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Salute, the biggest one day gaming show in the UK, happened recently.  We made our annual trip all the way to London (not too difficult as the UK is only a small country really).  This year though I had less on my list of things to buy…

The central aspect for my plan was to dip my toe into a new game. Not an uncommon expectation for an attendee of a game show.  This year though, I had the name of that game clear in my head.

Bushido – by GCT Studios.  Coronasan had introduced this game to us a year or so ago.  I liked it back then, and the more observant of you may have seen an increasing number of oriental items appearing in the shed and in these posts.  The general theme of the last months has varied but a lot of the games have shown an oriental edge. These influences include Ronin by Osprey, my Wolsung Triad Orc crew, new bamboo groves and smaller stands of blossom trees.

I succeeded in picking up a starter crew and the main rulebook for Bushido at Salute at good prices. On the day after, during a family shopping trip, I found these great little items.  The arch was a fishtank ornament and the Buddha was a tea light holder from a pound shop.  Both Bargains to my mind.

The starter I chose was for The Silvermoon Trade Syndicate. The fluff in the book describes them as a group of criminal gangs that have used their ill gotten gains to make themselves into the bank for the Bushido world.  As such, their power is now widespread and they have gained influence over the other families due to their loans and debts.

The crew itself fits in well with my Wolsung Triad crew.  The figures are however, of a notably larger scale than those for Wolsung.

The figures are great although the smaller parts are very fine.  So fine that the weapons and hands were too fine to pin (not that I am any good at that anyhow).

My solution is one I have used in the past.  Glue coated thread and a heavy frown on my brow while I am carefully winding it around the wrists.  If you do it right the thread looks like bracelets or bindings.  If you do it wrong it looks like you wrapped the arms in glue and thread…

Even after all the hassle with the arms, this chap stands out as a great example of the effort taken by GCT Studios to pose their figures.  From the momentum expressed by the clothing and ribbons to the flip flop stretched to its limits as he leaps forward. The effort they have put in is greatly appreciated by me.  We will see how the whole thing comes out after I paint him up.

Judging by our owning Wolsung for a year before playing it, I will wait and see how long it takes to get this on the table.

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