Commands & Colors: Samurai Battles

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Commands & Colors: Samurai Battles

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Domyoji 1615 - Battle Among the Tombs
As the Tokugawa army was making their way across the river in pursuit of the remaining Osaka forces from the Heights of Komatsuyama, the fog cleared to reveal the entire Osaka army still blundering forward. On the Osaka left was …

Domyoji 1615 - Heights of Komatsuyama
Goto Mototsugu, leading the vanguard of a large Osaka army, had already crossed the Ishikawa River early in the morning of June 3. When his scouts reported that the Tokugawa Army was moving towards the Heights of Komatsuyama, Goto made …

Sekigahara 1600 - Assault against Ishida Mitsunari
Around 8:30AM, Kuroda Nagamasa led several other eastern generals and their troops in a direct assault against Ishida Mitsunari's command post. Mitsunari position's, however, was guarded by the men of Gamo Bitchu and Shíma Sakon. These units had…

Sekigahara 1600 - East of Mt. Nangu
East of Mount Nangu, Asano Yukinaga, hearing the sound of battle, charged his eastern samurai forward. They struck home on Natsuka Masaie's position, which surprised the other western commanders, who for the most part just watched as the fight…

Sekigahara 1600 - Opening Attack
The battle was fought around the small village of Sekígahara, astride one of Japan's key feudal-era roads. It was here that Ishida Mitsunari and his western allies planned to meet and stop the advance of Tokugawa Ieyasu and his eastern …

Suriagehara 1589
In early 1589 Inawashiro Morikuni joined the Date side. Ashina Yoshihiro mustered an army and marched to Suriagehara, where Date's men were formed and ready for battle. Yoshihiro deployed his army and attacked. The Ashina vanguard made good progress…

Takakura Castle 1585
All out war was waging between the families of Date and Hatakeyama, after the head of the Date family was kidnapped and killed by the head of the Hatakeyama family, who was also in turn put to death after the …

Okitanawate 1584
Learning of the main advance of the Ryuzoji army, which hoped to crush his domain, Shimazu Iehisa chose to make a stand at Okitanawate despite being heavily outnumbered. In addition to being a confined area, Iehisa constructed a palisade across …

Tedorigawa 1577
Uesugi Kenshin invaded Noto province in the fall of 1577, prompting Oda Nobunaga to dispatch a sizable army to the relief of his allies at Nanao castle. Kenshin was initally hesitant to face the great host, but before the Oda …

Nagashino 1575 - Takeda Left Attack
The extreme right of the Oda-Tokugawa army was not protected by wooden palisades, as were the center and left. So when Yamagata Masakage and Hera Masatane charged forward it became one huge melee. Although Yamagata Masakage was skilled in combat, …

Nagashino 1575 - Takeda Right Attack
On the right, when Baba Nobuharu's attack force emerged from the forest, he also saw an opportunity to defeat his enemies and ordered his cavalry to charge. But because of the forested hill to his light, he could not outflank …

Nagashino 1575 - Takeda Center Attack
Even though Takeda Katsuyori was faced with a numerically superior enemy force, Katsuyori, over the objections of his veteran commanders, opted to attack. Wary of the Takeda cavalry charge, Oda Nobunaga constructed wooden palisades, interspersed with…

Nagashino 1575 - Battle Overview
In the summer of 1575, Takeda Katsuyori led his army into the Tokugawa domain and besieged Nagashino Castle. Oda Nobunaga and Tokugawa Ieyasu led a combined army to relieve the siege. They established their position on the plain of Shitirabara. …

Kizakihara 1572
Ito Yoshisuke consolidated his gains over Hyuga province with the capture of Obi. Ito then pushed into Osumí, a holding of the Shimazu clan. Shimazu Yoshihiro only had few men with him, but was determined to make a stand. By …

The Ravine Near Saigadake 1572
After his retreat to Hamamatsu castle, the Takeda army leaders suspected a trick and did not attack the castle, when they saw the open castle gate, light of the fires and heard the Tokugawa drums. The army, instead, pulled back …

Mikata-Ga-Hara 1572
By 1572 Takeda Shingen was at the height of his power largely due to his superb Samurai cavalry. Although Tokugawa Ieysu was not his greatest threat, Ieysu would not grant the Takeda army right of passage to attack elsewhere. Shingen …

Anegawa 1570 - Oda against Asai
As both sides deployed for battle with Oda facing Asai and Tokugawa against Asakura, the one engagement actually became two separate battles. On the Oda right flank, the Asai were having the better of Nobunaga's troops. One Asai samurai named …

Anegawa 1570 - Tokugawa against Asakura
As both sides deployed for battle with Oda facing Asai and Tokugawa against Asakura, the one engagement actually became two separate battles. Tokugawa Ieyasu personally led his troops against the Asakura and gained the initiative when he ordered…

Anegawa 1570 - Battle Overview
In 1568 Oda Nobunaga's army had control of Kyoto, but when the Asai joined Asakura, together they effectively cut off Oda's army from its home base. With some sly maneuvering, however, Oda managed to return home and after reinforcing his …

Nunobeyama 1570
In 1570, Amako Katsuhisa was convinced to return to samurai life after living as a monk for four years. He joined Yamanaks Shikanosuke at Niiyama castle just in time to meet the invading Mori forces about to cross the Linashígawa. …

Mimasetoge 1569
Catching the Hojo totally unprepared, the Takeda invasion was swift and the Hojo base ot Odawara was surrounded. The enemy, however, refused to fight outside the fortress and Takeda Shingen, not ready for a siege ordered a retreat. Hojo Ujikunia …

Second Konodai 1564 - January 8
After a hard days fighting, the Hojo army during the night repositioned to attack Satomi Yoshihiro's army who had fallen back. Yoshihiro had expected help to arrive from his allies, but none had come during the night. The battle resumed …

Second Konodai 1564 - January 7
Having received a report that the Satomi force had capture Konodai castle, Hojo Ujiyasu summoned his retainers and ordered the advance to Konodai. Although the Hojo army was more that double the strength of Satomi Yoshihiro”s army, many men were …

Fourth Kawanakajima 1561 - Phase 5 Takeda Pincer Attack
By midday Kosaka's flanking force was across the Chikumagawa and charged into the rear of the Uesugi army. Caught between Kosaka from the rear and Shingen, who had reformed the Takeda battle line, to their front, the Uesugi army began …

Fourth Kawanakajima 1561 - Phase 4 Fords of Amenomiya
Through the night the flanking force of “Operation Woodpecker" under the command of Kosaka had ascended Mt. Saijo only to find that the Uesugi troops had abandoned the position. Hearing the sound of battle, Kosaka quickly moved to the fords …

Fourth Kawanakajima 1561 - Phase 3 Attack against Takeda Command Tent
The Uesugi troops had pushed forward and were in sight of Takeda Shingen*s command tent. Shingen, unaware the enemy was so close, had been directing the battle when his headquarters and bodyguard were attacked. Not having time to draw his …

Fourth Kawanakajima 1561 - Phase 2 Yamamoto Kansuke Charge
As the battle developed, the Uesugi troops were deployed in a “Winding Wheel” formation as their forces advanced. This tactical formation allowed their front line units to be replaced by fresh troops as the forces moved forward. While the Takeda …

Fourth Kawanakajima 1561 - Phase 1 Uesugi Vanguard Attacks
The battles of Kawanakajima is the story of two powerful clans, each at the limits of their geographical power, but neither clan in the first three battles were willing to commit and therefore resulted in indecisive encounters. In 1561, Uesugi …

Okehazama 1560 - Dengakuhazama Gorge
After his army's success at capturing the Oda border forts of Marune and Washízu, the Imagawa army and its commander Yoshimoto took time to rest and celebrate their victories in a wooded gorge called Dengakuhazama. Nobunga, hearing of this, quickly …

Okehazama 1560 - Border Fort Marune
In ]une of 1560, Imagawa Yoshimoto assembled a large army with a dream of rising above a local daimyo to become shogunate of all Japan. All that stood in his path to Kyoto, Japan's capital city, was an old rival, …

Second Battle of Azukizaka 1548
In 1548 Oda Nobuhide led an army into Mikawa, his objective being the Matsudaira's capital city of Okazaki. Matudaíra's young lord, Hirotada, turned to Imagawa for assistance and agreed to provide his only son as a hostage in return for …

Kawagoe Castle 1546
In 1545-1546 Uesugi Tomomasa, With the assistance of his powerful relative Uesugi Norimasa and the Kamukura shogun, Ashikaga Haruuji, besieged the strategically important Kawagoe Castle, then held by the Hojo clan. Despite an overwhelming attacking…

First Battle of Azukizaka 1542
The Oda and Imagawa were great rivals, but fighting between these two families was rare, for the two were separated by the domains of the Matsudaira family. In 1542, however, Oda Nobuhide and Imagawa Yashimoto, seeking to extend their influence …

Koriyama Castle 1541 - January
In late December, Sue Harukata arrived with the Ouchi relief force, Motonari decided to strike again and ordered Harukata to guard his rear with the Ouchi, while he moved to attack the Amako allied camp at Miyazaki Nagao. But Harukata …

Koriyama Castle 1540 - October
ln October, although rebuffed on a number of occasions, Akíhisa renewed the offensive, burning the remaining buildings outside the castle. Mori Motonari still believed he could prevail and decided to risk a general engagement, but before he marched…

Koriyama Castle 1540 - September
In early September, Motonari sent a small group of Ashigaru across the Tajii to provoke the Amako into attacking. When the Amako troops came out to drive them back, the Ashigaru fled back across the river to the safety of …

Koriyama Castle 1540 - River Enokawu
Early in 1540, Akihisa, leader of the Amako, proposed a full-scale invasion against the Mori. Before attacking the capital city of Mori, as an advance force, he sent the troops of Amako Kunihisa, of the Shinguto clan, via the Bingo …

Arita Castle 1517 - Phase 2 Matauchi River
Takeda Mutushige, learning of the fate of Motonao, marched to the Matauchi River and found Motonari and his allies on the opposite bank. Although outnumbered, Motonari decided to attack and sent half his men across the river while a small …

Arita Castle 1517 - Phase 1 Takeda Vanguard
When the head of the Mori Clan died suddenly, Takeda Motoshige saw the opportunity to advance into Mori territory and capture Arita Castle. Provoked into action, Motonari, just a young man of 20 years, mobilized the Mori clan and set …

First Samurai Skirmish
The First Samurai Skirmish is a non-historical scenario expressly designed to introduce you and a friend to the basics of Samurai warfare using the Commands & Colors Samurai Battles rules. This is the format that we will be using for …
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