Thursday, 17 July 2014

Oni-Ni-Kanabo

Another HoT army. This time they will form a matched pair with The Samurai. Who are they? They are The Oni of Japanese legend.
From wiki - Depictions of oni vary widely but usually portray them as hideous, gigantic ogre-like creatures with sharp claws, wild hair, and two long horns growing from their heads.[2] They are humanoid for the most part, but occasionally, they are shown with unnatural features such as odd numbers of eyes or extra fingers and toes. Their skin may be any number of colours, but red and blue are particularly common.
They are often depicted wearing tiger-skin loincloths and carrying iron clubs called kanabō (金棒?). This image leads to the expression "oni with an iron club" (鬼に金棒 oni-ni-kanabō), that is, to be invincible or undefeatable. It can also be used in the sense of "strong beyond strong".
I found the figures in a boxed game of Dungeons and Dragons from a, you guessed it, local charity shop.They're pretty big, but then so are Oni, so no problems there. Their great size means Behemoth but you can only have 12 points worth of them so the next best fit seems to be Warband. Thus we have:
1 x Behemoth General @ 4pts
2 x Behemoth @ 8pts
6 x Warband @ 12pts
I have obtained some images from the web of various Oni. I noticed how much like devils of Western imagination they look.





UATH!


4 comments:

  1. Nice images. Oni appear in Jay Kristoff's Stormdancer series of novels set in a steampunk imperial Japan. Could take your gaming in a whole other direction.

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    1. Thanks for the heads up on the Steampunky Oni!

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  2. What a great idea for a war band, fearsome looking bunch.

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    1. Cheers, Michael, you're quite right. I never turn my back on them......just in case ;)

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