Monday, December 31, 2012

Meet the PC: Ikoma Ryo, Lion Clan Samurai

One of my favorite parts about tabletop roleplaying is finding, modeling, and painting the perfect miniatures for our party PCs. I've been doing this for years now, and thought I'd share some of these characters with you.

Let's start at the very beginning. A very good place to start. (Apologies, my wife was watching Sound of Music earlier)

Back in 2005, Yorrik & I met Joe, a fellow Wargamer, roleplayer, and GM extraordinaire. Shortly after we hit it off we started our first campaign: Legend of the Five Rings. Joe GMed three of us (myself, yorrik, & his wife) through a spiritworld adventure.

The first miniature I ever painted for this game was for Yorrik's character: Ikoma Ryo, a straight-laced, honorable lion clan samurai. Very by-the-book, very much a stick in the mud, very good guy to have your back.

There's no place in L5R for actual miniatures, but we found they were exceptionally useful to help flesh out battles, where character positioning is essential. This mini is from the old Clan War tabletop wargame. It went defunct years ago, but some of the minis are still in production through Valiant Miniatures. I don't remember what i had to do to get this mini, but I'm glad i did, because I haven't found another like it since.

This is actually the only character mini that I finished during the course of the game, but I did my best to get the details right. His left eye is milky, since the character lost it in a duel with a Tengu master (It's hard to make out in the picture). It still stands out as one of my favorites after all these years.



  1. That L5R game is still one of my favorites. I think between the two of us we still have a couple dozen unpainted samurai minis - handy in case we ever visit Rokugan again. Also, it's "duel" not "dual."

  2. I thought I missed one. Fixed it.

    I know I have at least a dozen samurai kicking around. Mostly Scorpion and Ronin Gunso though. We've gotta get a Second City campaign going one of these days.