Kuripu Jima


Mr Saturday and I have a weekend of hot, sweaty fimir on ninja action planned.  I set up the table this evening and took a couple of snaps.

The terrain is from my expanding pseudo feudal Japanese set, planned to represent the Shonen Knives stomping grounds.  I need a few more elements before I will be entirely happy with it, but considering that a couple of months ago it was nothing, Im still rather pleased.

I plan to go into a bit more detail on the various elements at a later date, but for now I am pleased enough to stick up a couple of photos.

Tengus eye view.

Tengus eye view.

Im not sure that feudal Japan looked quite as suburban as that though.  The fences dont look right and the paddy fields might not make sense their either.  Guidance from those more knowledgeable than I am would be appreciated.

From the 4Ground site (where the fences came from):

“In Shogunate Japan taxes were paid in ‘Koku’ (the rice needed to feed one man for one year), and for this reason ‘Bei’ rice was grown in ‘Ta’ wet paddy fields all over Japan.

During the shogunate period rice was grown in every ‘Mura’ (village), in open wet fields called ‘Ta’, though almost all the rice harvested went towards paying the village tax burden. For themselves villagers grew beans along the edges of the raised paths between their ‘Ta’ fields. They also grew fruit in their small fenced orchards, vegetables in their fenced gardens and other crops were grown in ‘Hatake’ (dry fields), often these dry fields were fenced.

In their gardens villagers grew vegetables according to the region and season, fruit such as oranges, grapes, and cherry as well as plant materials like mulberry, tea and bamboo were grown in their orchards. Village gardens and orchards were fenced by ‘Mura Mokusei no Kade’ (village wooden walls). The dry crop fields were fenced with ‘Mokusei no Kade’ (wooden walls). In these dry fields wheat and millet were grown for their food, cotton and hemp were grown for weaving to make their common folk clothing; as any silk harvested by the villages was only worn by samurai families and the richest of ‘Chonin’ (Townsman).

Village gardens and orchards were fenced by ‘Mura Mokusei no Kade’ (village wooden walls), their village gateways were known as ‘Mura Mokuzo-Mon’. Sometimes if a ripening crop had a particular high value one or two ‘Mizunomi’ (farm labourers) would be posted at the gateway as ‘Moto’ (village gate men) to watch for rogues and thieves.”


21 Responses

  1. I’m no expert, but it looks great!

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    • Thanks Barks!

      Paddy fields are generally not enclosed I think, but the town should be compressed and linked with the fences I think. Like this:

      I will fiddle around with it in the morning.


      • Hmm, good fences may make good neighbours, but a slightly less obstructed board may make for better gaming. If there’s anything PC games have taught me, it’s that a deadly warrior still can’t jump over a two foot fence, or break down a shoddy wooden gate no matter what weapons they carry.

        Anyway, this setup is amazing. You’ve got some really top notch terrain here.

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        • Thanks No Such Agency 🙂

          I kinda got carried away in set up, it is likely a little too dense a battlefield for anything more than about ten models a side.

          I have several more elements that I want to add to the terrain set. It looks a little too sterile for now.
          But certainly good enough for a weekends gaming


  2. That is some amazing scenery dude – I don’t know much about feudal Japanese village planning myself 🤔 but those blossom trees are bloody brilliant, and the overall feel is perfect. This project is just crying out for a zen garden!

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    • A zen garden is on the to do list list, but I have to cover the basics before I can justify going into that sort of detail.

      I have plans for a coy carp pond and the like, including a “shishi odoshi” water feature (like the one in the “Showdown with O-Ren Ishii” in “Kill Bill”.

      Raked gravel would be cute too. I will get to it eventually I reckon.

      Im glad that you like it Alex 🙂

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  3. Marvellous, I can’t wait to set it all on fire.

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  4. It’s a stonking setup! I should get around to making that post on our game.

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    • You really should Mikko, you took some great photos.

      I have added some more elements since our game too, although the set up that we had for that looked nicer I think.


  5. That is looking great – it looks very evocative of psuedo-feudal/shogunate Japan to me anyway!

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  6. Looks great! Lush green vegetation and muddy roads are my visual cues from feudal Japan. I love me a good samurai movie or two. Ran, or maybe Zatoichi. I think with some added greenery you’re mint! Oh, less right angles too! As you said, a bit suburban. 🙂

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    • In my experience there are two types natural environment in those movies, the lush, humid, greenery filled look and the dustier, dryer, parched almost Spaghetti Western look.

      Initially I am going for the latter, to tie in with my desert Zuzzy mat. I have a few greener mats that it will look a little less stark on I think. I am adding some bamboo groves too (how else will the little guys have showdowns?) which will bring some green into the terrain palette.

      Thanks for the feedback Mattias 🙂


  7. I don’t think noone will ever mistake Kuripo Jima for Kurapo jima, you’ve made sure of that Paul.

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    • Glad to hear it, a man with no ass tolerates even less crap than most.

      Your law boys will collide with the Knives in Kuripu Jima yet I reckon 🙂


  8. Hi Cheetor,
    I know I don’t comment very often, but I always look at every post when your icon pops on my blog roll.

    Always inspiring, always great, but I have to say, these posts about the progress of your Frostgrave / fantasy Japan are just above and beyond.

    As you know, my daughter games with me occasionally, and I have shown her this project as THE example of how consistent and patient effort suddenly blossoms when it reaches critical mass.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    • Hi Will, its nice to hear from you!

      Firstly, I dont make enough time to regularly comment on your wonderful blog posts either, sorry about that. Time gets away from me more than ever these days.

      Im flattered that you are enjoying the progress of my venture into pseudo historical fantasy as much as you say. Im struggling to get things done a bit at the moment, so hearing that you and your daughter see a steady progress is encouraging to hear, thanks!

      I have very many more elements to work on yet and I am considering working on nothing but fantasy figures and terrain for all of 2016, so with a bit of luck there should be plenty more to come.

      Thanks for the kinds words Will.


  9. That terrain looks quite nice. Agree with you that you need to cram the buildings closer together. I think if you had a few dozen more rice paddies that would help too.

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    • I have a few more rice paddies that were cropped out of the shot, but I agree with you: I do need more of those.

      The buildings will be more crowded next time for certain.

      Thanks for the feedback!


  10. Very good table setup. I understand for Frostgrave denser terrain that allows blocked LoS is key. So bring on all the awesome rice paddies. Maybe you could also add some statues. Something suitable might be found in a dollar shop.

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