Monday, 27 June 2011

28mm Ronin.

What about this heat in the UK (28C yesterday and talking about 31C today, not good for a flame haired pale Irishman)), feels like I have a reservoir in my underwear, no air conditioning and takes me back to my days in the kitchens but anyway...........

A Ronin was a Samurai with no lord or master during the feudal period (1185-1868) of Japan. A samurai became masterless after the death or fall of his master, or after the loss of his master's favour or privilege.

The word Ronin literally means "wave man". The term originated in the Nara and Heian periods, when it referred to a serf who had fled or deserted his master's lands. It then came to be used for a samurai who had lost his master.

See here for a tale of the most famous Ronin  47 Ronin

The figures are mostly Old Glory I believe, the rest of my collection are Perry Miniatures, during the games my fellow rejects could not tell the difference between leaders and heroes and regular troops so I had to colour the bases so they stood out a little.



 

52 comments:

  1. Same as my country! Headless!!! :-)
    Great work Fran, and please 31C degrees is a typical summer day in Greece!
    T.

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  2. Cool figs, nice and colourful, and im really liking the freehand patterns there, well done.

    And yea, similar temperatures here in bavaria, and im told its to get even warmer. Phew!

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  3. Those awesome freehands give each of them a lot of character. Great work.

    I like the warmer weather... the skirts get shorter...

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  4. Nice, good film too, what did you rate that one?

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  5. Nice of you to consider the other rejects like that. Very nice work on the figures, they are excellent.

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  6. Great job, they look excellent. I wish I could trade spots with you, still cold over here.

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  7. @Al: Ronin was a great movie, haven't seen the 47 Ronin movie (hard to get for me).

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  8. Very cool my friend, unlike the UK weather! But you are an Irishman (as is my heritage BTW), so no whining like a Pom OK? :-)

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  9. These are beautifully painted, Fran.

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  10. Very nice ronin. Its almost as hot there as it is in North Carolina!

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  11. Another great paint job! Always a pleasure to see your figures

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  12. @Paul: Apologies, I've been living here too long.

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  13. The guy on the left has the most epic moustache ever!!

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  14. These are some nicely painted and cool looking figures.
    Temperature here at the moment is 30.8C.

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  15. I've found out only recently what word ronin means :) One of my friends explained it to me when we mentioned new Keanu Reeves film set in China with RONIN in its title :)

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  16. Very nice my sweaty ginger friend!

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  17. That one with the red base is the sweetest of them all.

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  18. Veeery nice. I´m impressed and I like them!

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  19. im impressed too! major talent and skill goes into something like this :)

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  20. I am very impressed. Good job.

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  21. They look great Bro!
    I am looking forward to seeing your 15MM painting...
    ;)

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  22. Great stuff as always. My wife likes this period in history so it helps validate my checking out your blog when I'm supposed to be washing dishes... (I know, I know...washing dishes)

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  23. Oh they're very nice. Lovely job; well done.

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  24. Very nice Fran. You've just reminded me: I've finished a squad of Human Marines plus some support units and an Asari commando squad for my Mass Effect Games. Forgot to colour code the bases for Tomorrow's War. Ah well.

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  25. "Wave man" reminds me of Unsui, or "clouds and water" which is a term used to describe novice Zen monks who are supposed to drift without attachment to ideas or form.

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  26. Do you ever miss working in the kitchen?

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  27. we have a client named Ronin.....a financial firm that plays the stock market.

    a leaderless warrior sounds dangerous....kinda like Rambo!

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  28. Very nice work! Especially like the various patterns on the fabrics.

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  29. Reminds me of the Frank Miller art of Ronin the comic book series.

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  30. Excellent! - I too think I now know what it is to be an 'Old sweat'!!! - and its not as hot in Northumberland!

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  31. that second figure is perfect :)

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  32. Really awesome -- your collection is incredible.

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  33. Great detail work, particularly on the leftmost figure.

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  34. Those are so cool. I'm jealous.

    As for the weather, it's been at or above 100 the last week where I'm at.

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  35. Wow those are seriously fantastic. I love how they are uniquely colored and detailed.

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  36. This is very educational with Japanese terms, especially if we remember them after seeing them used in the right context.

    Over here we don't even understand those French temperatures you guys are using from the EU.

    It was 89 F here just before the tornado struck and that's what cooled things off, for a while. The time I talked about 91 F being too hot would be 32.5 C it looks like.

    Here's a handy conversion chart from the New York City subway where somebody noticed the numbered street stops on the Number 6 Green Line, if they were Fahrenheit, would mathematically equal 5 degree jumps in Celsius, within 0.6C at the worst, up to 103 which was their hottest ever in NYC. It starts with Toity-Toid Street, 33rd, running up the East side of Manhattan:

    33 F 0 C
    42 F 5 C
    51 F 10C
    59 F 15C
    68 F 20C
    77 F 25C
    86 F 30C
    96 F 35C
    103 F 40C

    Since I have 87F right now, looks like I am within a rc hair of where you are temperature-wise, speaking of red hair.

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  37. Ronin are pretty much the original Japanese B.A.M.F.s, also, I'm trying to remember if that had something to do with the starting of the Yakuza.

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  38. Great figures and paint Fran. be glad you are not over here, forecasts are for 32-37.8c this week

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  39. 31c is a nice cool day in Western Australia.

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  40. The Ronins look fantastic!

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  41. Wow that IS hot for Britain! The Ronin were an odd bunch though. The freest men in feudal Japan, yet they begged for bondage. Bang up job in the details, my friend!

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  42. Hi Fran,
    you really have a stunning japanese collection, really nice work!!
    About temperature, never come to Rome then, actually, we are at 35°C (97°F) with a 88% Humidity... ;)

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  43. love the red and green!

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  44. Great work on the ronins, they look excellent

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