This product is supplied unassembled and unpainted. Glue and paints not included.
Test of Honour is a skirmish wargame played with roughly 5-20 models on each side. Players select their force before each game based around a samurai hero along with one or two loyal samurai companions and a variety of clan soldiers.
The 6 battle scenarios included tell a tale of bitter clan rivalry, betrayal and revenge. The battles are designed to be played in order, forming an ongoing story, with consequences for the victor and loser of each game.
As you play through the scenarios your samurai will use new skills, and perhaps even take the shameful path of deceit and trickery to gain victory – such choices are the ultimate test of honour.
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We’ll also be releasing a Samurai Warband set containing a mix of plastic troops but no metals at all. The main game has enough models for two players, so this set is designed for if a third player wants to join in the fun with a ‘standard’ samurai warband rather than any of the themed expansions.
Warrior Monk Masahiro has vowed to fight the injustices of the Japanese clans. He and his followers battle the power of the samurai, taking the armoured face-plates of their fallen enemies as badges of victory.
The stealing face-plates idea has no historical grounding, but we thought it was a cool idea that might well have happened. Perhaps more importantly it demonstrates what a different look you can create by changing the heads.
Warrior Monks meanwhile are an established part of the history of the period and had many conflicts with the ruling samurai clans. Like the other new metal character models Masahiro has his own character card (costing an extra point or two to recruit), or you can simply use one of the standard samurai cards (yes, even though monks weren’t samurai!).
The set includes a variety of Mystical skills that emphasise the power of prayer and belief. A few of you have asked if we’ll be including magic and monsters and other Japanese fantasy elements. The quick answer is ‘no’... The game is inspired by samurai movies but definitely still historical at the core!
The masterless samurai known as ‘ronin’ roam the land as mercenaries and highwaymen. The warband of Tadashi ‘the Dishonoured’ has a reputation for using bribes, dirty tricks and even poison to massacre its enemies.
Ronin have often been presented as noble figures, forced to make impossible choices while seeking revenge for the death of a beloved master. As such this set contains a range of Infamy skills which take your samurai far away from what was considered honourable behaviour.
However, just as often they ended up as mercenaries, thieves and thugs, abandoning their code for the sake of survival – so we’ve included Recruitment cards to use these models as commoner Ronin if you wish, giving you basic troops with a slightly different stat line.
Ever confident of victory, Daimyō Osugawa charges recklessly into battle, leading his fearsome, masked retinue to spill the blood of his foes.
Osugawa's mounted retinue brings extra skills to the game via new cards especially for cavalry.
Mounted Retainers introduce a cheap mounted melee unit, while the Mounted Sergeant can give another mounted commoner an extra move, meaning 12" and shoot, 15" charge range or 18" total move!
There are new metal demon-masked helmets and 18 new cards in the set.
The 'Terrifying Visage' card means that enemies must pass a Test of Honour or lose 1 dice from their Avoid roll, while 'Momentum' allows you to draw the next token if you cut down an enemy.
Osugawa himself is arrogant and out for blood and glory - he charges 7" until he's managed to cut down an enemy samurai. And look out for the 'Self Confidence' Quest card - field 2 points less than allowed and still win the battle!
Following the murder of her husband, the widow Takeda Naoko dons the armour of a samurai and rides out to seek vengeance, all the while clinging desperately to the path of honour.
The rules for cavalry in the game are very simple (presented on the recruitment cards in this set), but adding even just one or two to your force changes things dramatically. The extra movement multiplied by 3 actions for your hero means you can get your most powerful model exactly where you need him (or her). And an all cavalry force is very interesting to play!
The onna bugeisha character (female samurai) comes with skill cards to show her sense of honour, family pride, and a haughty attitude to the low-born, plus a particularly interesting quest where you have to interrogate enemy samurai once they are vanquished to discover a secret. The idea is that she is tracking down her husband’s murderer. Could it be the ronin Tadashi?
Disinherited samurai lord Senzo ‘the Thorn’ leads a group of pauper soldiers, using his legendary skills with the bow in the hope of winning back his fortune.
Once again, the metal straw hat heads that come in this set completely change the feel of the models, making them less military and more like peasants (especially if you leave off the back-banners).
Remember each expansion set contains one type of plastic sprue, but there’s nothing to stop you mixing the heads around on bodies from other sets if you want to create a more balanced force.
The samurai archer character from this set is backed up with some useful shooty skills, plus other skills and quests that reflect him being more at home with the local peasants than most noble-born samurai.
Hero to the common man, Banzuiin Chōbei leads a ragtag band of renegades against all those who intimidate and steal from the weak.
Chōbei is historical character, remembered as a Robin Hood-type figure who protected the oppressed common-folk from the uncaring samurai and other threats.
Chōbei's rag-tag band is represented with mixed-weapon groups, bringing you some interesting new tactical choices.
The set includes 10 metal heads and 18 brand new cards including 'Lead from the Front' and 'Ultimate Sacrifice', which boost the prowess of your commoners.
Chōbei was eventually cornered by his enemies while visiting a bath house. A great swordsman with amazing stamina, he defeated every attacker and was only killed when they set fire to the building.
Models supplied unassembled and unpainted. Dice colour may vary from the one in the picture.
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