Keeping busy at work, I had little time to get on with the terrain or the miniatures. However I recently got a package from The Assault Group, and started to put together the warrior monks I had ordered. This time I'm even going with round bases (*woooo!*), as I think it looks nifty for skirmish games.
These are still painting in progress, but I wanted to post the results I've got over the weekend. Some are armed with polearms:
and some come with bows, and a more well armed fellow:
For those who are wondering about scale and sizes, here's a picture of some GW miniatures, some Perry Miniatures that I use for the rest of my warband, and these TAG miniatures.
Close enough to not stick out, IMHO. TAG are a little bit bulkier, just like GW.
And with a band of warrior monks on the horizon...
...I just had to start building a temple for them to protect. I expect this to be a big project, so we'll see when (if?) I'll finish it. For now I'll try to build two more gates, raise a wall around it and finish the courtyard. Then I'll build a temple on the raised platform.
Ashton: the buildings are built with a various number of sources. First one is the small library of books on Japanese history I have, and especially the books on Japanese architecture and architecture history that I started picking up once I begun building stuff. Those have been hugely helpful. But apart from that I also find inspiration in watching samurai movies, pictures I've taken in Japan and even some random video games with Japanese historical buildings in them. I'm usually looking at something and think "damn, that would be great to build!" and then I go from there, improvising and taking stuff from other buildings as I go.