TAG Gempei Wars Miniatures Review - part 2
After the Samurai on foot, let's see how they fare on horseback.
The mounted Samurai command group (GEM-009) includes a hero or
leader with Katana and severed head, a standard bearer and a hornblower.
The standard bearer is either balding or he shaved the front part of his
hair as some Samurai were known to do (apparently it was better that way
to wear the helmet). Once again the level of detail is beyond reproach
and the poses are interesting. I like the fact that most of the mounted
figures are sculpted holding the reins of the horse with their left hand.
Many figures from other ranges seem to control their mounts with their
knees alone. Like with the foot models, a small hole is present to attach
the sheathed weapon / empty sheath. All three models fit on the horses
archer figures (GEM-004) are mounted versions of the Samurai with bows
on foot. As such there's very little new to say about them. They're good
poses and look fairly dynamic. There are no holes to attach a sheathed
Katana to the sides. All figures are in yoroi with helmets. That's pretty
much it I suppose.
other two packs of mounted figures are Samurai with Katana (GEM-003 &
GEM-010). All of them are in yoroi and wear helmets. Unlike the archers,
these aren't mounted versions of their unmounted counterparts, although
the one drawing his sword uses the same torso and arms as the foot model
in eboshi. Three of the models have small holes to add weaponsheaths,
three don't. Interestingly, one of them seems to be lefthanded. I thought
Samurai never used the left hand to hold the Katana (unless they were
holding two of them of course). I would have preferred to see them equipped
with Tachi rather than Katana, since the former was after all designed
for use on horseback, but then at this scale who's going to notice?
The riders make only half the figure of course and no mounted Samurai is complete without a worthy horse.
There are three horse variants, with one of each pose in eachpack. At a first glance I thought they looked too thin, but now I realise that's because I was used to looking at the more robust horses from other manufacturers. I think the proportions are actualy very nice, especially on the first one. Again the sculptor went the extra mile to add some detail to the reins and other bits. In the picture this can best be seen on the third horse. Nice.
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