Category Archives: Perry Miniatures

Art of the Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armor 1156-1868

Next week, an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens on Art of the Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armor.  See http://www.metmuseum.org/special/se_event.asp?OccurrenceId={F8E9ACA7-5B17-471F-9394-D298E7E53159}.  Should be a good show.  They’ve got some great pieces in the collection and this looks to be supplemented by some rarely seen pieces.  The Met is hailing this as the first exhibition devoted to Japanese Arms and Armor conservation.  I’m not sure if that’s true, but it will be great to see some works on paper and many of the spectacular pieces you rarely get to see.  I hope to get in there and take some pictures, if possible.  Art of the Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armor, 1156–1868 October 21, 2009–January 10, 2010 The Tisch Galleries, 2nd floor.

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Photographing Miniatures with an SRL Camera – Part II

Here are photos of the miniatures, including some from Cavalade Wargames (www.cavalcadewargames.com).  I chose the subjects due to the contrast in black and white or the abundance of color.

Cavalcde Goblin Wolfriders

Cavalcde Goblin Wolfriders

Cavalcde Samurai Orcs

Cavalcde Samurai Orcs

Perry Samurai

Perry Samurai

Empress Miniatures - Zulu War

Empress Miniatures - Zulu War

Wargames Foundry Orcs

Wargames Foundry Orcs

Perry Miniatures – Samurai

Here are a few quick and dirty pictures of my Sengoku Jidai Japanese in the display case.  The miniatures are all by Perry Miniatures.  In my view, they are the best 28mm samurai ever sculpted.  There are more detailed sculpts out there, and some of the castings have problems (for example not fully cast armor), but the overall appearance looks very realistic.   I have several resin buildings by John Jenkins Designs supplemented with some other materials as well.   They’re in storage at the moment, but hopefully I can get some pictures up of those.

The photos are pretty washed out.  You can’t even see the detail I painted onto the silks and the drybrushing is glaringly more obvious than it appears in real life.  In any event, here they are.  I’ll hopefully be doubling the size of this force before Historicon and the goal is to have a game set up by Historicon 2010 (i.e. Baltimore).  We’ll see if I can get that many painted before then.

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James Sharpe’s Siege of Okamoto-Jo

James Sharpe is an architectural model maker who also produces custom wargaming scenery as well as a line of models focusing mostly on the Sengoku Jidai (one of my periods of interest).  I’ve been a big fan of his for some time as I’ve seen his models online and on his webshop Oshiro Model Terrain.  After a long break from painting samurai, I hope to put my nose to the grindstone and get back to painting my Perry samurai.  A recent posting on http://www.theminiaturespage.com showed a blog posting of Sharpe’s table for the Siege of Okamoto-Jo which is aiding in my inspiration.  You can view it here:

http://ilovewargameing.21.forumer.com/viewtopic.php?t=2265&start=0

His models can be purchased at http://www.oshiromodelterrain.co.uk.

I didn’t see it in the flesh, but it appears to be the best Age of Warring States wargaming table I’ve ever seen.  I understand it won Best of Show at Salute.  It certainly deserved it.  Here’s a sample picture:

James Sharpe's Sengoku Jidai Table

The miniatures all appear to be by Perry Miniatures.  The beautiful ship appears to be scratch built as I believe are all of the terrain.