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28mm Review: Museum Miniatures

28/SAM11 Ladies, Kimonos. Standing Kneeling & Bowing
28/SAM11 Ladies, Kimonos. Standing Kneeling & Bowing

Museum Miniatures is a UK based manufacturer of various periods and scales. Most of their ranges are 15mm, so if you want to find their 28mm Japanese you should avoid just clicking the "samurai" button on their website.

The proportions are not always as realistic as some other ranges, which quite large heads and arms. I would also disagree on the historical basis for some of the spear designs. However, that is a small price to pay for a nice addition to my collection, especially for extras such as retainers, equipment and civilians. I find these to look better than some of the rank-and-file miniatures, a pleasant surprise as these are usually harder to find in other ranges.

28/SAM07 Ashigaru Retainers carrying supplies (ua)
28/SAM07 Ashigaru Retainers carrying supplies (ua)

The range is limited in rank-and-file miniatures to ashigaru, lightly or completely unarmoured, another reason to focus on it as an addition to a force rather than the main bulk of it. The range is named after the battles of Kawanakajima, but some of the miniatures are generic enough to work outside the mid-to-late 16th century.

Finally, a comparison shot for size. The Museum Miniature examples are slightly taller than the one from Perry Miniatures, and you can see the difference in proportions. However, I don't find the difference to be too big to include them in my forces, as long as you don't put them directly side-by-side.

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The Bushido ("Code of the warrior") was developed during the peaceful Edo period when the samurai had become mostly state administrators, writers and artists and most of them had never fought in battle.
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