Ashigaru Missile Troops

23,20 €
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Description

The biggest change in the Sengoku period (1467-1603) would affect the role of rocket troops in combat. At the beginning of the period, these were all armed with the yumi (bow) and fought in coordinated units to pelt the enemy with their arrows. This bow, like the equivalent English longbow, took many years of training to perfect, but it was deadly when used properly. Due to the training required, there have never been as many armed yumi troops as a daimyo might want!

This product contains:

  • 20 plastic ashigaru with bow and arquebus
  • Sticker sheet with Takeda clan markings
  • assembly brochure
  • Plastic base

This changed with the introduction of firearms in 1543 by some Portuguese merchants. It didn't take long for savvy daimyos to recognize the opportunity they presented. As in Europe, the relative lack of training required to use one meant that teppo (muskets) quickly replaced the yumi as the missile weapon of choice.

From having no gunpowder weapons before their introduction within 60 years teppo would outnumber yumi on the battlefield by a ratio of 4 or 5 to 1. However the yumi did not disappear, there would always be yumi armed troops amongst the teppo to help protect them while they reload.


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