What begins as a small set of test figures often spirals out of control into a new project. Well, that may be the result of my samurai figure test. The figures are excellent and produce a very colorful army en masse. It would give me great pleasure to field an opponent against Jake's hordes.
Off the painting table are two units based for Samurai Battles and compatible for use on a four inch hex map. While Jake used a two inch by four inch base for each of his units, I didn't have any bases that size. I chose to improvise using two 50mm Litko hexes glued together to make a double hex base. The double hex base has a footprint that is slightly less than than four inches in length and about 2.25 inches in width at the hex apex. This double hex base should fit within the four inch map hex. As a bonus, the double hex basing allows me to use my two inch hex map for use with Samurai Battles. Of course, the double hex base will span two hexes rather a single hex.
As seen in the photo above, I kept Jake's original basing scheme of two ranks for missile troops and three ranks for shock troops. I increased the figure density for both shock troops (21 figures including two officers and one standard bearer) and missile troops (19 figures including two officers and one standard bearer). To me, the figure density looks about right but actual number of figures per stand is irrelevant for game play. Notice the black receptacle on the back right of each base. These will be used to accommodate Jake's nifty, interchangeable banners.
06DEC2012: Added two photos of the bow and spear taken on a white background. Is the white background preferable to the landscape background?