Category Archives: Sengoku Jidai

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{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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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 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:

His models can be purchased at

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.