Currently on the painting table is a unit of Steppe nomads. These are Khitans from Essex. The Khitans were a semi-nomadic people north of China in the tenth and eleventh century, fighting often with the Chinese and Koreans. However, it was a subject people of theirs, the Jin, who ultimately destroyed their empire.
The Khitans will do double duty as Steppe nomads in SAGA and in a related project I am finally moving forward on.
Below are two packs of minis I ordered from Curtey's in the UK arrived this week. I placed the order less than two weeks prior - all in all excellent service and I plan to order more, as this was more of a sample order. These are Tibetan cataphracts and heavy infantry.
Some of the Curtey's Chinese stuff seemed overly stylized (i.e. disproportionate). However, the Tibetans looked nice and I took a chance. I am very pleased with the sculpts, and the metal quality is excellent - some of the best I have ever seen.
So, yes, with the Chinese, Khitans and Tibetans I am now working on more Far East figures for skirmish gaming. My two options are to modify either SAGA or Ronin for these armies. Ideally, I will play the Chinese and Tibetans on existing battle boards with minimal modification to preserve game balance. Stay tuned.
And finally, while I was away from the blog I backed this on Kickstarter: Resin Terrain Kickstarter
I have been making an effort to limit my crowd funding budget, but this one struck me as an interesting idea for flexible terrain solutions.