1/20 Heian Period Samurai Archer
Hello, everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I wanted to share this figure which I finished not too long ago. The kit is from Pegaso models and was painted by hand using acrylics. All of the design work on his armor and clothing was painted freehand, no decals or stencils used. Below I included a couple images to show how the pattern on his chest was built up, bit by bit, to get the end result.
This was an especially challenging project for both the painting and the building. Because of the many overlapping pieces, the figure was assembled and painted in sections. For example, the armor plates around his waist make it difficult to access areas of the pants, so the underlying parts were painted first before the plates were attached. For the plates on his shoulders, the undersides can be seen, so those had to also be painted separately (including more freehand design work) before they could be glued on.
The color scheme and design work were inspired by the historical figure, Minamoto no Yoshitsune (1159-1189). Though no direct evidence exists to how he would have looked, one source referenced him in orange for one battle (hence the main clothing color). The symbols on the orange cloth are the emblem for the Minamoto clan. The rest is based on plausible color schemes and designs.
This project probably took me 120 hours or more to complete. It was enjoyable… though I think it will be a while before I dare to paint another samurai! I hope you like the end result.
11 additional images. Click to enlarge.