Monday, 25 November 2013

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Friday, 1 November 2013

Imperial troops painted

As title says, I have painted the Imperial troops pack (BW-02). The nirayamagasa (battle hat) have been painted with one golden line, but there was many designs with the golden color as leading. In a next post I will publish pictures with some of these designs. 
I hope you like them!

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

The Imperial/Shogunate troops are now available!

We are delighted to announce the release of two new packs of figures, BW-02 and BW-03. 
To celebrate this, we have a offer for you, if you buy six or more pack, you save 0,25 per pack. And remember that we have special prices for large orders!

*Please note, that they are supplied with separate heads.

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Imperial/Shogunate troops greens

Bac Ninh Miniatures extends its catalog with two new references, once again brilliantly sculpted by Paul Hicks. 
These new packs have separate heads in order to achieve a greater number of variations. Each of the references represent a side, but they have been designed so that the can be used for both sides, as there was not such a big difference regarding uniforms between both, except for some cases as the battle of Toba–Fushimi where some troops follower of Shogun wear armors or the Shinsengumi, who wore traditional clothes. 
The figures with battle hat (nirayamagasa) represent the Imperial troops. Whereas those which wear headband represent the Shogun side, take into account that they wear a pair of swords (daisho) typical of the most traditional pro shogunate clans. It's possible to swap heads from one reference to the other without any problems. In this sense Paul, besides the sculptures, has done a great job. 
The greens have been sent to the caster, so they will be available in a few weeks if there's no problem.

Monday, 2 September 2013

Chosu Officer

Andrés Amián aka Einar Olafson has make a superb work painting this guy. Painted as Chosu officer with his white wig (Haguma).
You can see more pics and other great works on Andrés Amián's blog.

Many thanks Andrés!

Monday, 12 August 2013

Ronin, the rulebook

Ronin is a skirmish wargame set in late 16th century feudal Japan. Although the focus is on the Sendoku Jidai, there is an appendix that has rules on other periods, including the Boshin War and Satsuma Rebellion and lists for Shinsengumi, Imperialist Troops and Shogunate Troops. 
By the way, you can see inside the book a nice picture of Bac Ninh Miniatures. ;-) 

I want to give a big thanks to Craig the author of the rulebook and Phil of Osprey Publishing for count on Bac Ninh Miniatures for this great rulebook.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

News and WIP

I have a lot of people asking to me about the next releases, so I'm going to try clarify this matter. We are currently working on new packs, but I don't have a release date because Paul has stopped at the moment the production of figures due to he and his wife are expecting a baby, but he will be getting back very soon.      
I can advance that these new packs will have separate heads and this way so many variations can be done.  
Meanwhile, here you can see any pics of the started work by Paul, please note that they are WIP. ;-)


Sunday, 30 June 2013

A selection of films about the Boshin War

The Last Samurai (1974) aka Okami yo rakujitsu o kire (The five wolves)
*Not to be confused with the Tom Cruise movie of the same name
Directed by Kenji Misumi
The film follows the story of Sugi Toranosuke, a ronin, who returns to his home town of Edo many years after his attempted suicide as a sickly child. Rescued and adopted by a master swordsman, he has grown into a master swordsman and a very kind gentleman. The time is around 1868 the year that the nails were finally put into the coffin containing the feudal system that nurtured and sustained the samurai. Sugi is confused and unsure about what is happening but his teacher wants him out of the chaos of the multiple power struggles between the various clans.

Shinsengumi (1969) aka Band of Assassins
Directed by Tadashi Sawashima
The true story of the end of the Shogunate, the tragedy of the Shinsengumi is one of the best loved stories of Japanese history and has been adapted many times on stage, screen, television, and anime. This film, starring Toshiro Mifune with an all-star cast, stands out as one of the definitive adaptations of this classic tale.

Red Lion (1969) aka Akage
Directed by Kihachi Okamoto
Gonzo (Toshiro Mifune), a member of the Imperial Restoration Force, is being asked by the emperor to deliver official news to his home village of a New World Order. Wanting to pose as a military officer, he dons the Red Lion Mane of Office. Upon his return, his attempt to tell the village about a brand-new tax cut is quashed when the townfolk mistakenly assumes that he is there to rescue them from corrupt government officials. He learns that an evil magistrate has been swindling them for years. Now, he has to help the village, ward off Shogunate fanatics, along with the fact that he can't read his own proclamations.

When the Last Sword is Drawn (2003) aka Mibu Gishi Den (The Wolves of Mibu)
Directed by Yōjirō Takita
The film tells the story of two Shinsengumi samurai. One of them is Saitō Hajime (Kōichi Satō), a heartless killer and the other is Yoshimura Kanichiro (Kiichi Nakai), who appears to be a money-grubbing and emotional swordsman from the northern area known as Nambu Morioka. The main storyline is set during the fall of the Tokugawa shogunate, but it is told in a series of flashbacks as two characters reminisce. The themes include conflicting loyalty to the clan, lord, and family.