As promised, a second unit of spear-wielding Ashigaru departs the painting desk. These 21 figures are Peter Pig like all of the 15mm figures in this project. Rarely, it seems, that a project is exclusively comprised of one manufacturer. The 15mm Samurai Battles collection is one such project.
This two-hex stand augments an existing clan which I designate as the "Running Man" clan. While I tend to build clans or brigades in a set composition of elements, I have found in games using Samurai Battles that more yari are needed than the default two units I field per brigade.
One note on the seemingly odd stand arrangement. My co-conspirator and motivator for this project uses a four inch grid for his Samurai Battle games, I wanted units having a four-inch width so that my units maintained the same frontage as his. Since I use a two-inch hex grid for some of my other gaming projects, two 50mm hexes are joined to form the BMU shown here. In Samurai Battles and Impetvs, number of figures per stand are not important, so the number of figures per stand is based on my notion of what looks good.
A BMU having a double hex base allows one of my stands to take up two hexes on the hex game mat providing a more linear look to the game. This arrangement also allows the possibility of introducing flanks and Zones of Control into the rules being considered.
With a couple of units freshly mustered off the painting desk, motivation is high to get the collection into battle. I wonder how long this urge will last?