Thursday, 12 April 2018

So tell me about Bushido?

Welcome boys and girls back to my section of the underwebs, bit of something new today folks:


Bushido is an oriental fantasy tabletop miniature battle game for two players. Each player commands a force of no more than a handful of individuals, represented by 32mm metal miniatures. 

These forces meet on the battlefield and the commanders (the players, that is) try to outwit, outfight and outlive the opposing force and fulfil their battle objectives while denying the enemy theirs. If you have played tabletop miniature games before, Bushido falls into the ‘skirmish game’ category: all miniatures represent individuals and your force consists of a small group of unique characters rather than a big faceless army. 

A game of Bushido is fast-moving, flexible and filled with strategizing, counter-strategizing and counter-counter-strategizing. Your tactical acumen is important, but as dice add an element of randomness, so too is your ability to think on your feet. 

A typical game of Bushido takes between one and two hours to play - more if you are new to the game, less if you are a seasoned veteran.

So that was the blurb from the game website and it sounds quite interesting. Now as you know I'm a bit of a jaded gamer always on the hunt for a new game to play and waste my hobby time and funds on, I can't just stick to 1 project to completion (I need to change stuff up).

Now my long suffering reg opponent Pat has taken a interest in Bushido (Painting 2 Warbands and starting work on some scenery) and asked if I fancied giving it a bash.

Honestly I haven't made up my mind quite yet.

One of the many reasons I'm ummming is that the price is rather high at around £30rrp for a starting Warband (5-7 figures, plus cards).

That is rather high, of course you could find alternative figures and print off the cards but would the game still have the ''Ultra-glossy'' feel about it.

Another problem is I just don't know if the game has any real fanbase and my research so far doesn't imply one way or the other.

Now this is where you loyal readers come in and the point of this Blog post, have you played it? What's your thoughts? Should I give it a bash? Do you want me baby? 

Thanks for reading and of course hopefully commenting.

Ta Ta for now!


  1. On youtube there is a channel called Guerrilla Miniature Games. There are several videos of gameplay of Bushido. Here's a link to the playlist:
    Start with the "Let's Play!" as that contains an explanation of the rules and gameplay.

    Hope that helps. I've never played, although I tend not to like "boutique" games [Games that require "our figures", "Our special cards" & "Our special dice"] all that often [probably my historical wargaming roots, figures and rules were separate concerns]. Although Samurai and their attendant fantasy figures should have use outside of this particular game if/when you lose interest in the rules.

    1. Thanks I've watched the GMG videos as part of my research. They are well done and enjoyed them actually but you can only learn so much from a Youtube video :). I agree with you about games that require special cards and dice tend to put me off, games SAGA and Bolt Action using special dice took me awhile to get into due to that as it's all added expense. Thanks for the reply :)

  2. I bought the rules and the Yurei starter set along w some other minis from the faction, and when they arrived, I found they were made of dozens of tiny fiddly pieces, and I sold the lot off! I just don't get any pleasure from fussy multi-part minis.

    1. Ugh yeah I much prefer me some monopose stuff, hate building fiddly bits. Are they as bad as Infinity?

  3. Sounds like an interesting game, not played it at all Chico and Mr Regan's comment has put me off a little, will watch the Guerrilla games vid, don't know anyone playing it at our club.Will get back to you if I discover anything astonishing :-)

    1. Aye cheers bud, it certainly is interesting with all the werid demons and monsters and of course Ninjas.. Ninjas make everything better :)

  4. Seen the minis and they can be very lovely pieces, but I've heard the rules are clunky and I can't remember if you even have Oriental type scenery? If not, then it'd be yet one more thing to buy.

    Look up Gangs of Rome instead. They just put up a sweet two player set that includes a bit of lovely Sarissa terrain for a silly affordable price. And you only need a few figs each side.

    1. Yeah the figures are very nice and it does seem the rules are very much designed to be very micro-manged with everyone having skills and specials. Oriental scenery we have covered as Pat has 3D printed loads. Gangs of Rome I know very well as Pat is trying to get me to play that as's just not quite my cup of tea and the price point is on par with this as well. But you never know I could go down that route at some point. Thanks :)


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