Terrain and play aids for samurai gaming, primarily suited to Test of Honour.
I try not to be too fetish-y about my hobby stuff, but from time to time I fail. I justify the following instances as like this:
The cardboard counters used to determine the order in which miniatures act in Test of Honour games could – potentially – become worn out by sweaty gamer hands. A second set will also allow two games to played simultaneously in my games room. So I replaced them.
But honestly, I just like the tactile nature of laser cut acrylic, its a bit like poker chips or similar.
I chose the counter colours to key off the existing counters, rather than to match the scheme for the paint job on my figures or the game design itself (which is red, an off-white parchment colour and some black details, a pretty classic “samurai” palette).
Im told by Captain Crooks that without another qualifying symbol present, the kanji on the Fate counter means “Life”, not “Fate”. Ill get over such an existential conundrum I think.
Next up the bag in the first image stands in an open position, making it useful in a game that involves drawing counters from it.
Did it have to be a bag with a symbol and colour scheme that fits with the graphic design of the product to an extent? No. Technically any container that conceals the contents to an extent will work.
But I do prefer it this way, again for tactile reasons. Bag from Saddle Goose Designs.
Test of Honour uses multi-bases that can accommodate three figures. They are used to assist in representing small groups of spearmen and the like, the extras that regularly get slaughtered in chanbara films.
To describe the basing process for these as being akin to building a tiny garden rockery, or sticking tufts to them as being like a highly accelerated form of miniature bonsai would be pretentious, so I wont.
But I did enjoy putting them together.
Lastly, I ordered a few practical, but somewhat uninspiring “paddy fields” from Total System Scenics towards the end of last year. I stained them, drybrshed them and added some “10cm Leafy Strips” from Tajima1. I have yet to see real paddy fields in my life, but from my online image searching, the above layout is an acceptable compromise for gaming.
None of these elements are individually very exciting as such, but the lot represent a satisfying overallincrease of quality for my samurai gaming. Go me.