Facts About The Samurai Photo Set:
Regarding the Backdrop and Environment:
-The ground cover is a very cheap indoor-outdoor carpet that I purchased about 20 years ago. -The background mural is composed of five 2’ x 1 ½ ‘ pieces of masonite held in place by large clips. I painted the sky which is just a wash of light blue paint over an overall background sky of a very light blue, almost white base color. The landscape was painted by my daughter. We did it all on one warm October day. Photoshop hides the joints, nails, and shadows. -The fields are by Musket Miniatures, and the rice paddies are scratch built using sheet plastic, putty and Woodland Scenics groundcover. (I typically use their Burnt Grass/fine and their Earth along with some fine ballast). -The trees are probably Woodland Scenics as well, but I’ve had them for so many years I just can’t remember for sure. -The raised earthen hills/mounds are made from small fruit cups cover with masking tape and paper mache.
Regarding the Buildings:
-The castle and outer earthworks are by Village Green, which is now owned by Stronghold Miniatures. -The defensive walls on top of the outer earthworks are scratch built using plastic, putty, and Milliput. -The buildings pictured in the Japanese village are by Hovels; several appear more than once but with modifications to reduce the problem of sameness.
Regarding the Equipment:
-The siege equipment is scratch built using plastic, wire, and Milliput. I got their design from a two-page drawing in Military Illustrated (June 1994, Number 73 pages 22 and 23) of a Japanese siege. -The rice bundles are made from Milliput, and the ladders are made from wire. -The short wooden mantlets are by Two Dragons.
Regarding the Samurai Figures:
-The vast majority of my Samurai figures are Two Dragons, but they also include Minifig, Old Glory, Essex, Naismith Design, and Peter Pig. (The Peter Pig line came out after I completed my armies, but I purchased several packs because they offered some very interesting and unique additions and are very compatible with Two Dragons.) -The geisha and peacock are by Preiser.
Regarding the Timetable:
My Samurai collection took me just over two years to complete.