it won't be too far from that with the weapons etc, just need to add something to give it flavour :-)

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    2. Maybe some Wasabi! Hmm
      that's a tough one it's an era I don't know to much about. I can guess the Japanese would most likely have an advantage in close combat, at least the old style units, but bound that I'm at a lose.

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    3. Well, the systems uses cards so it could be used as the Tiffin card lol

      A lot of the Japanese soldiers would be fairly new to combat being raised from the farmers etc but the more experienced troops would have been from samurai heritage and therefore should be fairly good. The British I would imagine would be fairly good all round, it'll be interesting to get the balance right.

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    4. Yeah, I can see it ranging from the highly motivated and surprisingly competent amateurs, to the guys who jump when they fire their own rifles. Similarly you'll have the samurai who lives and breathes honor and glory. But his Cousin from the city is a drunken womanizer and has only ever drawn his sword to cut up rice roles.
      Damn my mind is going every where now, need the police, fighting schools, rival clans, bandits, Mafia, some yojimbos, (sp) and a six shooter samurai or two.

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    5. All great ideas and will hopefully make an appearance :-)

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  3. Fascinating idea, I love counter-factual, "what-if" gaming. Are you planning on playing a campaign, or just getting some one-off games up and running first?

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  4. Excellent work on these fine sculpts!

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  5. Many thanks chaps :-)

    I think a few one off games to get a feel then I'd like to do a campaign, maybe just set on Hokaido for starters and if it's successful (and the British don't mess it up) move on to the rest of Japan.

    cheers

    James

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    1. If they do good, you can use that as an excuse to bring in some French, Prussian more Russian troops. Got to grab the land while you can.

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    2. That's opening a whole new kettle of fish lol

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  6. Very interesting to see wargaming projects in eras I never heard of. Looking forward to follow your project.

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  7. Thanks Micheal, I hope it will pan out as I want :-)

    cheers

    James

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  8. Nice projects and beautiful figures!

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  9. A very interesting project, James. I'm looking forward to seeing more of it.

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  10. Thanks again gents :-)

    cheers

    James

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