I have been obsessed for awhile now with the idea of making some Space Marines that are based on feudal Japan’s legendary Samurai. I sadly will likely not be able to see this vision of mine come to life as I simply don’t have the money to start another wh40k army, but none the less I wanted to share with you what I have found, and hopefully learn of some more resources if you know of any I haven’t covered here.
I’m not going to touch on what Space Marine units (armor patterns) I think would be best to use, or what my lore ideas are behind my Samurai dream team lol. Instead I’m going to simply present you with what I found, and a little advice on how it could be used.
First up from https://puppetswar.eu (I really love these guys!!!!)
We have an awesome selection of Samurai heads and Katanas
They also have some ninja heads and ashigaru heads if you wanted to go that way with your army or maybe make your scouts like that. And they have some cool banners!
Then there is is this guy who is an awesome model, but honestly I would just get him for his bits to kit bash!
Next from http://anvilindustry.co.uk we have some really cool heads that while they are not (that I know of) actually intended to be samurai heads, I really think they look the part!
Then of course there are these great options for heads, back packs and more katanas from https://bitsofwar.com (Kromlech)
Honestly I think these are some of the best options available, and they are the only ones I have found with back packs!
If you want to go for a more traditional look then these heads from https://maxmini.eu/ are really good too
Finally some of the best I have found are from this source I just discovered https://www.shapeways.com/shops/haze_miniatures They have a great range of Katanas, Nodachi and Naganatas. But best of all they have some amazing looking shoulder pads that read very samurai while still keeping the traditional space marine pauldron look (because let’s face it even the least codex complying chapters still have the general space marine look) they also have some helmets that I assume you can just put one any bare head of your choosing.
Sadly in all my searching this is all I have been able to find. What do you think? Do you know of some more sources?
As always I would love to hear from you! Any and all feed back and advice is welcome!