Hey I managed to get them done in less than a year. The other pack of Perry Samurai with Handguns finally crosses the finish line. I did these in red to complement the first six that were done in black. Similar to that group I went with two cloth sashimono and two 3-D sashimono.
I am not sure how I will use these under my current preferred rule sets. For Test of Honour, I may just ignore the rules and allow one of my Samurai to upgrade to a gun rather than a bow. Heresy I know, but history does not bear out a restriction on guns for a Samurai skirmish game. (And if the movies are to be used as an argument than, if a teppo is good enough for Katsuyori (Kenshin) to blast Lady Yae off of her horse when she challenged the Uesegi to a duel, then it is good for my version of a Hollywood-Style skirmish game.)
For two the strongest, I will just substitute one of these guys in for the commander of an Ashigaru unit to represent a hero.