INSPIRATIONAlthough I didn’t have any illustrations for the KoryuBuntai as such, I took inspiration for the colours for their clothes from the film Seven Samurai. It is true that this is a black and white film but luckily for me I was pointed to a place on the web that had sketches of the clothes from the movie in colour and these were invaluable as guidance on painting the models. I spent a long time studying the designs and trying to figure out how best to represent each design on a tiny model!Where there was no illustration I referred to my collection of historical samurai books, all the while trying to keep my colour palate for them very much Japanese in style.UNDERCOATINGIt is worth going over any model carefully just to make sure there are no sprue, flash or mould lines, clean any off with a sharp scalpel and a fine file. Undercoating is essential as it provides a consistent surface on which to apply the next coats of paint, and it shows up the detail on a model much more clearly than shiny bare metal. For the undercoat I used Humbrol enamel matt black. I usually undercoat in oil based paint as I find they give better coverage on the bare metal.THE PAINTI used Army Painter War Paints to paint Koryu Buntai, mixing up colours to suit my style and preferences. TheMega Paint Set provides an adequate range of colours for almost all needs, but you will always need to mix colours to get the desired results, however I have tried to work out colour combinations to reduce mixing if possible.
PAINTING THE KORYU BUNTAIThe Koryu Buntai box set gives you the perfect starter army to begin playing Ronin. This set is a particular favourite of mine. I think Steve Saleh has reached new heights with the subtle modelling of the samurai clothes, and they all have very characterful faces. Also as they are not in armour, it gives a great opportunity to go to town on those outfits and to make every one an individual character.