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Private Matter21 Jun 2013 7:15 a.m. PST

I'm looking for advice on which rules to use for 28mm samurai skirmish games. If you could recommend a set of rules and why it would be appreciated. I remember playing Katana to Yuri some years ago but a don't want hex driven movement. Rpthanks in advance for your suggestions.

evilcartoonist Inactive Member21 Jun 2013 7:55 a.m. PST

There's this set coming out in August, which is the talk of the town lately:

There are also complete warbands (about 10 figures each) available at Northstar Figures, that are purpose-made for Ronin:


Edit: I play samurai skirmish using Two Hour Wargames Chain Reaction Swordplay rules (which are free and highly solitaire-suitable.)

I also here there's a Song of Blades and Heroes title (can't remember the name right off) by Ganesha Games that are popular.

Personal logo Martian Root Canal Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2013 7:55 a.m. PST

Check the SAGA forums…there are adaptations of SAGA for samurai warfare in the works.

StCrispin21 Jun 2013 12:00 p.m. PST

I use GWs lord of the rings rules for all my skirmish games and have never been let down. there is a LOTR variant yahoo group with very nicely done samurai lists, or you can just pick an suitable stat line out of the book. I one used the Aragorn rules for Yojimbo versus a gang of chumps. they couldn't touch him. very cinematic!

dglennjr Inactive Member21 Jun 2013 12:01 p.m. PST

I've got these free ones on my blog.


Arteis Inactive Member21 Jun 2013 5:05 p.m. PST

'Bushi No Yume' by Rich Jones (Surf Shack Productions). Whilst I haven't actually played them, I do own the rules and they look very interesting and atmospheric for the setting.

Rich has been a fanatic of Asian warfare since he was a child, so you know he has the overall accuracy correct.


Personal logo herkybird Supporting Member of TMP23 Jun 2013 2:30 p.m. PST

Mine are free too at: link

SFSCTsik Supporting Member of TMP11 Jul 2013 12:20 p.m. PST

I recommend Naginata by Dropwing or Road to Osaka. Both are simple and flexible in play. Although maybe not as detailed as some people might like, they are very playable. I have adapted them for use with Sung, Yuan, Ming, Koryo and Choson armies.

Whitwort Stormbringer Inactive Member14 Jul 2013 10:36 p.m. PST

To follow up on StCrispin's post, I think LOTR SBG is a really solid rule set for pretty much any melee-driven skirmish gaming, and in addition to that there was an article several years back (in Wargames Illustrated, I think, don't recall which issue) titled "Legends of the Rising Sun", which included warband lists for samurai, bandits, monks, and ninja.

Sorry, wish I knew the issue #, I only have a digital copy (and can't even remember where I got that…)

That said, I have to admit being interested by the forthcoming Ronin game, especially the miniatures. Also, for the Ganesha Games title, was it Flashing Steel? I had kind of thought that one was more Hollywood musketeers and pirates, but that may make it suitable to samurai as well.

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