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Bread51411 Sep 2021 10:34 a.m. PST

I have bought 10 mm Japanese figures, and I also bought Killer Katanas 2 rules. For their 15mm figures their bases are 1 1/2" X1/2" for there foot (4 figures), and 1" X 1" for there mounted. Then they say you can base 10mm figures but to convert all measurements to centimeters. Does that mean you take the 1 1/2" X 1/2" and convert that number to centimeters… (4 centimeters X 1 centimeters). I am very poor in math,as you by now know…
Or if anyone knows of any free rules on Japanese warfare in around 1550-1650, I would love to know about them. Also of any info on painting 10 mm Japanese figures of that period.
Thanks for all the help…


CeruLucifus12 Sep 2021 1:22 a.m. PST

I'm not familiar with these rules but in general when a ruleset uses inches at one scale and then says "use centimeters" for a smaller scale, the intent is keep the same numbers but use a ruler marked in centimeters instead of one marked in inches.

Remember a centimeter is roughly 40% of an inch, so by doing this, all table distances are reduced in that proportion.

So in this example for 15mm when base size is 1.5x.5 inches, then for 10mm the basing is 15x5mm (= 1.5x0.5 centimeters).

As a practical matter you'd want to be sure your 10mm figures fit on a base only 5mm deep, and if not, work out some accommodation that you apply consistently. For example, possibly base depth has to be 7mm or 10 mm to fit.

Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2021 7:20 p.m. PST

OR…. Don't worry about it. Leave the base sizes the same. Just put an extra figure or two on the base, or leave them the same just wider spread. Remember, it's all about how you want to play it. Not something to loose sleep over.

As to painting guides, I suppose the easy first stop would be the Osprey books? Just checking my collection there was;
Osprey Men at Arms 086 Samurai Armies 1550-1615 with an update published as Osprey Battle Orders 036 Samurai Armies 1467-1649

Then there are the Campaign series of books 040, 069, 130, 170, 198 and 217. They're interesting but not painting guides as such. However, they do have great pics of the Japanese reenactor version of The Sealed Knot etc.

And then there is the Osprey Essential Histories 044, War in Japan 1467-1615 written by Stephen Turnbull. A lovely piece of writing with some great pics.

Between all of those you should have some decent painting info and a better understanding of the period you're getting into.

Bread51413 Sep 2021 1:49 p.m. PST

Hi Guys,

Thanks for all your help, I,m going to convert the inches to centimeters,and see if I can fit all the figures that should be on the bases. Would any of you know of either a free set of rules or not to expensive to buy ? Again, like I stayed, I'm somewhat new to all this, but I would like to build a Japanese wargame army for the Sengoku period. I have started to buy the figures from Pendrake, and I kind of like the figures, tho I,m thinking of making my own Sashimono for the figures, and also the Pavises as well. (I build Japanese dolĺhouses in small scales, so it might not be to hard on me …)
Got to go ,I,'ll be in touch later, See Ya,s


Bread51414 Sep 2021 9:04 a.m. PST

I was looking into some rules for playing with my Japanese army ( When it is done ). The rules are Impetus. Has anyone used them before ? What are the base sizes for this game ? Is it a hard game to play compared to Killer Katanas 2 ? Any idea on the bases? And are there any free rules out there for this period?
I know there are a lot of questions to answer, I'm sorry for that…


Bob514515 Sep 2021 10:55 a.m. PST

I was told to look into this rule book "IMPETUS". I picked up a set and though that the bases were somewhat ok. From what I can make out of the basing I kind off think the bases are are a bit large ( for 10 mm= 4 cm. X 2 cm.). This would be used foe heavy, light and missile troops. Does this sound aa little big for bases, I have not been able to read the rest of the rules. It does not sound to bad.
Got to run, talk to yo later, if someone has the perfect set of bases sizes, I would love to hear them, again thanks for everything.


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