10/10/2019 at 23:37 #124223
Some photos from 2 Bakumatsu era (mid 19th-century Japan) games using Test of Honour rules, one with guns, one with swords. The first game, based on the Kinmon Incident, saw Chōshū regulars advancing through Kyōto to be met by an ad-hoc group of Bakufu troops commanded (somewhat implausibly) by Kondo Isami and Yamanami Keisuke of the Shinsengumi.
Test of Honour is a rather ‘cinematic’ game and I think the rules need a bit more modification for fights between mostly rifle-armed troops. It might be better with forces made up of predominantly 3-man groups. I might just end up using a different set of rules though.
The second game saw a group of Shinsengumi watching an inn where suspected anti-Shogunate dissidents from Tosa were meeting. Before the rest of the Shinsengumi arrived to make the arrest, the Tosa samurai are tipped off and attempt to escape.
This was a much better game, as fights between unarmoured samurai is really what Test of Honour was designed for. I might still tone down the chanbara-style feel a bit for historical scenarios. And there are lots of historical swordfights involving the Shinsengumi…..
Figures mostly by Bac Ninh, with various manufacturers’ samurai in the second game. Buildings either scratch built or heavily modified TT Combat models.
"Gareth Bale is running amok here, he's running an absolute mok." - John Hartson11/10/2019 at 03:37 #124229Harry FavershamBlocked
That looks superb, you’ve done a great job there matey, it looks like a film set.
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"I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"11/10/2019 at 11:25 #124245MikeKeymaster11/10/2019 at 12:21 #124249
I’m hoping to get round to doing some of the historical skirmishes involving the Shinsengumi… For example the Aburanokoji Incident:
"Gareth Bale is running amok here, he's running an absolute mok." - John Hartson11/10/2019 at 14:32 #124259Darkest Star GamesParticipant
That just looks fantastic! I would love to read some AARs of these sorts of actions.
How the heck do you discover the info on these incidents?
"I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."11/10/2019 at 17:53 #124270
It can be quite tricky getting information. There is some material on the Samurai Archives site, Japanese sites often have maps or plans (Google images for the Kanji for the incident), some incidents appear in NHK Taiga dramas or other ‘jidaigeki.’ And I can get some other supplementary information with my rudimentary Japanese.
The Aburanokoji Incident, for example, is briefly described here https://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Incident_at_Aburano_Koji
"Gareth Bale is running amok here, he's running an absolute mok." - John Hartson11/10/2019 at 20:42 #124280ThomastonParticipant
I was about to say Taiga drama as well but those are usually dramatized but is a good place to start looking for info. Though they are good for character and participants names.
Tired is enough.11/10/2019 at 21:42 #124284
Yes, Taiga always bring up stuff to go and look up afterwards. Can be interesting how different ones portray the same incident, too.
"Gareth Bale is running amok here, he's running an absolute mok." - John Hartson14/10/2019 at 15:23 #124430Darkest Star GamesParticipant
Watched a couple of samurai movies over the weekend, not making resisting the gaming the period any easier!
"I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."15/10/2019 at 15:42 #124513
I’ve just started watching the “Shinsengumi!” taiga drama. Bound to lead to buying more figures.
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