Project Brainstorming: Dynasty Warriors 15mm; Can it be done?

28 Jan

dynastywarrior15mm

So, this year I have quite a few ideas for new settings for my wargaming projects, since this is 2014 , I thought I’d get the ball rolling and start getting my arse into gear sorting my lists of aquisitions in order, and to see if these plans are going to be doo-able within my meagre wargaming budget.

First up is Dynasty warriors 15mm. I friggin’ love Dynasty warriors on everything from the Playstation 2, right up to the 360, and I

Dynasty Warriors 3

Dynasty Warriors 3 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

actually possess most of them on many platforms. I couldn’t tell you how many hours I have spent over the years playing games in this series, I honestly never bore of it. Some of you will know what I’m on about, but for those of you who don’t know, the game is focused around a plot based around ancient chinese history, with the warring states of Wei, Shu, and Wu. It’s all done in a great over the top, semi mystical cinematic style. It has all the special moves and characters, and bags and bags of playablity (check it out if your not familiar with it, it’s good!)

I’m not saying I understand everything about it, nor can I pronounce many names correctly from it, but the gameplay is solid and very much a skirmish type wargame, so that was what gave me the idea in the first place. It seems a little overwhelming at first, but once you get into it, your hooked.( Well, I am anyway!) I really want to get playing the new online version, but my web access is limited as regards bandwith, and I don’t have a great reliable connection, so consoles are my way of getting a fix.

But, now I fancy the idea of doing the game in some limited form, but in 15mm wargaming. Could this be done? How to achieve it. Ok, so it might not be anything new, could be that it’s been tried before, but that’s why I’m brainstorming it here first, I want to throw this out there, along with all the info I find out about it, so if you think you’d ever want to do the same, you lot would have some useful links and such! I’m that kind me! Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to enact the whole game, just a game based around the computer game, it’s a mass war battle game, so it’ll translate pretty easy I reckon.

Right, my first considerations are the figures, which’s bad if I can’t find enough of a close enough match for the figures I need, so i’ll kick this idea into touch and plan something else. I think the good thing here is that much of what i am going to need will be (should be) available from the many varied historical miniature companies, so that’ll be a bonus. Terrain won’t be a problem either, I’ll use scratch builds (generic eastern fantasy type stuff will do) or paper models, and maybe buy a couple of really nice bits if it’s available.

Also, I’m going to need a ruleset to use, or adapt. I haven’t got there yet, but if you have any suggestions, please let me know!

So, at this point, I have a short list of manufacturers ranges that might fit, some more than others, but I’m hoping that there’s a whole load of extra bits that I can get from other places and different makers of 15mm, I might get away with some generic fantasy stuff, or some japanese historical odds and sods? Again I’d like to throw it out there, so if you have any suggestions, let me know.

Here’s the list:

irregular Miniatures
http://www.irregularminiatures.co.uk/15mmRanges/15mmAsians.htm

Black hat miniatures
http://www.blackhat.co.uk/online_shop/index.php?cPath=22_55&osCsid=c0c04dfbd5074065b26ba54895b7bd74

Museum miniatures
http://www.museumminiatures.co.uk/pages/prod_chinese.html

Essex miniatures
http://www.essexminiatures.co.uk/collections/15mm-ancient-han-chinese
http://www.essexminiatures.co.uk/collections/15mm-ancient-chin-chinese-warring-states-480bc-202bc
http://www.essexminiatures.co.uk/collections/15mm-ancient-shang-or-chou-chinese
http://www.essexminiatures.co.uk/collections/15mm-ancient-tang-five-dynasties-chinese
http://www.essexminiatures.co.uk/collections/15mm-ancient-northern-southern-dynasties-chinese
http://www.essexminiatures.co.uk/collections/15mm-ancient-khitan-liao

Eastriding miniatures
http://shop.eastridingminiatures.co.uk/chinese-militia-22-c.asp
http://shop.eastridingminiatures.co.uk/ming-chinese-25-c.asp
http://shop.eastridingminiatures.co.uk/yi-dynasty-koreans-26-c.asp

Magister militum
http://www.magistermilitum.com/prodtype.asp?PT_ID=370&strPageHistory=cat
http://store.lancashiregames.com/index.php?_a=category&cat_id=61&page=all

So, in that lot, I’m sure I’m going to find some pretty good matches, some not so. That’s as far as I am at the moment, I’m just looking for my basic troop types, pretty plain, armed with usual weaponry and a few different armour tyes. I do know that there are some dead ringers in there regarding this, so it’s looking positive (I’ll highlight them a little later)

So, if you know of anything that might help me with the plan, I’d be greatly indebted to you, and of course I’d share your efforts with everyone here.

Right, more stuff to do…..Maybe a game of Dynasty warriors 6, perhaps….

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2 Responses to “Project Brainstorming: Dynasty Warriors 15mm; Can it be done?”

  1. Sacchie May 5, 2014 at 5:20 am #

    Have you made any progress on this? Im thinking of designing a 15mm Dynasty/Samurai Warriors wargame myself.

    • grimace73 May 5, 2014 at 5:37 pm #

      Thanks for your comment!

      No progress as yet, in fact most of my progress with wargaming has stalled due to increased workload in sculpting and terrain making, but I can’t really complain as it puts food on the table!!
      It’s something I still want to do, but it’s going to have to wait a while, plus the choice of figures out there is quite limiting, so I might have to start a lot from scratch both in making figures and terrain (which will take a while)
      I might be tempted to sculpt a line of dynasty warrior inspired troops and characters in the near future, to fill in the gaps of the historical stuff as it might be the best option, but it may be a while before I get anything done (too much in progress, space orcs, mad robots, 15mm ancients, 15mm tyranid/stealers etc etc!!!) There’s just so much to do!!
      I’d certainly be interested to see what you come up with with your game design, don’t forget to include the rules for Mosou moves and specials!!

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