Discussion in 'Historical References, Literature & Media Review' started by yellowcat, Nov 19, 2019.
Kogire-Kai Japan auction house Samurai catalogue 2014 pdf file HERE
Just what I was looking for !!!!
A friend of mine asked me to paint some Samurai for him, from boutique Repliqua.
This is the first one. A Kagemusha (???)..... hope I can find the right colors in this reference. Is there also a part 2 and 3 ?
Any advice ?
The catalogue is magnificent and chock full of good stuff - but a word of caution Hans - the most colourful and appealing
are examples of later Edo period armour, and were mainly ceremonial pieces which might not be applicable for the figures
you wish to paint. I'm not sure how a 'Kagemusha' features in your plans (a Kagamusha or 'shadow-warrior' was a decoy
dressed in his warlord's clothes or armour to deflect the enemy's attention) so if you're intending to represent one just help
yourself to whatever lordly armour that suits.
A job to paint some samurai for a client sounds heavenly...........lucky you !
Wow, excellent reference, thank you!
Hi Fogie, well, looking at the reference a lot of "black" was worn.
Most armour of the later Momoyama period was lacquered black (that is black with a bit of red in it to impart a 'warmish' tone), with others
lacquered brown or sometimes a russet tone which was in fact a sort of controlled rust not unlike that of a British 'Brown Bess' musket. Some
clans wore a lustrous cherry red armour. The thing with the later samurai class is that they regarded rich and ornate colours as immodest and
an unacceptable show of conceit. Although a few painters here show wonderfully painted rich samurai costumes, they're technically incorrect
and no self-respecting samurai would care to be found wearing them dead in a ditch. The really difficult part when painting samurai figures is
to make them somehow visually appealing when only using what the western eye regards as dowdy colours.
There is part 2 and 3 but they are for some art objects and paintings. Nothing on Samurai stuff so I did not include in the thread.
Here is a book that I have previously sold to a PF member. The last section shown red armour of the Ii clan the famous Red Devil Samurai.
Just had an extra thought that might provide further info.... The Stibberts museum in Florence houses probably the finest
collection of Japanese armour in Europe I went there once and had to spend a bit of time trooping around the costumes and
historical ceramics with Mrs Fogie first, but once we reached the armoury it was glorious. Sadly their website is woefully grim,
but if you search 'images' of Stibberts Japanese collection you'll find some useful pictures.
Can't reach their website........ the catalog provides good info but...looking at the figure he also wears some 'normal' cloth like pants and a shirt.........what colors could those have ?
Something like this ?
This one is a samurai ( or more accurately a saburai ) of the Heian period. His armour robe is made of coloured silk invariably embellished with a small repeated
pattern - sometimes floral or with simple geometric shapes. Colours varied, but it was the prerogative of a senior or high status warrior to wear red. The left arm was encased in a tight doeskin sleeve to prevent the wider sleeves of the robe from fouling the bow string.
As for Stibberts, simply google 'stibberts japanese armour collection' and then look at google images.
Hans, Felix posted this a short while ago.....it's tremendous and will explain some invaluable details ( it's a 'must have' for anyone
hoping to paint samurai figures of the Heian).
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