A few months ago I picked up the Osprey rules "A Fistful of Kung Fu" by Andrea Sfiligoi, based on the skirmish system from "A Song of Blades and Heroes". Reading them through I liked them enough to gush a bit to a couple of my minis gaming friends. Aaron was intrigued enough to go off and order some ninjas to paint up for it. I figured to do a modern gang with some old Foundry Street Violence guys and a more traditional gang with some Chinese pirates, mostly from Eureka, with a few odd pieces from Foundry and Copplestone that might work their way in, if I want some that are semi-westernized in outfit and equipment.
Well, at DundraCon, Aaron said the ninjas were in and asked when I was pulling the trigger and wanted a least a month to paint the ninjas. I said "Okay, lets do it in a month." Then we backed off a bit and set it for two months. I got home and the immediate problem was where in all my storage the Chinese pirates had gotten off to. Last weekend I confirmed they were most definitely not on or near the shelf where I best remembered them being, but tonight I located them and took the starting picture. Fortunately they are primed and based from earlier efforts, so I should be able to get right to it. Not exactly the most photogenic background, those are some of the boxes I was digging through.
So my plan is to get these guys done up, finish off the remaining partially assembled 4Ground Japanese house, find the docks pieces or make some, and if there is time, scratchbuild a junk for my boats collection. With some of the other accumulated Asian scenery, this will make a picturesque table. I'd like to do two table setups, one for a village and one for a dockyard.
Mid-April is the target.
If I stick with the traditional ones, I think the woman or maybe the guy in white primer will be the Protagonist and the guy with the two big maces the Bruiser. If I do include the Copplestone Chinese Bandit Chiefs third from left and way over at the right end of the back row, they are likely to be the Protagonist and Bruiser. Will probably work up both lists and see which I like better.