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Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2024 11:56 a.m. PST

After reading an article in Wargames Illustrated #302, I decided to try this conflict. The article erroneously states that you can repurpose your ACW Union infantry for the Imperial army. They actually wore uniforms closer to the ones they wore during the Boxer Rebellion. There is a Satsuma Rebellion supplement to The Men Who Would Be Kings (not published by Osprey) available. What sold me on the period (aside from having a painted 20mm Samurai army) was the story, that I have yet to substantiate, that the Samurai were so feared by the Imperial troops that the Imperials had orders to fire on their own units if it looked like they were being overwhelmed by the Samurai.

Greylegion04 Apr 2024 3:36 p.m. PST

Very interesting. I enjoyed the read.

Glengarry504 Apr 2024 11:06 p.m. PST

I have considered getting into the Satsuma Rebellion as I'd bought the "Last Samurai Rebellion" supplement) and as i already have a large Boshin War collection, I understand I can use many of those figures for Samurai rebels. But I need Imperial Army figures, I was thinking of using the Crusader Boxer rebellion Japanese.

Glengarry504 Apr 2024 11:44 p.m. PST

Supposedly Wargames Atlantic was putting out a box of Boxer Rebellion plastic Japanese infantry but I haven't heard anything regarding it for awhile now.

Col Durnford Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2024 7:10 a.m. PST

If you were using 25mm, my thought, as usual, would be to go with Old Glory. They have infantry, cavalry, and artillery in their Boxer Rebellion line.

Rocco Siffredi05 Apr 2024 7:32 a.m. PST

Nick Stern, do you have pictures of your 20mm Samurai force?

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2024 7:58 a.m. PST

Rocco Siffrei, my Samurai are old school BandBMiniatures wearing elaborate armor, so not quite correct for the period. But I will use them anyway. The Samurai in The Last Samurai wore armor and I don't mind mixing a little Hollywood with my history.



Prince Alberts Revenge05 Apr 2024 8:05 a.m. PST

I purchased the TMWWBK supplement from my brick and mortar shop because it was on heavy discount. I admittedly haven't looked at it. I've played in the excellent Test of Honour games at the HMGS East cons to include the one that is a Boshin War (?) conflict. I don't know enough about the Boshin War and Satsuma Rebellion other than they were about eight years apart to discern the differences. Both seem interesting to me but I have too many other projects to complete before id tackle something like this.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP06 Apr 2024 7:23 a.m. PST

For the Samurai there is Fireforge

For the Imperial troops I have to agree that the issue is headgear – the Satsuma Rebellion Imperial forces had a very different cap than the ACW forage cap – Old Glory Boxer Rebellion infantry would work – also I think Mexican Revolution Federales in a cap would work




bobspruster07 Apr 2024 2:56 a.m. PST

Hi Nick,
For the Japanese army you might consider Jacklex: link
Stan Johansson might work better, tho:

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP08 Apr 2024 7:35 p.m. PST

bobspruster, thanks, I ordered a bunch of Jacklex and some Stan Johansson figures too. It's nice to have options.

Rokurota10 Apr 2024 2:56 p.m. PST
Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP10 Apr 2024 5:45 p.m. PST

I just got a few of the Bac Ninh character models to use with Test of Honour — superb sculpting, looking forward to painting them.

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP11 Apr 2024 11:36 a.m. PST

If I were doing the period in 28mm I would definitely go with Bac Ninh, though their prices are very high.

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