N00b who just bought the cool models

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N00b who just bought the cool models

list of what I've got:

akari

Kuma

Kyuubi

water kami 

air kami

Im planning to get all cards and dice

what models do I need to round out the crew?  Im not a fan of the Ro Kan starter box but some of the monks are cool.  Id love to do a full animal list but I dont know if thats a reasonable way to play. 

I was thinking about picking up a second crew so I could demo the game.  Is there a natural foil or enemy for Ro Kan?   I was considering pirates or Ito or possibly even Kage.  Thanks for your time!

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Some cheap scoring models (cheapish monks or peasants ) will be a good idea to round out the temple.
Don't go kage if you want to do demo games. I think ito are great for demo'showing they have some fun tricks but are also reasonable though and good fighters. It will give you 2 reasonablyfast factions but with different focus. This might be both a boon and a curse.
I don't know much about the pirates but I think they are also a good option.

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Thanks meaver!  I like the fisherman model a lot.  Which monks or other peasants would you say qualify?

 

I didn't realize both ito and temple were considered fast factions.. maybe I'll stick with pirates to illustrat a different style of play.

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Both have quite a few people who ignore terrain and a lot who can boost their move or have move 5 already.

I really like Aiko (cheap easy to use and great support ) and kira (slightly more expensive but fights and has 0 dice pushes which really help keep you alive when outnumbered)

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I would highly recommend buying the temple starter box. Rice farmers are a staple of many temple lists. They are great support models who can help your monks pull off some incredible shenanigans. They are also great for boosting your numbers, scoring objectives and preventing you from being out numbered. Besides this you will get Kenko and Yumi who are both great monks. Kenko in Particular is great if you use his Kenko the North tree profile found in the card packs. Master Ekusa is ok but really shines if your opponent likes to take big beatstick models. I have found that atsuko is Really only useful in a peasant themed list. Under normal circumstances I prefer to use Akio as a 4 point support model. You can Just use Atsuko as another peasant.

A full animal list is viable but will be short on activations as they are all on the expensive side perhaps consider padding out your list with some kami or cheap peasants.

If you like the fisher girl model and want to use her in games consider getting the Ashinaga Tenaga. He is a solid fighter in his own right and can buff nearby peasants. This will increase the amount of shooting your fisher girl can put out. In the cards you will find the fishermen of the shirimizu they are superior to the fishermen of the ro kan.

I hope you have a good time learning to use your Temple. They are a great faction with a lot of options and cool synergies. Like any game system bushido is a steep learning curve and the temple require a little finesse to use well but once you get the hang of them they are a very competitive faction.