Scenery Sculptor: Antonio Fernández
Box art: Alex Varela
Art: María Fernández
Pieces included: 9
Limited edition of 150 copies
NOTE: The kit also includes the scenery backdrop
All retainers serving the shogun as well as all dwellers of the provinces under the command of feudal lords called daimyo formed a vast standing army comprising both the lower members of the Japanese feudal military hierarchy and the highest-ranking warriors of the upper echelons who were entitled to fight mounted on horseback. Both groups belonged to the same military class called the buke and were referred to as either men of war - bushi - or warriors and retainers - mononofu and wasarau (according to the ancient writing of these names).
After 1869 with the advent of the modern period, shizoku - the Japanese warrior gentry or middle class - was the term used to refer to former samurai - understood both in Japanese and Chinese and meaning ‘vassal’. Indeed, a servant to the shogunate. Depending on the soldier’s wealth and status, the weapons and armor differed but only samurai were permitted to wear the daisho - a set of one long sword and one short sword worn together. The very combination of any long and short sword together, regardless of the weapon type, was the very prerogative of the samurai caste, making the daisho its exclusive symbol and peculiar mark.Our character, clad in traditional samurai attire, wears a gi - a kimono - made of raw fabric in plain colours, along with a pair of hakama wide legged trousers - a full length divided skirt - in the customary samurai fashion. Hakama were originally worn as horse riding chaps and made of sturdy fabric materials or deerskin. Only at a later stage dyed cotton in basic colours such as brown, indigo and green or silk with vivid embroidered details or geometric patterns were employed. The hakama has 5 pleats on the front which represent the Warrior’s Code virtues also known as bushido and is secured by four straps called himo and an obi - a sword sash - worn also to hold the samurai’s swords and the katana properly aligned. The tsuka - the hilt or handle of the katana - was made of wood and wrapped in leather bound samegawa - ray or shark skin - whereas the saya - a scabbard for the blade - was made of lacquered wood. Our samurai wears a pair of waraji - simple sandals made from woven straw - and a hand-held fan, a useful device to keep cool in the hot Japanese summer, also used for social protocols on the battlefield such as issuing orders to the soldiers as well as to indicate a particular status.