The Sohei have always been some of my favorite figures for Samurai Era gaming. The distinct robes and hoods always stand out well, and the Naginata is one of the more distinct weapons of the time period. The brief segue into Skirmish gaming with Test of Honour inspired me to tackle a large chunk of the unpainted Samurai on the lead pile.
This group is primarily composed of the "Sohei Buntai" Northstar produced for Ronin. The boxed set comes with a command figure, three monks with Naginata and a pair each of Archers and Handgunners.
|The boxed set together|
|Another shot of the leader|
The archer figures are depicted in traditional robes without armor. The flowing robes work well, and the figure stringing his bow adds some nice character. My only quibble with these sculpts is the lack of banding on the bows themselves. The detail had to be painted on, which never looks as good as the actual detail from these distinctive bows.
The teppo sculpts are similar to the archers, with one presenting and one preparing his weapon. I went with the same combination of pale yellow and orange highlight. I actually mixed some of the yellow into the orange to try and subdue the hue somewhat, and it seemed to work well overall.
Adding to the warband, are a mix of Ikko-ikki figures from Perry's Samurai line. I have several packs of these, so selected a few of the minis with cowls to paint in similar tones to the warband above. I still have a large selection of handgunners and various melee troops to add to the mix as well.
Finally, I finished off the last of my Perry civilian pack. This guy will probably serve in the role of musician for a Sohei warband in Test of Honour.
I know it is a large diversion from completing my Zorndorf project, but it has been entertaining to expand the collection a little bit and take a bite out of the lead pile. I still have a few dozen more Samurai era figures to finish, so they are promising to dominate my April output. Never fear however, as there are three regiments of Russian Dragoons waiting in the wings.