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Historical Overview

Sengoku period as covered by this list

The Sengoku jidai ("warring-states period") was a time when Japanese war tactics and technologies improved rapidly throughout the 15th and 16th century. Use of large numbers of infantry called ashigaru ("light-foot," due to their light armor), formed of humble warriors or ordinary people with nagayari (a long lance) or (naginata) were introduced and combined with increased use of cavalry in battle. The size of armies in the field increased too and ranged from thousands to hundreds of thousands.

The arquebus was introduced by the Portuguese via a Chinese pirate ship in 1543 and the Japanese succeeded in assimilating it within a decade. Groups of mercenaries with mass-produced arquebuses began playing a critical role. By the end of the Sengoku Period, several hundred thousand firearms existed in Japan and massive armies numbering over 100,000 clashed in battles.

In 1592, and again in 1597, Toyotomi Hideyoshi decided to invade China through Korea and mobilized an army of 160,000 peasants and samurai.(See Hideyoshi's invasions of Korea, Ch?sen-seibatsu. Taking advantage of its mastery of the arquebus, Japanese samurai made major gains in most of Korea. Kato Kiyomasa advanced to Orangkai (the northeastern region of current China) and crossed the Korean border, but withdrew when it was clear he had outpaced the rest of the Japanese invasion force.

A few of the more famous samurai generals of this war were Kat? Kiyomasa, Konishi Yukinaga, and Shimazu Yoshihiro. Shimazu Yoshihiro led 7,000 Samurai and defeated the tens of thousands of soldiers of Ming and Korean allied Forces at the Battle of Sacheon in 1598. Yoshihiro was feared as Oni-Shimazu ("Shimazu ogre") and his nickname spread across not only Korea but to Ming Dynasty China.

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Tactics

  • The goal of this army is to get across the table as quickly as possible and use the armour, spears and warrior status to overwhelm the enemy. The archers are good to put on the flanks to be able to shoot into the flank zones with the cavalry there to provide rear support and remove the threatened flank issue. The Samurai lead the way with a couple of ashigaru to provide rear support.
  • If winning the initiative and being faced by a cavalry strong army with lots of heavily armoured horse then consider putting down a coast to close off one flank with the probability that all the rest of the terrain will close the other flank and force the cavalry inwards.
  • Maximise rough terrain, especially plantations if the enemy has a lot of artillery.
  • Fights best as a foot army, with as many armoured troops as possible. The mounted are there for rear support and to fill gaps.
  • Using the foot in 6's gives you less staying power, but more flexibility to take on enemy units 2:1
  • The Hamamoto Guard can take on just about anything in any book
  • An IC is near-compulsary, as all your troops are Warriors so will suffer from bad Cohesion Test modifiers against anyone with artillery or lots of shooting
  • 4 Generals is also important, again due to the number of Warriors who cannot do divisional moves

Lists

Samurai (1529 AD) - 800pts spot and order of march not done yet..
All foot classed as warrior
3x TCs and one allied tc
  • 6x average armoured spear (allied)
  • 6x average armoured spear
  • 6x average Amoured bow
  • 6x superior heavy armoured spear
  • 6x superior heavy armoured spear
  • 6x superior heavy armoured spear
  • 6x superior heavy armoured spear
  • 6x superior armoured spear
  • 6x superior armoured spear (allied)
  • 6x superior armoured spear (allied)
  • 4x elite determined foot, heavy Armoured spear
  • 2x elite cavalry heavy armoured bow sword
  • 4x superior cavalry armoured bow sword
  • 4x superior cavalry armoured bow sword
14 BGs... Allied troops will be themed using sohei/warrior monks



Samurai used at the Southern League Take Away Round in 2013
  • 6 Samurai, Armoured, Superior, Warrior, Spearmen
  • 6 Samurai, Armoured, Superior, Warrior, Spearmen
  • 6 Ashigaru, Armoured, Average, Spearmen, Warriors
  • 6 Ashigaru, Armoured, Average, Spearmen, Warriors
  • 6 Samurai, Armoured, Superior, Warrior, Spearmen
  • 6 Samurai, Armoured, Superior, Warrior, Spearmen
  • 6 Samurai, Armoured, Superior, Warrior, Spearmen
  • 6 Samurai, Armoured, Superior, Warrior, Spearmen
  • 6 Bowmen, Armoured, Warriors, Average
  • 6 Bowmen, Armoured, Warriors, Average
  • 4 samurai Cavalry, Superior, Armoured, Bow/Sword
  • 4 samurai Cavalry, Superior, Armoured, Bow/Sword
  • 4 samurai Cavalry, Superior, Armoured, Bow/Sword
IC + 2 FCs

Japanese 1573 as used by Don Avis which won Warfare 2012

  • 1 x IC, 2 x TC, 1xAlly TC
  • 1 Hatamoto Foot Guards Dt Foot Hvy Armd Elite Spear Spear 4
  • 2 Foot Samurai (A) Warriors Armoured Superior Spear Spear 6
  • 3 Foot Samurai Warriors Hvy Armd Superior Spear Spear 6
  • 4 Foot Samurai Warriors Hvy Armd Superior Spear Spear 6
  • 5 Foot Samurai Warriors Hvy Armd Superior Spear Spear 6
  • 6 Ashigaru withYari Warriors Armoured Average Spear Spear 8
  • 7 Ashigaru withYari Warriors Armoured Average Spear Spear 8
  • 8 Ashigaru withYari (A) Warriors Armoured Average Spear Spear 6
  • 9 Ashigaru with Naginata Warriors Unarmoured Average Hvy W Hvy W 8
  • 10 Ashigaru with Yumi Warriors Armoured Average Bow 8
  • 11 Ashigaru with Yumi Warriors Armoured Average Bow 8
  • 12 Mtd Samurai with yari (A) Cavalry Armoured Superior Lt Lance Sword 4
  • 13 Mtd Samurai with yari Cavalry Armoured Superior Lt Lance Sword 4


Created by don.avis@ntlworld.com. Last Modification: Saturday 24 of May, 2014 15:44:15 BST by admin. (Version 5)

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