Strategy of the Warlords Part 1
Tony Aguilar commented on my last blog entry about the new Japanese TV show, which roughly translated would be Strategy of the Warlords. Tony asked for more information about who was being featured on the show, so I had my beautiful wife do some wargamer research for me. She translated the Japanese and I figured out what the heck it translated too in our DBA history terms lol. Many Japanese names for things are pretty different from what we call it, even translated, so it took a bit of work but we have now compiled the list of the two most recent shows and the upcoming broadcasts. (Please note I created the graphic above as the show guards its images and video aggressively. Their artwork is quite a bit more impressive than my own Photoshop efforts 😉
So, here is a listing of what battles they featured in the most recent two aired shows:
Takeda Shingen vs Uesugi Kenshin (20 Years after DBA Book IV/59)
In case you don’t know these guys, they’re very well-known Samurai commanders who faced each other a number of times at the battle of Kawanakajima. In the fourth meeting in 1561, they had a very famous encounter where Shingen had to defend himself against a mounted Kenshin with only his command fan. Here is a bronze statue from the Kawankajima (different linked website) area, which is in Nagano Prefecture:
This combat meeting has been the fodder for countless movies in Japan and elsewhere. Here are a few pictures that relate to the Kawanakajima battles:
And if that doesn’t satiate your Takeda Shingen vs Uesugi Kenshin, here are a couple of videos from Japanese YouTube:
This second one is a reenactment of the incident between the two held as a festival in the area in Japan. Good stuff!
3 Kingdoms Chinese (DBA Book II/63)
The previous show on the TV Show Strategy of the Warlords on NHK, was about the 3 Kingdoms Chinese which the show listed the dates from 180 AD – 280 AD. I know precious little about this period of history. Heck for that matter I don’t know much about Chinese history in general. DBA has been the only reason I’ve been introduced to any of it. I do find the images fascinating. There is no shortage of TV shows, movies, comics and video games about this period!
The DBA army looks very sound, and a lot of fun to play. I especially like it has an Arty element that can be fielded. I’m loathe to field any army anymore, which does NOT allow for an arty piece in the game! 😉
Here are a few wonderful images from this period of colorful Chinese history:
And whoever this cat is with the long beard, he’s obviously somebody famous he’s all over the place when you look this period up. I’m sure you Chinese history buffs would know this instantly. Alas, I don’t but here’s a pic:
And here is a movie poster for a flick about this period which came out recently:
And there have been plenty of fun, ridiculous and some newer really cool movies about this period:
About one minute into this next one you can see guys wearing a hat with an arrow through it, just like Steve Martin used to wear. Priceless! lol Still, I’m pretty intrigued now!
In Part 2 of this post, I will go over the next four shows for Strategy of the Warlords. There are a couple of famous guys from the Mediterranean and a couple more from Japan History. Stay tuned for Part 2 of Strategy of the Walords! Same Bat Channel, Same Bat Time!