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Samurai Battles puts you in command of brave warriors clashing on the battlefields of feudal Japan! Assemble your army using magnificently detailed and historically accurate miniatures, then face your opponent on an endless variety of battlefields created from beautifully painted terrain and elevation tiles.

You can play Samurai Battles two different ways:

  • Commands & Colors: Designed by Richard Borg, this award-winning game system features a fast-paced, card-driven mechanism to represent the "fog of war". Special Dragon cards, along with Honor and Fortune tokens, will influence your luck in the thick of the battle!
  • Art of Tactic: Designed by Konstantin Krivenko, this game system requires wits and strategy. You and your opponent secretly plan your moves every turn, then the actions of your warriors are resolved simultaneously – just like a real battle!

Both game systems are easy to learn, and offer deep strategic and tactical challenges to please every fan of historical board games. Samurai Battles is the perfect blend of the beautiful and the historic – and the perfect way to explore the exciting battles of medieval Japan. So grab your katana and take up your naginata: Glory and honor await you in Samurai Battles!

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Components:

  • 122 Medieval Japanese plastic figures
  • 6 Double-sided game boards
  • 30 Double-sided terrain tiles
  • 30 Honor & Fortune tokens
  • 13 Elevation tiles
  • 24 Unit cards
  • 60 Command cards
  • 38 Dragon cards
  • 2 Samurai Victory Record cards
  • 8 Battle dice
  • 6 D20 dice
  • 2 Water-based markers
  • 1 Set of decals
  • 1 Set of sashimono flags
  • 2 Rule books
  • 2 Scenario books

The 122 figures include enough for the following units:

  • 8 Ashigaru spearmen
  • 4 Ashigaru bowmen
  • 2 Ashigaru arquebusiers
  • 2 Samurai headquarters
  • 4 Samurai naginata infantry
  • 4 Samurai cavalry (NB-only 2 for C&C purposes)
  • 4 Individual commander figures to add to a unit

The figures are all modeled in gray plastic, and the owning player is designated by attaching small colored flags on the soldiers' backs (red and yellow).

Art of Tactic Scenarios:

Tutorial Scenario
1. The Fourth Battle of Kawanakajima, 1561
2. The Battle of Kawagoe, 1546
3. The Battle of Okehazama, 1560
4. The Battle of Kizugawaguchi, 1578
5. The Battle of Mikatagahara, 1573
6. The Battle of Nagashino, 1575
7. The First Battle of Kawanakajima, 1553

Commands and Colors Scenarios:

1. First Samurai Skirmish
2. Fourth Kawanakajima 1561 - phase 1 Uesugi Vanguard Attacks
3. Fourth Kawanakajima 1561 - phase 2 Yamamoto Kansuke Charge¹
4. Fourth Kawanakajima 1561 - phase 3 Attack against the Takeda Command Tent
5. Fourth Kawanakajima 1561 - phase 4 Ford of Amenomiya
6. Fourth Kawanakajima 1561 - phase 5 Takeda Pincer Attack¹
7. Domyoji 1615 - Heights of Komatsuyama¹
8. Domyoji 1615 - Battle among the Tombs
Errata for these scenarios

Commands and Colors Bonus Scenarios: (Available as download only)
9. First Azuki-zaka 1542
10. Second Azuki-zaka 1548
11. Okehazama 1560 - Border Fort Marune
12. Okehazama 1560 - Dengakuhazama

Bonus Scenarios A4 Size Samurai Battles Commands & Colors scenarios 9-12
Bonus Scenarios US Letter Size Richard Borg's Samurai Battles Commands & Colors scenarios 9-12 US LETTER FORMAT

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Samurai Battles
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English/Russian first edition
Publisher: Zvezda
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Year: 2012
Product Code: ZVE6413
Size: 14.96 x 11.02 x 3.94 inches
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Release Date: Jun 2012
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1 Genepei War - VASSAL extension
An extension for the Samurai Battles VASSAL module to play Genpei War scenarios designed by BrentS and published on BBG. Art by earache and StevenE.
English
2015-08-25
3 AoT Combined Rules Player Aid.v3
Version 3 with edits and a new Quick Reference page to help with symbols and modifiers to help avoid going back to the rule book.
English
2015-04-24
2 Personalized Dragon card spanish. Cartas Dragon personalizadas en español
Cartas dragon en Español personalizadas, ya que las originales son muy "simples". La parte trasera esta en la ultima hoja, la he preparado para recortar por delante, de tal manera que mas o menos da igual la parte posterior, no se necesita centrarlas perfectamente. Para un mejor resultado aconsejo plastificarlas, recortarlas y redondear las esquinas. Personalized dragon cards in spanish, because the original ones are so "simple". The back of the cards are in the last page, I prepare it in order it is not necessary to do a perfect adjustment, so you can cut from the frontal. I kindly recommended plasticide it and rounded the corners.
Spanish
2015-04-21
4 Command cards spanish personalized. Cartas de mando en español personalizadas
Cartas de mando en Español personalizadas, ya que las originales son muy "simples". La parte trasera esta en la ultima hoja, la he preparado para recortar por delante, de tal manera que mas o menos da igual la parte posterior, no se necesita centrarlas perfectamente. Para un mejor resultado aconsejo plastificarlas, recortarlas y redondear las esquinas. Personalized Command cards in spanish, because the original ones are so "simple". The back of the cards are in the last page, I prepare it in order it is not necessary to do a perfect adjustment, so you can cut from the frontal. I kindly recommended plasticide it and rounded the corners.
Spanish
2015-04-21
0 Cartas Dragon español
Cartas Dragón traducidas a escala.
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2015-02-21
0 Cartas Mando C&C Español
Cartas traducidas al español para enfundar con las originales del juego. Immprimir PDF al 100%.
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2015-02-20
1 AoT Scenario - Rescue the Daimyo
A daimyo traveling through the woodlands is separated from his bodyguard, just as a rival chooses that moment to strike! Can his samurai warriors arrive in time?
English
2015-02-02
3 AoT Scenario - Cavalry Battle
As the armies of two rival daimyo prepare for battle, their mounted samurai troops encounter each other. The outcome of this skirmish could decide the entire battle, as the winner can attack the enemy's exposed flank!
English
2015-01-26
3 AoT Scenario - Mountain Shrine
A famous shrine stands on the border between the domains of two rival daimyos. When a peaceful solution cannot be found, they both send their finest soldiers to claim it for themselves.
English
2015-01-21
1 AoT Scenario - Between the Rivers
Scenario for use with Art of Tactic Samurai Battles rules. Disrupted by poor weather, the attacker must rally his disorganized forces and cross a well-defended river to achieve his objectives.
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