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Subject: THE GENPEI PROJECT - New Units rss

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* PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE RULES HAVE BEEN SUPERCEDED - THE UPDATED RULES CAN BE FOUND IN THE GENPEI PROJECT BLOG *

Sohei Warriors

Blue triangle
Move 1 (or 2 and no battle)
Close Combat 3 dice
First H&F token they score in close combat is taken from the enemy army’s reserve (take 1 H&F token from the common pool if the enemy has none)
When eliminated, the Sohei warrior unit’s army loses 2 H&F tokens


Sohei Archers

Blue triangle
Move 1 (or 2 and no battle)
Close Combat 3 dice (2 dice if they moved) (may not close combat at all if ordered by an Infantry Onslaught)
Ranged Attack – 2 dice at 2 or 3 hex range (1 die if they moved)
First H&F token they score in close combat or ranged attack is taken from the enemy army’s reserve (take 1 H&F token from the common pool if the enemy has none)
When eliminated, the Sohei archer unit’s army loses 2 H&F tokens


Note: Ashigaru Infantry Arquebus units may not be fielded in Genpei War scenarios.
The Fire by Rank Dragon Card is treated as a blank card….it may be removed from the deck prior to play or discarded when drawn and a new card drawn in its place.

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Design note: I wanted to keep the Sohei as simple as possible. In truth the division between archer and close combat units in Samurai Battles is somewhat artificial, as samurai would not have specialised by unit, but wielded their melee weapons and bows as need required, but for variety I've gone with the same division for Sohei here. At this time some warrior monks were armed and armoured indistinguishably from their samurai counterparts but were perhaps less numerous, so I've elected to make them blue triangle units. Their interaction with H&F tokens is how I've differentiated them from samurai units…..their presence and success grants their army moral and spiritual conviction as it decreases these for the enemy, while their failure results in a loss of the same. The effect of movement on close combat for the Sohei Archers uses the Samurai Archer rules as precedent.

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If Sohel are equivalent to Samurai but less numerous, why not square with 3 figures instead of triangle with four? Just curious.
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g1ul10 wrote:
If Sohel are equivalent to Samurai but less numerous, why not square with 3 figures instead of triangle with four? Just curious.


That's a good thought but while making variant rules, I think it's always important to refrain from straying too far from precedent. While there are C&C games where there are variable numbers of figures/blocks in units (particularly in Napoleonics but also occasionally in Ancients), Samurai Battles has a 4 figure per unit standard across the board and I'd planned to stick to that precedent.

I'd see the difference in numbers of relative troops as the total available, not those fielded in units, so I probably shouldn't have emphasised that because that wasn't really the point I was trying to make. The idea I was trying to convey was that while there is a perception that these "warrior monks" were some sort of holy martial artist, they were probably in reality difficult to distinguish in arms and fighting style from samurai…..there were just less of them in total and they were less formally organised…….militarised pious laymen with strong temple attachments formed during previous centuries of doctrinal conflict between the highly political competing sects around the capital. This means that they can be represented as something similar to what is already in the game.

The real goal here was to give the sohei a strong enough presence to reflect their military strength but to differentiate them somehow from the samurai and to ensure that the elite samurai were still the dominant force (as there were both in battle and ultimately, by the end of the Genpei War, politically). So without changing figure numbers in units, this means keeping samurai red and sohei something else….blue with a twist.

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Peasants have 6 figure units
http://ccsamuraibattles.net/units/119-pi-peasant-militia.htm...

I'm not sure the Sohei need be distinguished from Samurai in any way, except never being mounted. I don't say it would be bad, but it could be easily simply included that way.
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