Sources to Make Samurai Space Marines

here is a compilation of sources for parts that can be used to create some stunning Samurai themed Space Marines!

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!

Author: Kralgor

I'm a law student that absolutely loves WH40K, and all things related. As far as the hobby goes, I love to do kitbashes, paint and sculpt miniatures. I also love making scratch built tabletop terrain. I honestly almost consider the terrain aspect a hobby all unto itself as creativity is really your only limitation with scratch building terrain.

7 thoughts on “Sources to Make Samurai Space Marines”

    1. I love puppets war, but I have been very sad and disappointed to see how much of there products the no longer carry. They used to have some really amazing shoulder pads, but now they got rid of all of those save some really dumb boxy generic ones. And some of their awesome heads and weapons are no longer carried sadly. Still all that said, they have some great exceptionally high quality items, and are often my number one go to for bits!

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      1. That’s a shame, I’ve noticed some bits and pieces going missing from their page myself. High quality bits though, I agree. Think they are an often overlooked source for conversion pieces.

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  1. BW Terrain & Forge on shapeways has an entire line of samurai products for both my personal chapter “The Rising Sons”, and without branding. Also he has volkite pistols, rifles, and culverins; just redesigned his katanas, made a badass divine dragon king jump pack for my smash captain, and has heads for all space marines in both regular and primaris sizes, including a command squad of heads and a kabuki mystic veteran squad set of heads. The biggest work of art of all is he made a Buddhist shrine dreadnought. Check out 1d4chan for the article, search “Rising Sons” and the page on the chapter will come up. BW Terrain & Forge is the best place hands down for the samurai stuff, all of it was designed specifically for samurai marines.

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  2. I was on this same hunt. Still am which is how I came across this post.
    My advice (after paying nearly £50 for 10 swords. stay away from shapeways. The quality is trash even at the highest quality level. one side of these swords has ridges all the way down which basically amke them unusable. It will show up in a paint job.
    I have a dispute with them trying to get a refund and send them back

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