Yayoi Japanese 500BC-275AD.
The Yayoi period was an Iron Age culture traditionally dated 300 BC to 300 AD. It is named after the neighbourhood of Tokyo where archaeologists first uncovered artifacts and features from that era. The earliest written records about people in Japan are from Chinese sources from this period. Wa, the Japanese pronunciation of an early Chinese name for Japan, was mentioned in 57 AD; the Na state of Wa received a golden seal from the Emperor Guangwu of the Later Han Dynasty. Early Chinese historians described Wa as a land of hundreds of scattered tribal communities rather than the unified land with a 700-year tradition as laid out in the 8th-century work Nihon Shoki, a partly mythical, partly historical account of Japan which dates the foundation of the country at 660 BC. Archaeological evidence also suggests that frequent conflicts between settlements or statelets broke out in the period. Many excavated settlements were moated or built at the tops of hills. Headless, human skellingtons discovered in Yoshinogari site are regarded as typical examples. In the coastal area of the Inland Sea, stone arrowheads are often found among funerary objects.
- The army is pretty pants to be honest. It appears never to have been used in competition.
- About the best you can conjure up is an undrilled MF army with lots of offensive spearmen, which are unlikley to cause that much offence to any possible opponents
Have a look for them on the Official FoG Database on the FoG site. You won't find them.
User-contributed links about this army:
- Online History page about the Neolithic - Yayoi period
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As well as a handful of pre-Samurai Japanese armies out there, probably the more barbarian-ey types from contemporary CHinese and Korean armies might be appropriate. A listing of who supplies what can be found in my 15mm Suppliers directory.
You can see some of the figures in the Ancients Photo Gallery also on this site
- Outpost - Pre-samurai Japanese Range
- Khurasan - an actual honest to goodness Kofun-Nara Range
- Viking Forge - Early Japanese Range
- Essex Miniatures Shang, Chou (Zhou) & CH'in (Qin) Chinese ranges
- Gladiator Miniatures by Fighting 15's (Gladiator Games) Han & Ch'in (Qin)
- Magister Militum Qin range
- Museum Qin, Zhou and Shang ranged based on the Terracotta Army
- Viking Forge - Qin Chinese range
- Brial Hallâ€™s Hall of Ancient Warriors Ch'in range
- Battle Line (NZ) former TTG Ranges - Han Chinese
- Bears den Warring States are their only 15mm range
- Jacobite Ch'in Chinese range
Sample army lists for this army
Name of Army / Date
- Using asterisks inthe edit mode creates a bulleted list in the actual site
- This is a lot easier to do than easier than setting up tables
- For FoG I suggest listing your army in order or march
- with troop desctiptions on each line, for example
- 4 HF Armoured Average Drilled Impact Foot Swordsmen
- 8 LG Undrilled Unarmoured Poor Bowen
- Dont forget to include your Generals !!!
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