|DBA IV/59: Post-Mongol Samurai; Essex Miniatures.|
The sculpting is also a bit of a mixed bag. The armor has small details that are finely carved, which makes it difficult to paint effectively using either highlighting or ink washes. Jeff traded these away because they were a pain in the butt to paint, and I see what he means.
|4 Hordes. Washed with Army Painter strong tone dip.|
I did a bit of a rush job on the painting, but the figures really didn't inspire me very much. The greatest inspiration I had was to get better Samurai figures to paint a second army with. Unfortunately this would force me to paint a third army for BBDBA, because what can you do with only 2 armies?
|2x3Sp. These are Light Spear in DBA 2.2+.|
I painted the one mandatory 3Sp element, and one additional element that I primed along with it. I like the way the back flags look. The Triforce symbol was used by the Late Hōjō Clan in the 15-16th century long before it was used by Nintendo in the Legend of Zelda series.
|Cavalry and Cavalry general. Essex miniatures.|
|6x4Bd, Essex Miniatures.|
The cloth was all painted with brushed-on highlights. I didn't use any patterns on the cloth except on one figure, though I expect technically there should be more.
This is not one of my better painted armies, but at least it's not in the "unpainted" pile anymore. I still have 3x3Sp to paint, as well as a camp, but those will have to wait until I have another opportunity to play with the army again. Maybe next year at Cold Wars?
I really like the look of Samurai and their armies, but DBA just isn't very nice to them. It's a difficult army use out of its historical period.