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Warlords of Erehwon: Female Samurai, the Onna-bugeisha

These warrior women are trained in martial arts and stand alongside their male counterparts to protect all they hold dear!

Warlords of Erehwon: Female Samurai, the Onna-bugeisha

The Onna-bugeisha are female fighters of the Samurai caste, the daughters of proud warrior families, and the equal of any man in combat. These women have the responsibility of defending the family lands and castle in times of war.

From the earliest days of Japanese rule, women were trained in the art of battle, becoming proficient with knives and pole weapons. When communities were short of male fighters, the women would step up to bolster the ranks, using their naginata and tanto to great effect!

Some Onna-bugeisha became legendary figures during the various wars that punctuate Japan’s storied history. One, the Empress Jingu, allegedly conquered the whole of the Korean peninsula without spilling a single drop of blood. Another, Onamihime, became the de facto head of the Nikaido clan and led their armies into battle during the Sengoku period.

Onna-bugeisha with Longbows

Female Samurai are adept with all kinds of weapons and their favourite armament is the heavy-bladed naginata, but they are also accomplished archers and it is in this guise that they are presented here. Our Onna-bugeisha carry sturdy longbows capable of shooting a heavy arrow with great accuracy and deadly effect.

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Armoured Onna-bugeisha with Naginata

The favoured weapon of the Onna-bugeisha is the heavy-bladed naginata Clad in protective yet flexible armour these Onna-bugeisha wield their iconic naginata with deadly skill and grace – woe betide those foolish enough to cross their path…

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Onna-Bugeisha on the Battlefield


Warrior Unit 
Points Value: 62

Unit: Onna-Bugeisha Ag Acc Str Res Init Co Special
1x Onna Bugeisha leader with naginata 5 5 5 5 7 8 Tough
4 x Onna Bugeisha with naginata 5 5 5 5 7 7


  • Give unit swords @ free per model
  • Give unit spears @ free per model
  • Give unit longbows @4pts per model
  • Give unit light armour @2pts per model increasing Res to 5(6)
  • Give unit medium armour @4pts per model increasing Res to 5(7)
  • Add up to 5 Onna Bugeisha @10pts per model

The Onna-Bugeisha are a solid second-line unit, with a decent variety of equipment, allowing them to be tailored to many different battlefield roles. Armed with bows, they are an excellent way to support your samurai as they lead the charge, or bolster a firing line of handgun armed Ashigaru.

Land of the Rising Sun!

The Samurai list for Warlords of Erehwon (available as a free download here) allows players the freedom to field a Samurai force that best reflects their sensibilities; whilst the environment of Erehwon is indeed a realm of fantasy, this list allows players the opportunity to construct a list based more in history if they so wish, or indulge in the most fantastical elements to create and wield a unique, satisfying and truly resplendent army on the tabletop.

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Tom Mecredy
Tom spends most of his time buying books and painting miniatures. He enjoys putting animals on the bases of his miniatures and half-finishing side projects. Some say that he lives in a tower on top of some windswept northern hill with his wife and cow-patterned cat, Spaghetti. 

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