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Gamerprinter
02-04-2011, 02:58 AM
So I've been working on a Yojimbo (alternate ranger samurai) for my Kaidan setting, and I decided I needed an illustration to finish the design. I didn't want the typical samurai in haramaki-do armor, so I created me an unarmored yojimbo practicing yabusame archery.

Enjoy!

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Ghostman
02-04-2011, 07:49 AM
Good job with the horse! It's very lifelike. However, I'm puzzled by the reins, as there appears to be neither a bit nor a noseband present for them to be attached to.

The man's face looks pretty odd. Are the dark patches supposed to be shading? Can't discern much detail at this resolution.

Gamerprinter
02-04-2011, 08:15 PM
Good job with the horse! It's very lifelike. However, I'm puzzled by the reins, as there appears to be neither a bit nor a noseband present for them to be attached to.

The man's face looks pretty odd. Are the dark patches supposed to be shading? Can't discern much detail at this resolution.

Ah, I get what you're thinking. No, those aren't shadows. I used a photo to reference in drawing this. The black things on his face are the end straps to the harness holding his hat to his head. Since the horse is in the apex of its gallop, the end straps are thrown upwards instead of dangling off his chin. Those are the black things you see.

I was wondering what you meant by shadowing on his face. No problem.

And the issue with the reins, this isn't the tack of a western rider, the reins on a horse are different and there is no 'bit' used in Japanese horse tack. You're comparing apples with oranges - different equipment for a different culture.

GP

Ghostman
02-05-2011, 07:02 AM
Now, that makes sense with the straps. Though I'd imagine that I'm not alone in wondering what they were, upon seeing the picture for the first time.

As for the horse, if you're going to make that argument then the comparison should be termed continental and not 'western', as one can see in (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Departure_Herald-Ming_Dynasty.jpg) these (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Riders_on_Horseback,_Northern_Qi_Dynasty.jpg) paintings (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Goguryeo_tomb_mural.jpg) the use of such horse gear by Chinese and Korean riders. If the Japanese made use of neither bit nor noseband, then how did they manage to attach the reins to the tack? Of what what aid would reins be for the rider if left unattached?

EDIT: I just dug up my copy of the Warriors of Medieval Japan (http://www.amazon.com/Warriors-Medieval-Japan-General-Military/dp/1846032202) book. Skimming through it, I see many historic Japanese pictures (mind you that that may be from late periods!) showing horses with the reins attached in very similar manner to the Chinese & Korean examples. In case you're interested, I could take some scans and PM them to you.

Gamerprinter
02-05-2011, 05:35 PM
Please do, I can always use more reference material. Again the tack shown was how a photo showing a yabusame festival with a rider and bow in use, so I added nothing, nor removed anything from the reference photo. No bit appeared in the photo so I added none.