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Rokurota07 Oct 2017 10:49 a.m. PST

The new Byakkotai and Aizu troops have arrived and these are finally available!

These new codes are:
BW-13 Byakkotai firing/skirmishing(4)
BW-14 Byakkotai advancing/charging (4)
BW-15 Aizu troops firing/skirmishing (4)
BW-16 Aizu troops advancing/charging (4)

Rokurota08 Oct 2017 3:27 a.m. PST

Lion in the Stars09 Oct 2017 6:30 p.m. PST

I'm telling you, gotta throw in some additional character minis, like Yamamoto no Yae.

Rokurota10 Oct 2017 8:29 a.m. PST

Yes, I'm working in Yamamoto no Yae, but need info about his clothing and equipment during the Boshin War. Any help is very welcome.

Lion in the Stars11 Oct 2017 3:30 p.m. PST

I haven't seen any period photos of Yae-chan. Pretty sure there was a jidaigeki and of course the Yae no Sakura manga to work with, if you don't mind a somewhat more fanciful interpretation of the lady.

Rabelais12 Oct 2017 2:12 a.m. PST

"Yae No Sakura" was also the 2013 NHK Taiga drama. Again, maybe not the best source for historical accuracy, but the promo shot looks cool

Wulfgar12 Oct 2017 2:19 p.m. PST

"Yae No Sakura" can be watched on I was so impressed that I bought the entire set on DVD for home use.

The series does a great job with the Boshin War, including the fighting in Kyoto, the siege of Aizu-Wakamatsu Castle (on which "The Last Samurai" is very loosely based), the death of Takamori Saigo, and the rise of the Shinsengumi. The battle scenes are pretty stirring, espeicially for an NHK drama aired on television. The actress Ayase Haruku comes across as a pretty inspiring leader during the siege.

The war ends about half way through the series, and the rest is devoted to Niijima Yae's efforts, as a convert to Christianity, to establish modern western schools in Japan. Her experience as a nurse during the Russo-Japanese war is also highlighted.

This is probably the most complete depiction of the Boshin War that I've seen on film. And its very well done.

Wulfgar12 Oct 2017 2:24 p.m. PST

This site has some interesting photos of Yae after her marriage to Joseph Hardy Niijima, as well as photos from the television series, and some nice manga.


Wikipedia has similar ones, along with a decent short biography:


Its easy to suspect that she may not have been photographed until her marriage to Niijima, after deciding to help bring western culture to Japan.

I'm sure that Rokurota has already seen these, but others might be interested.

My personal fave is of Ayase Haruka, the actress who portrayed Yae. I'd be happy with a miniature with her face^^


Rokurota16 Oct 2017 1:13 p.m. PST

Thanks for the info. ;)

setsuko17 Oct 2017 3:30 a.m. PST

I just came back from the Gory˘kaku fort in Hakodate, where they had an extensive exhibition on the Hakodate War (or Battle of Hakodate), at the tail end of the Boshin War. So now I'm pretty stoked about making two small opposing forces to duke it out through the streets of the pioneer towns of Hokkaido. :)

Rokurota17 Oct 2017 2:16 p.m. PST

Setsuko, welcome to the Boshin War!
Please let me know if you need some Bac Ninh minis. ;)

setsuko18 Oct 2017 1:07 a.m. PST

Rokurota: Thanks! :)

With the risk of kidnapping this thread, I think the first step would to get some bulk troops, and I'm looking at maybe a box or two of Perrys Union plastics, with Bac Ninh heads, would work.

It's a bit hard to tell from the pictures, but the main thing that strikes me is that the Perry troops have more extra gear (I've never seen pictures from the Boshin War of troops with rolls over their shoulders, for instance), and I'm not sure that the dinstinctive two straps (sorry about the bad pic, but all displays were behind glass and it was a sunny day):

Rokurota18 Oct 2017 6:01 a.m. PST


You are right Perry ACW have more extra gear. Boshin War troops only have one or two straps, for katana and cartridge box.
Hope this can help you.

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