I got lucky and got a few packs of these dollar store figures for around P50 each, which is pretty close to a US dollar. The figures are cast in a tan, hard plastic much like Tamiya 1:35 model kits, have a black wash and come with separate stands. These are the poses I've come across so far.
They appear to be recasts of Bravo Team/Forces of Valor figures. The
figures come in desert kit but nary a kneepad in sight. I can't
identify the chest rigs but these could be from the First Gulf War.
Anyway, they're the foundation for some 1:32 modern skirmish gaming.
Most likely using our favorite FUBAR rules.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
More 1:35 samurai gashapon.
The terms gashapon (ガシャポン) or gachapon (ガチャポン) refer to variety of vending machine-dispensed capsule toys popular in Japan and elsewhere. "Gashapon" is a Japanese onomatopoeia composed of two sounds: "gasha" (or "gacha") for the sound of a crank on a toy vending machine, and "pon" for the sound of the toy capsule dropping into the receptacle. Gashapon may describe both the machines themselves and the toys obtained from them. In recent years, the term gashapon has also come to refer to blind-box trading figures, which are essentially the same product sold randomly out of sealed packages instead of a machine.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
A fellow art director asked to borrow some figures for a commemorative plug he is doing for the Battle of Guam. I obliged by lending him American and Japanese figures as well as a few afvs and 1:32 figures for close-ups.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Monday, May 11, 2015
Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. Ashigaru gashapon. Each capsule contains 2 figures and a variety of alternative weapons which include a sword, a Hoko yari (long spear), a Yumi (the Japanese asymmetrical bow) and a tanegashima (Japanese matchlock). A sashimono (banner/flag) is included in each capsule and can be attached to either figure.
Ashigaru (足軽 lit. lightfeet) were foot-soldiers who were employed by the samurai class of feudal Japan. The first known reference to ashigaru was in the 1300s, but it was during the Ashikaga Shogunate-Muromachi period that the use of ashigaru became prevalent by various warring factions.
Ashigaru were commonly armed with naginata, yari, yumi and swords. Ashigaru armor varied depending on the period, from no armour to heavily armored and could consist of conical hats called jingasa made of lacquered hardened leather or iron, chest armor (dou or dō), helmets (kabuto), armoured hoods (tatami zukin), armored sleeves (kote), shin protection (suneate), and thigh protection (haidate).
The warfare of the Sengoku period (15th and 16th centuries) required large quantities of armour to be produced for the ever growing armies of ashigaru. Simple munition quality (okashi or lent) chest armour (dou or dō) and helmets (kabuto) were mass produced including tatami armour which could be folded or were collapsible. Tatami armour were made from small rectangular (karuta) or hexagon (kikko) armour plates that were usually connected to each other by chain armour (kusari) and sewn to a cloth backing. In the 16th century the ashigaru were also armed with matchlocks of the type known as tanegashima. Small banners called sashimono could be worn on their backs during battle for identification.