The Battle of Sekigahara

Well I have been away for the last week and a bit in Birmingham with my Fiancée's family, learning to drive and playing the occasional game. It was a great week and I am now back at work feeling much better for it. Nothing much else to report as it has been a couple of weeks since I last went to the gaming club or got any RPGs or Wargames on the table.

I suppose the biggest news is that I have gone back to painting. I had a long period where it just wasn't clicking and I found the whole experience very frustrating and unpleasant as I was left unable to do anything to my satisfaction. I ended up limiting myself to a few pieces of scenery and priming minis... well I ran out of primer and got bored of scenery so I have cautiously re-entered the world of painting actual figures. I am however already suffering from ADHD...

I am still working my way through zombies, so many zombies... and then I find some half painted dwarves... I LOVE the dwarves from the Skull Pass box. I think I have 3 boxes worth care of eBay and so I am now trying to finish those off. I am currently doing the Thunderers, I mix these into my Nuln army (When blended with the Hand Gunners from the 6thed Box it provides a really good, varied look to the units). They also give me an excuse to add a little more colour with some gold that I don't use on the human figures.

I also want to make a start on the Empire of the Blazing Sun figures I have but most of them are currently half primed... stupid finite spray cans! I also need to paint up the few  remaining Dindrenzi Fed Ships... Oh and my Fiancée's Dad, who is also a wargamer, gave me some 6mm Samurai (Irregular minis not the Baccus) and so I now want to paint them up (hence the blog title) so history time:

The Battle of Sekigahara (1600) is often regarded as one of the pivotal moments in the rise of the Togukawa Shogunate. Togugawa Ieyasu was a man of indomitable will and this battle saw his Eastern forces march to victory over the Western armies under Ishida Mitsunari. The battle was bloody with 40,000 dead, about 25% of those involved in the conflict. Although this victory is often credited as ending the Sengoku period and securing Tokugawa's title of Shogun it was still 3 years before the Emperor bestowed the title upon him.

I am actually a huge fan of Tokugawa Ieyasu, I believe him to be one of the greatest politicians and generals in history and this battle showed his power in both as he secured defects from many of Ishida's allies.