Thanks for replying. I know you for being critical and constructive reviewer, so any response you have to offer is welcome
OK first you have to decide whether you are playing 'Hollywood' history or real history. Also bear in mind that my remarks are off the cuff as I have not researched a Samurai list.
While not averse to drama, I lean toward history. So samurai are supposed to be professional soldiers, but no supermen. Ashigaru are supposed to be the main troop type for the Sengoku period (so cheap) but should be far less common in the Edo period (hence the increased price). Ninja and heroes should leave altogether and warrior priests, well, that´s a bit difficult.
On the generals running away, I think you will find that generals did run away to fight again. So no the immune to Breaks and fleeing troops does not ring true.
On second thought, I´m with you there.
I would keep the Honurable rule from the current list (otherwise makes Samurai too easy to lead).
Again on second thought, the Warband nr 1 rule would be even better for Samurai. who were difficult to control and tended to seek the enemy out even without orders to do so. Also like the mandatory acceptance of a challenge.
Also Samurai characters can not lead units of Ashigaru. Othewise that eliminates one of the real disadvantages of Ashigaru, their low leadership. Would any decent Samurai waste their time leading rabble?
I see what you mean. But ashigaru were regurlarly led by samurai of low status. Their leadership would I think also be that of their regular leader. The Warband nr 2 rule would be suitable for ashigaru. Samurai characters should be allowed to lead ashigaru, I think. Those are expensive enough, after all.
There actually were warrior monks, but they usually fought in armies not unlike the samurai themselves. Perhaps I should create a subclass like the Ikko-Ikki, who were more rank-and-file level warriors than the martial monastery orders. In any case, the role of warrior clerics in a samurai army was never large, but the armies they formed themselves could cause daimyos some serious trouble. Maybe I should save them for another list altogether? It is still fun, and not unhistorical, to field warrior priest allies in a samurai army. But they should in any case be just allies, not profiting from ASB and such. They were also very treacherous, so a "mercenary rule" might be applicable.