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Ashigaru-archers

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1/72 Scale Model Kit also suitable for use with Samurai Battles

By the 16th Century, ashigaru warriors represented the bulk of Japanese feudal armies, often out-numbering the famous samurai. Many ashigaru were trained and equipped to fight with the yumi, or Japanese bow. Probably using tactics learned during the Mongol invasions of the 13th Century, these massed units of bowmen would fire heavy volleys of arrows at the enemy.

The yumi is distinctive because of the different length “limbs”, with much of the bow’s length extending above the hand grip. This style dates to at least the 5th Century, but continued to evolve through the 16th Century. Traditional yumi were constructed from laminated bamboo, wood, and leather, with a string made from hemp and glue.

This kit includes five plastic model Japanese warriors armed with bows. Models can be assembled individually, or combined using the large unit base. Includes two colors of back banners. Includes unit flags and unit card for use with the Samurai Battles game.

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