What are the ashigaru armed only with swords supposed to represent?

Sengoku Jidai: Shadow of the Shogun is a turn-based tactical and strategic game set during this turbulent time; primarily focusing on the Japanese Warring States period and Japanese Invasion of Korea. Other armies from East Asia are also made available to simulate different conflicts across the region.
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What are the ashigaru armed only with swords supposed to represent?

Post by pompeytheflatulent » Mon Feb 08, 2021 3:07 pm

Anyone know what the units of ashigaru with only swordsmen capability are supposed to represent? I refer to them as trashigaru in my head. It's kind of messed up if you think about it. Send someone out onto the battlefield armed only with a sword is kind of like sending a modern soldier out with only a pistol: 'You can have a rifle when you kill an enemy and take it off of his corpse!' Why would anyone actually do that when there's probably half a dozen types of modified farming tools that would serve as better battlefield weapons?

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Re: What are the ashigaru armed only with swords supposed to represent?

Post by SnuggleBunnies » Mon Feb 08, 2021 11:30 pm

Like a lot of armies of the era, Samurai armies had many various attendants, servants, poorly armed followers etc. etc. I think that's what they are. TBH, I think their 33 armor and full Swordsmen capability is rather generous - 16 armor and 50% Swords would more realistic, although maybe making them cheaper would make them better.
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Re: What are the ashigaru armed only with swords supposed to represent?

Post by pompeytheflatulent » Tue Feb 09, 2021 1:04 am

Hmmm... So they are borderline non-combatants? Why is swordsmen capability priced the same as yari or naginata anyway?

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Re: What are the ashigaru armed only with swords supposed to represent?

Post by SnuggleBunnies » Tue Feb 09, 2021 3:00 am

Is it priced the same? I thought it was a little cheaper... Swords aren't Severely Disordered in Forest. But then again neither are HW.
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