I tried both of them out in a quick game against Martin's Savage Wave (just one more game this coming week against Martin and then I have a wider range of opponents booked in for rotation) and found Kaihime isn't amazing, though she's nowhere near bad and I think she may really shine in lists with plenty of Blood of Orochi to go around as it's pretty easy to get damage through with ranged attacks and her ranged brackets are quite big - with 4 Blood on her, she should quite easily kill a 6 health model through the poison damage on the following turn. Takeji just chops things, and he's good at it thanks to Cleave. Combined with Satoshi, Takeji and the other bushi become very dangerous, especially if they're in close proximity. Unfortunately the game was a match where I rolled phenomenal dice and Martin rolled abysmally - though I do feel that I engineer situations that highlight this sort of thing - so I didn't get to see the two of them at their finest as the game was over pretty quickly.
On the painting front I'm finding that the Dark Flesh from Vallejo behaves very strangely when I try to mix it with a highlight colour, leaving my model's skin looking like they're suffering gangrene. I think I've solved it by mixing a tiny amount of red in, and it's certainly worked for Sakura anyway. She's now finished, so I'm at 8 out of 12 models painted for the Ito Clan. The remaining 4 are: Satoshi, Takeji, Ayako, and Kaihime. Right now Satoshi is on the painting table and then Ayako will be next. I'm just happy to have both starter box options painted now.
Jim is also picking up Bushido, and I've ordered him a good deal of Cult of Yurei models. I think he's only really missing extra kairai and Mo Ises once his order arrives. I was hoping the order would have arrived on Friday or Saturday but no news so far. The models I ordered should provide Jim with a number of different playstyles, from fast and fragile to slow and never, ever dying. Of course, he can mix and match as he chooses once he's played the game a bit and knows what he's after. Now I just need to influence a few more of the old Warmachine players into picking up a