Building First 50 Rice List

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Building First 50 Rice List

I'm determined on taking the Bushido plunge and have decided Ryu's look, theme and playstyle fits the best for me. I'm planning on getting the starter set but also want to work on having enough models for a 50 rice list. Since there will be a long turnaround time for my lcg to bring in Bushido products I want to make sure the model choices are right and would appreciate your input. Here's what I'm planning for my initial order:

Starter set, Daisuke, Fujitaka, Junichi and Matsu.

Even though I'm hearing/reading a lot about the Ashigaru synergy I'm really hooked on Matsu for contrast and her 'magic-using' feel.

 

 

 

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You are on the right track. That strategy is quite common. An Ashigaru Strategy doesn´t necessitate them only. Especially when considering such a great tactical tool that Matsu is. When you are on that track: don´t miss the special cards because "the speech" for extra Ki from a leader like Hiro fits the strategy well. It´s powerful to send 3 Ashigarus up to the center line with spare actions turn 1! Amongst other things.

It´s not always written right out, but Ruys mutability in the action flow is very powerful once you learn it, yet it is not immediately obvious. Command/Order/Dominate/Move It/Military Training. All these are really the same thing: the ability to break the U Go-I Go spending of actions and see when and how to shift gears. Ruy may look the most vanilla faction, but in truth I consider it the greatest in complexity.

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Hmm i guess you should look at Isamu too as he is pretty great with all kinds of ashigaru. Fujitaka and Junichi are good but I just don't like their sculpts.

I would also recommends Hagane as she is a great swap out option for Hiro (though you only save 1 rice). Also you should always consider Bikou because she is just that great cheeky.

If you are after a more magic user oriented things you should look at Ryoko-sha (though he is pretty heavy in Rice cost) and he is one of the most tricky things in Bushido. Other then him the Grey Pilgrim can be considered as a magic user. She is also on the heavier side of the rice costs but the Souless trait on her is great against Disguised models and she has a few tricks.

The only model that I would advise not to get while you are still new is Mizuchi. Many Ryu players get him for his looks and try to use him as battering ram while he is mutch more intricate in how he runs around, makes mondels prone, makes them take their activations last and generally slamming things around.

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Thanks for the response guys. Ruro: you made mention of 3 of the 4 characters that really caught my eye other than the ones I listed. Hagane looks really cool and Ryoko seems a totally different type of play-style. Bikou and Tenchi are also on the want list. Would love to get all those models but it seems Bushido in my area is non-existent so I might have to settle for the Ryu starter and one other faction starter to demo and try to build a player base.

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Starters are a really really good way to start the game and the Ryu starter has a lots of things that you will use even after you have a bunch of other models for your lists. Minuro and Hanso will see a lot of play and the general Yariman are a great core type unit for any list.  And just by getting 2 more models for around 15 Rice you can have your first 50 rice list.

Have fun and feel free to ask the forum on anything that comes up (rule clarifications, lists etc). smiley

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