WFB – Daisho setting of Nippon! Background and Ideas..

Written by  on October 19, 2015 

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I am just working out a campaign for the game Daisho, which I wrote about in my last post. I like the idea of setting the scene in a world I am very familiar with, but never the less have a lot of freedom to play around with.

Nippon for those who are not aware is basically Japan in the Warhammer! Which you can see in the following maps.

old world


Sadly I haven’t been able to find where the two close up maps of Nippon originate from, maybe some one reading this will have a better idea?

GW wrote about Nippon I believe in 2nd and 3rd only and after that the fabled land got forgotten by the mainstream gamers. There was a supplement written but never released for WFRP for Nippon called Tetsubo, but as Graeme Davis explained on the Oldhammer Facebook Page…

Graeme Davis The East was never officially opened up by GW. They stuck a toe in the water – after Kagemusha, the Shogun miniseries and the 80s fashion for Japanese characters on T-shirts, there was a lot of interest in feudal Japan among 80s geeks.

There was the short-lived Oriental Heroes range, and the Perrys did a few ninja minis, but almost nothing in the way of text. I proposed an Oriental Heroes vs. hobgoblins battle box (working title: Bakemono’s Revenge) but the battle boxes were dropped after McDeath.

What Mark found is the mortal remains of the Tetsubo project. Dave Morris and Oliver Johnson, authors of the “Way of the Tiger” gamebooks, were commissioned to create a Nippon supplement for WFRP1. I was one of the people who looked over the original ms when they turned it in, and everyone agreed it didn’t nail the WFRP tone. It was more like an adaptation of FGU’s Bushido to use WFRP1 rules. It languished in a “to be developed” pile for a long time, but nothing happened with it. As time went on it was getting harder and harder to get a green light for a new Enemy Within adventure, let alone opening up a whole new region. Then the fashion for Japanese stuff faded and that was that.

For what it’s worth, I remember two pieces of Nippon fluff from back then:

1. The Cult of the Orange Simca (aka Simcism): a reference to a car owned by Rick or Hal, I can’t remember which. May appear in earlier Citadel Journals or similar. Orange-robed monks, Simca is a Buddha-like figure.

2. Vimto: a martial art (“the way of martial vigour”), named after a soft drink popular in the Nottingham area. Not sure if this was ever mentioned in any publication or if it was just a joke around the office

Here is some more background information

Summary of Tetsubo

Lucky Tetsubo got used in background for fabled lands, which also has a link to Tetsubo!

FabledLands Dem-Bones

Tetsubo Rules set

I am currently looking to get some better images from the Ravages Hordes books and 3rd Ed army lists. There is interesting units like rockets/cannons and Kamikaze unit! Also it good to see that Mathias Eliasson has yet again been busy writing up list for the more current editions (his fanbased army list was very inspiring for my fimir army too), and supplied us with the following

Warhammer Army Nippon

Well thanks for reading my rantings

If your still not inspired I suggest watching Ninja Scrolls….

Here is the tailer for advertising it.. it pretty easy to find the whole movie now 😉

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