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Author Topic: Suggestions For 15mm Chinese Pirates And Japanese Wako Figures And Ships?  (Read 656 times)

Offline Cacique Caribe

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For Japanese Wako/Wokou, Iíve bought armed peasants from Eureka, Old Glory, etc.  Iíve also gotten hold of some Essex bowmen and naginata wielding soldiers. 

There is also a relatively new company, Mann miniatures, which seems to have a good selection of Feudal Japanese bandits, more armed peasants, and even ronin figures.  Of these many are unarmored but a few could pass for men wearing salvaged Samurai armor.

Eureka armed peasants: 
https://eurekaminusa.com/collections/samurai-15mm/products/300sam01
Old Glory armed peasants: 
https://www.oldglory15s.com/Peasants-SM15.htm
Essex: 
https://www.essexminiatures.co.uk/collections/15mm-samurai-900-1450ad/products/sam5
https://www.essexminiatures.co.uk/collections/15mm-samurai-900-1450ad/products/sam3
https://www.essexminiatures.co.uk/collections/15mm-samurai-900-1450ad/products/sam6
Mann miniatures:
https://miniaturesbymann.myshopify.com/collections/ronin/products/15mm-japanese-villagers-with-various-weapons
https://miniaturesbymann.myshopify.com/collections/ronin/products/15mm-japanese-bandits
https://miniaturesbymann.myshopify.com/collections/ronin

HOWEVER ...

For Chinese pirates, Iíve basically run into a dead end.  The only option would be to buy entire loads of ďManchuĒ and other types from various army ranges, just to get enough variants for the couple of ship crews I need.

And ships for each seem to be another dead end, except to sit down and scratchbuild my own.  Iíve already cut out some hulls from balsa and basswood for that purpose.

For ship to ship battle rules Iíve got nuthiní.

Any suggestions, on figures for the Chinese pirates, on the ships and the rules?

Thanks

Dan
« Last Edit: January 25, 2021, 01:09:38 PM by Cacique Caribe »

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I've nearly finished a couple of masters for some Japanese fune. Should be out next month sometime.

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I've nearly finished a couple of masters for some Japanese fune. Should be out next month sometime.

That is fantastic news!  I canít wait to see which ship types you come up with.

Thanks

Dan
PS.  Apparently the Wokou made it down to the philippines and even clashed with Spanish colonists there:
https://discover.hubpages.com/education/The-Battle-of-Cagayan-When-Spanish-Soldiers-and-Wokou-Pirates-Collide







« Last Edit: January 25, 2021, 11:44:13 AM by Cacique Caribe »

Offline WuZhuiQiu

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Might some of these Boxers be close enough?

https://www.oldgloryminiatures.com/products.asp?cat=9

Offline Cacique Caribe

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Not sure yet.  What did Chinese pirates of that time (1500s) actually look like?  Could the Boxer swordsmen and pole arms sets fill the role?

Dan
PS.  That said, I have considered getting those same packs to represent the followers of the pirate queen Ching Shih (of the early 1800s)
https://chingshihpirrette.weebly.com/map-and-timeline.html
« Last Edit: January 26, 2021, 07:50:21 AM by Cacique Caribe »

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Re: Suggestions For 15mm Chinese Pirates And Japanese Wako Figures And Ships?
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2021, 10:22:35 PM »
If you're still looking, Grumpy Miniatures do a range of Chinese Pirates for C16th. Available from Eureka (although seemingly at the moment only Aus and not Eureka UK). I had some of the Portuguese range they do years ago and as I recall they were very nice figures - true 15s I think as opposed to the more modern 15-18mm.

https://www.eurekamin.com.au/index.php?cPath=329_330_332&sort=3a

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Re: Suggestions For 15mm Chinese Pirates And Japanese Wako Figures And Ships?
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2021, 11:58:29 PM »
If you're still looking, Grumpy Miniatures do a range of Chinese Pirates for C16th. Available from Eureka (although seemingly at the moment only Aus and not Eureka UK). I had some of the Portuguese range they do years ago and as I recall they were very nice figures - true 15s I think as opposed to the more modern 15-18mm.

https://www.eurekamin.com.au/index.php?cPath=329_330_332&sort=3a

TBC

Thanks so much.  There are a couple of poses there that I hadnít seen before.  I guess I better prepare another list.  :)

Dan

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Re: Suggestions For 15mm Chinese Pirates And Japanese Wako Figures And Ships?
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2021, 12:56:59 AM »
Wako were multi-ethnic, you could use a wide mix of figures for them.

There's an article on wako from a Chinese point of view at the Great Ming Military blog here:
https://greatmingmilitary.blogspot.com/2016/06/enemy-of-ming-wokou-p1.html

And, some clarification on the Cagayan incident:
http://gunbai-militaryhistory.blogspot.com/2018/11/cagayan-battles-of-1582-debunking-hoax.html

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Re: Suggestions For 15mm Chinese Pirates And Japanese Wako Figures And Ships?
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2021, 05:50:12 AM »
Wako were multi-ethnic, you could use a wide mix of figures for them.

There's an article on wako from a Chinese point of view at the Great Ming Military blog here:
https://greatmingmilitary.blogspot.com/2016/06/enemy-of-ming-wokou-p1.html

And, some clarification on the Cagayan incident:
http://gunbai-militaryhistory.blogspot.com/2018/11/cagayan-battles-of-1582-debunking-hoax.html

Fantastic!  Based on the above, I think I am going to order from Eureka some Malay and other ethnicities, to mix it up appropriately.  :)

Dan

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Re: Suggestions For 15mm Chinese Pirates And Japanese Wako Figures And Ships?
« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2021, 11:52:07 AM »
Dan: I remembered the Grumpy miniatures (offered through Eureka Miniatures Australia) who had (amongst many others) chinese pirates: https://www.eurekamin.com.au/index.php?cPath=329_330
There are also Indonesian and Malay soldiers of whom some can be used too (although perhaps not the elephant ;-)).

Luc.

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Re: Suggestions For 15mm Chinese Pirates And Japanese Wako Figures And Ships?
« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2021, 01:03:53 PM »
Dan: I remembered the Grumpy miniatures (offered through Eureka Miniatures Australia) who had (amongst many others) chinese pirates: https://www.eurekamin.com.au/index.php?cPath=329_330
There are also Indonesian and Malay soldiers of whom some can be used too (although perhaps not the elephant ;-)).

Luc.

Excellent suggestion, Luc.  Iím adding a few of those to my shopping cart now.  Thanks so much.

Dan

Offline Pat Sibbald

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Chinese hordes and Japanese peasants from Museum give a nice variety of figures armed with improvised weapons and spears.  Most can be converted easily to be holding spears, swords or naginata.
https://www.museumminiatures.co.uk/japanese-peasants.html
https://www.museumminiatures.co.uk/chinese-male-hordes.html

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Chinese hordes and Japanese peasants from Museum give a nice variety of figures armed with improvised weapons and spears.  Most can be converted easily to be holding spears, swords or naginata.
https://www.museumminiatures.co.uk/japanese-peasants.html
https://www.museumminiatures.co.uk/chinese-male-hordes.html

Pat

Excellent suggestion.  Iím adding them both to my shopping list.  Thanks!

Dan

 

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