More than a thousand years ago, Itsubo, the legendary founder of the Haiatake Guard, was slain, cut down in glorious battle by an ancient enemy, and has been mourned ever since. His passing is marked yearly by grand celebrations that recount his words and deeds. But the sadness has finally lifted as the wise Koroko have proclaimed the spirit born again! The soul now resides in the body of Itsube, who must now live up to this mythical and timeless reputation. However, this puts her under immense strain. She feels unworthy of this un-earned mantle, and yet, Itsube will do everything she can not to let the Tengu, or herself, down. She is steadfast and unwavering in combat and hopes to inspire the Haiatake Guard to even greater skill at arms.
Blister contains one miniature, 30mm base and full colour profile card.
Released on June 10, 2022
Important: this model is included in the Faction Starter Set.
Blister contains one miniature supplied with a 30mm base and full colour profile card.
Released on April 21, 2022
Kukibo, the apprentice, is eager to learn what the others of his species can teach him. He fights alongside others of the same feather, and because of his youth, he can keep up with those of the Blue Gale, long-known for their dazzling speed and flying prowess. Kukibo, a wielder of magic, a shugenja, can smite the Tengu’s foes from above with pure lightning as well as make the storm dance to his tune.
Kukibo can damage enemies with his ranged attack, but it’s his Storm Manipulation Ki Feat that stands out. Combined with the Slam option, it allows Kukibo and his fellow Tengu options to extend range, strength, damage or potentially outmanoeuvre the enemy. Kukibo is an ideal addition to the Descension Starter Box and fits into the Blue Gale Scouting Party theme as a ranged and control option.
Released on Feb. 21, 2022
Amaruq quickly learned to master the fierce elements of the mountains she works and serves as inspiration for aspiring hunters. Nobody is foolish enough to want to fight in hand to hand combat with the monsters Amaruq calls prey and she is adept at taking them out long before they can become a threat. In worst case scenarios when the javelins have failed there are few amongst the hunters you would rather have at your side.
Released on Dec. 11, 2021
The rarest and largest of the Tengu, the Kurama are the leaders of the Tengu people. Buzenbo like all of his caste is a formidable warrior with both sword and bow. Standing ten foot tall and with a wing span three times that, the Kurama are a majestic sight on the battlefield. Soaring down and scattering the enemy with a thunderous beat of muscled wing before unleashing volley after volley of steel tipped arrows the length of a man. Even the bravest will tremble at the screech heard shortly before the shadow of Fujin’s wrath falls upon them.
Blister contains one miniature, 40mm base and full colour profile card.
The eagles are the eyes and ears of the Tengu, creating a potent early warning system should the enemy be foolish enough to climb into the snowy peaks of the Rokan. With beaks as sharp as steel and attacking with practised co-ordination, gouging and clawing down on the intruders, striking at weaknesses in the armour and exposed flesh.
Blister contains one miniature, 50mm base and full colour profile card.
The Itsubo are the bodyguards of the Washi and other deserving Tengu. Named for the founder of their order, they fight with unmatched fervour. The Itsubo of the Haiatake guard are one of the most elite fighting forces across the Jwar Isles. The Itsubo take pride in being part of the protective wall that defends their less physically impressive brethren. When deployed in defensive formation they are a force to be reckoned with.
The outcast, an iconoclast once shunned by the Tengu, his wings clipped by the elders for crimes unclear. The Kuren Tengu are one of the rarest and the black Kuren even rarer. However the Black Kuren is a portent to a great disaster. Cast out and thought dead, but Hakzabo survived, raised by a hermit hunter. He has become an agile and skilled hunter warrior, deftly dodging and leaping across the battlefield.
The Hilltribe Trackers go out into the wilderness to hunt, their prey is the snow yeti that also occupy the mountainous region the Tengu call home. They perform rituals before embarking and brave the elements without clothes on their upper torsos. The yeti are fearsome opponents and thus the trackers specialize in ranged attacks. Hoping to bring down the monsters with a well-placed javelin long before the brutes can bring their overwhelming strength to bear.
The many tribes of the mountain have been chased and persecuted for as long as the stories tell. Hounded into the mountains and left to scratch a meagre existence from the barren earth. This has made them a strong, resilient and resourceful people. Little is known about how or why the Tengu reached out to the tribes but the alliance has proved valuable to both sides. All the people of hill tribes are able warriors as they must be to survive in the harsh cold, when the need arises these people of snow and ice are fearsome combatants.
Blister contains one hilltribe warrior miniature, 30mm base and full colour profile card.
Hirobo is an unquestioned leader amongst the Tengu. Striking an equal mixture of loyalty and fear into those he fights alongside. He is able to change the ebb and flow of a battle by channeling Fujin’s will, opponents rapidly find themselves outmaneuvered on all fronts by his actions. He dominates enemies, his attacks enfeebling their minds whilst he readies to take advantage and mark them for death.
Where the Suzume are the most common, the Kurama are a rarity at the hatching. They are the largest, proudest and strongest warriors amongst the Tengu. Hokibo being a prime example of the Tengu warrior caste. There are few who can be called his equal with a blade, but as the Tengu are taught one’s mind must be as keen as the blade they wield. Hokibo’s knowledge of tactics lets him know what the enemy are planning sometimes before they do. His fluid strikes slice steel like rice paper, in combat a single flex of powerful wings can launch him to his feet or force smaller foe away.
Jirobo is a great haiatake warrior, imbued with a natural talent in combat, he is able to judge his opponent’s subtle movements. The weight changed in their stance, the snatched glance that gives away their intent. This brave tengu is then able to adjust, either by counter attacking or building an iron clad defence of steel.
Kanut, the leader of the hilltribes, is the father to all his people, a true hero, patient teacher and a stoic guardian. He is a great warrior, his acts and courage on the bloody field of battle dispelling doubt and instilling a fever in his warriors. Kanut is a resolute and effective, if direct, fighter. Skilled with the great axe delivering brutal blows to his enemies, those that run receive the sharp and stinging bite of one of his throwing axes, their edges as keen as any samurai sword. A veteran of many battles, wounded many times but seeming unwilling to die at the hands of his enemies.
The Haiatake are the third of the warrior caste of the Tengu. Strong, loyal and fearsome fighters, dedicated to the pursuit of mastery of martial disciplines. Their traditional weapon the oversized Katana which they wield either single or double handed with equal skill.
Like all of the warriors of the tribes, Maniitok is brave and honest. A keen farmer, pious and simple. The people of the hills are a simple uncompromising breed, as hard as the mountain and unyielding in the defence of their kin. A life in the hills is hard though and daily struggle against the land has carved Maniitok into the warrior that protects his people so fiercely, strong as a mountain ox, cutting down his enemies with wide arcing swings of his axe.