“When young Kichiro’s ship is attacked by vampires, he’s forced to jump overboard. Waking up on a beach in Japan, a good samaritan, Isamu, finds Kichiro and raises him along side his own son to become a Samurai. However, when the vampires that wrecked Kichiro’s ship come to Japan, there’s nowhere for Kichiro to run. ”
Let me begin by saying I love pretty much everything samurai related, and this just adds to my collection of cool comics. The story follows our unlikely young hero Kichiro, who after surviving a vampire attack at sea washes up on the shores of Japan. Luckily for him the Shogun just happens to be riding by and takes him in. The book moves very fast from this point on, making me kind of wish we had a chance to see the character develop a bit more. But this is a 5 issue limited series so you take what you can get.
The writing is sound and sets up the underlining plot lines rather nicely. The Vampires are trying to take over Japan to make an island buffet and Kichiro’s bad luck gets him into trouble with more than just vampires. The art is very cool, with great inking and color that really set the mood for the book.
If you are looking for something different in your comics, check out Bushido #1 (of 5) it moves fast and tells a good tale at the same time. (Issue #2 is in stores 10/9/2013)
Kensei is a new miniature wargame inspired in feudal Japan designed for two or more players.
The characters, histories and legends from Kensei ” War in Hymukai” are inspired by the history and mythology of feudal Japan and Asia. Created by Zenit Miniatures
These are the most beautifully sculpted Samurai miniatures I think I have ever seen. They have a really nice variety of military units: Dai-Katana Samurai, No-Dachi Samurai, Yari and Yumi Ashigaru, Naginata Monks, Ashigaru with Teppo(Rifles)
I like the fact that these are sold as sets, the Basic army pack includes 21 miniatures ($65.93/$3.10 per mini) for you to start forming your armies. The other sets contain 5 Samurai each ($26 -$35/ $5 – $7 per mini) Very reasonable considering the quality of sculpts.
They also have the individual Heroes from each of the clans, these are so cool. I wont go into the rules set for the system, i’ll let you look over the free Kensei Rulebook PDF and decide for yourselves if it will work for your play style. (updated version dec 4th 2012) Let me know what you think.
Also I wanted to mention one section of the rule book that I found very interesting:
Three factions: Before you start to play you must choose one faction to play your games. In this game there is a conflict among three social classes who struggle to dominate the Himukai Empire; these
are represented by three different factions: the Buke, the warrior class; the Kuge, the aristocratic class; and theSohei, the religious class. Choose your faction and create a clan belonging to it. In order to give more depth to your games you can make up the whole history of your clan, its name or its symbol (mon); you can also name your characters, name your Daimyo, establish the lands they rule over and the internal relations within the same clan. It all depends on the depth you want to provide the game with. Nothing prevents you from creating a campaign for you or at your game club; your only limit is your imagination.
I love this! I love a system that encourages its players to expand the game out side of just war gaming. I can see this system working great in conjunction with a Legend of the Five Rings RPG campaign. Which I plan on starting after I order my Army Box set! So plan on seeing a follow up review down the road. One other item I want to mention is a product by Craft Plast Games who make oriental buildings and bridges specifically for the 28mm Kensei miniatures.