Peasants with improvised weapons:
Peasants with Naginata:
Unfortunately, eight figures does not make for much of a peasant buntai in Ronin. These eight would cost a total of 48 points (4 per figure, and an extra 4 points for the spears) - which is equivalent to two Samurai. All in all, it is probably an accurate equivalency, but running them as bandits could upgrade a couple of them.
To round out the peasants, I made an ebay purchase for five of these unnamed figures in Japanese straw coats. Properly called the mino, it was a rain coat or rudimentary protective gear worn from ancient times to the Edo period. No manufacturer was identified by the seller, but from the proportions, it looks like Curteys or Dixon. However, I couldn't find a matching example on either website. Suggestions?
A few of these slightly better armed peasants would bring my point total up to 96 points. Peasants can also hire any number of Ronin or a single Monk. Adding in a single Ronin (Assault Group) and a Monk (Reaper) brings the peasants up to 150 point, enough for a quick game.
They look sufficiently determined, but I doubt their effectiveness in battle. One bonus to this faction is the ability to earn victory points at a higher rate than other warbands, which could up for their obvious disadvantages.