The short version: I'm making a samurai/han chinese Orc and Goblin army for use in WHFB.
The slightly longer version:
My inspiration for this largely came from owning models from the defunct Rackham Studios, Confrontation range. Specifically the Goblins of No-Dan-Kar? Anyway, the goblin clan that's got some serious Nipponese influence.
When you look at the sculpts and then the artwork that it's based off... you seriously cannot help but marvel at how close it is.
This is one of the sketches for the Samurats.
The relevant model is on the right here.
Seriously cool models. However, Confrontation was never really much of a game and it was never really designed for fielding huge amounts of figures. It was, however, a work of art in every figure.
Knowing this, and knowing that getting my hands on enough figures to make an army would bankrupt me almost turned me off this idea, but for a lucky happenstance.
Ludik Bazaar, (http://www.ludikbazar.com/), happened to acquire a whole stack of metal Rackham figures. I managed to pick up Samurat blisters for about 2 Euro.
I should have cleaned out their stocks but I hadn't fully committed myself to the idea yet.
What turned me was playing a greenskin army at a local tournament, Warhammer World Series. Playing the actual army, I found I had lots of fun.
I guess that was the turning point.
As a bit of background, I've been playing Skaven at the local tournaments since 8th Edition came out. Don't get me wrong, Skaven are a lot of fun. They're devious, dirty and real bastards. But I'm getting bored. Also, all my previous armies (I had Lizardmen before Skaven, still do) were rush jobs. I always felt like I hadn't put in 100% into my armies. Sure, they were playable and got the majority of paint scores, but I know that I could have done better. So the goal with the Samurai Redskins is to put in the time that I feel they truly deserve, from conception through to completion.
For those who are wondering about the second half of the army name, I'm calling them redskins because I plan to paint them differently. I plan on making them ochre through to red skinned. The inspiration again is derived from another source, this time Heroes of Might and Magic 6.