16th C. Feudal Japanese

​The 12th through 17th Centuries CE in Japan saw the rise of the samurai class from provincial warrior clans to powerful feuding provincial warlords known as daimyo. Nominally under the control of the Emperor, true power came to lie with the top military leader, known as the Shogun, though their power and control over the daimyo waxed and waned throughout the periods. This range is ideal to cover the period known as the Sengoku Jidai, the Age of Warring States, which began with the Ōnin War in 1467 and continued through until the unification under the Three Great Unifiers, Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu, who closed the period with the foundation of the Tokugawa shogunate in 1603. During this time Japan also launched the invasion of Korea, known as the Imjin War, as well as seeing multiple militant Buddist and peasant uprisings, most notably the Ikkō-ikki, taking control of provinces away from the samurai rulers for a time.

The wars of this period saw rapid changes in arms and tactics and although the samurai remained the preeminent warrior on the battlefield, weapons such as the naginata and yumi bow were steadily replaced by the yari spear and an adaption of the European arquebus known as a teppo, and armies came to consist largely of peasant conscripts known as ashigaru ("light feet"). Firearms (and Christianity) were introduced by the Portuguese in 1543 and were readily adopted, indeed by the end of the 16th Century, it is estimated that there were more firearms in Japan than in any other nation at the time.

The range also includes warriors from more traditional periods of warfare and may be used or proxied for the likes of the Genpei War of 1180 to 1185, the Mongol Invasions of 1274 and 1281 and the Genkō War of 1331 to 1333 CE.

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