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Last updated at 8:56, 12 Jan 2014 Uploaded at 2:40, 28 Sep 2012
Videos from Version 1.0
- corrected missing texture for akaviri steel arrow when in the quiver
- corrected issue where tachi swords were unable to be tempered
- rename bo staff to bo (staff)
- straw hat now wearable by Khajit and Argonian characters
- fixed hair not appearing under straw hat
- added Akaviri artisan weapon book to the Sleeping Giant Inn at Riverwood
- corrected bow crafting category from Draugr to Steel
- changed bow crafting recipe to require firewood, steel ingots, and leather strips
- increased the number of leather strips to temper bows
- monk robes now craftable the same way as clothes kimonos
- removed enchantment for kimonos
- improved the normal map for kimonos so that shadows are properly displayed on the pleats
- 3 monk robes
- Kenshin kimono
- straw hat
- added both robe and light armour versions of kimonos (both can be crafted independantly)
- placed all items in Sky Haven Temple
- new helmets added for each armour colour
- katanas and wakizashi's with black, red, and blue colours
- daisho (katana and wakizashi together) with black, red, and blue colours
- tachi with black, red, and blue colours (recoloured Blades sword)
- monk's bo staff
- reorganized items in crafting menu
- added 2 daikyu bows
- new quiver usable with each arrow type, also in red, blue, and black variants
- akaviri arrows are crafable from regular arrows, e.g. akaviri elven arrow from elven arrow
- weapons are all craftable with required book in inventory
- light armour kimonos can be tempered
- fixed improper sleaves in some female first person view
- fixed wrong inventory models and textures used for female characters
- attempted to correct issue where books could not be found in Riverwood hideout (not confirmed)
- various other small bug fixes
- 7 new kimonos
- 20 new helmets
- 3 new Blades shields
- sandals with no tabi
- two books to enable/disable armour and kimono crafting
- armour textures brightened slightly
- renamed O-yoroi armour to Yoroi
- several bug fixes
- Corrected issue where some armour boots were not upgradable at the armour table
- Add instructions to replace original Blades armour with one of the new textures
- Original version
This mod adds a variety of samurai-themed armours, kimonos, and now weapons for all genders and races. As it is gear intended for the Blades it aims to be as lore friendly as possible, but it should be useful by any melee focused character. All items are craftable (armours and weapons at the forge and kimonos at the tanning rack), and the armours and swords may be tempered for increasing quality.
All items are non-replacers and does not alter any blades gear. The ratings for the armours are identical to the default Blades Armour. The kimonos have an armour ratings of about 25. Info is provided below for players who wish to change certain details.
In order to be able to have a single quiver for all arrow types, "Akaviri arrows" can be crafted at the forge from regular arrows in bunches of 10, e.g. 10 Elven Arrows to 10 Akaviri Elven Arrows. These arrows have the same damage and stats as the defaults. The colour of the quiver is chosen when the arrow is crafted. Regular arrows with their respective quivers still function normally, so there is no requirement to craft them into Akaviri arrows.
Armour and weapons are in seperate .esp's, so either or both can be used.
Armour has the normal set for each: boots, cuirass, gauntlets, and default helmet. Each set also has additional helmets. There are three shields that should match all of the armour sets.
Blades Yoroi Armour - black with gold lacing
Blades Nuinobe Armour - black with red lacing
Blades Hotoke Armour - black with blue lacing
Blades Do-maru Armour - red with black lacing
Blades Haramaki Armour - blue with black lacing
Blades Yoroi Eboshi Helmet - black and gold samurai helmet and mask
Blades Hotoke Eboshi Helmet - black and blue samurai helmet and mask
Blades Nuinobe Eboshi Helmet - black and red samurai helmet and mask
Blades Haramaki Eboshi Helmet - blue samurai helmet and mask
Blades Do-maru Eboshi Helmet - red samurai helmet and mask
Blades Yoroi Zunari Helmet - black and gold samurai helmet
Blades Hotoke Zunari Helmet - black and blue samurai helmet
Blades Nuinobe Zunari Helmet - black and red samurai helmet
Blades Haramaki Zunari Helmet - blue samurai helmet
Blades Do-maru Zunari Helmet - red samurai helmet
Blades Yoroi Haribachi Helmet - black and gold helmet with raised wings
Blades Hotoke Haribachi Helmet - black and blue helmet with raised wings
Blades Nuinobe Haribachi Helmet - black and red helmet with raised wings
Blades Haramaki Haribachi Helmet - blue helmet with raised wings
Blades Do-maru Haribachi Helmet - red helmet with raised wings
Blades Yoroi Kawari Helmet - black and gold helmet with large horns
Blades Hotoke Kawari Helmet - black and blue helmet with large horns
Blades Nuinobe Kawari Helmet - black and red helmet with large horns
Blades Haramaki Kawari Helmet - blue helmet with large horns
Blades Do-maru Kawari Helmet - red helmet with large horns
Blades Yoroi Genji Helmet - black and gold helmet with large horns
Blades Hotoke Genji Helmet - black and blue helmet with large horns
Blades Nuinobe Genji Helmet - black and red helmet with large horns
Blades Haramaki Genji Helmet - blue helmet with large horns
Blades Do-maru Genji Helmet - red helmet with large horns
Blades Ao Shield - blue and black
Blades Kiniro Shield - gold and black
Blades Aka Shield - red and black
Blades Hatamoto Kimono - traditional black and grey
Blades Koshogumi Kimono - black and white
Blades Kensai Kimono - black and blue
Blades Dragon Kimono - black and red with dragon theme
Blades Dragonborn Kimono - black with gold dragon theme
Blades Daimyo Kimono - red and blue with flower scheme
Blades Ronin Kimono - Samurai Jack theme
Blades Shihanke Kimono - Jin theme from Samurai Champloo
Blades Nyokan Kimono - pink and flowers for females
Blades Kengo Kimono - Ukyo theme from Samurai Shodown series
Blades Meijin Kimono - blue version of Hatamoto Kimono
Blades Doshin Kimono - Jubei theme from Samurai Shodown series
Blades No-Kami Kimono - green and blue with flower scheme
Blades Daikan Kimono - white with flower scheme
Blades Tandai Kimono - black and green
Blades Septim Kimono - black and red with Imperial mon
Blades Daijin Kimono - black, red, and white with Minamoto mon
Blades Kenshin Kimono - purple and white based on Rurouni Kenshin series
Blades Zen Monk Robes - black and white Buddhist monk robes with black belt
Blades Nichiren Monk Robes - black and white Buddhist monk robes with white belt
Blades Tendai Monk Robes - yellow Buddhist monk robes
Tabi and Sandles - black
Tabi and Sandles - white
Blades Kensei Gauntlets - extra armor for use with kimonos
Bo Staff - monk's quarterstaff
Blades Daikyu Yumi - regular wood and red wood
Blades Daisho - black, red, and blue versions
Blades Katana - black, red, and blue versions
Blades Tachi - black, red, and blue versions
Blades Wakizashi - black, red, and blue versions
Akaviri Ancient Nord Arrow - black, blue, and red quivers
Akaviri Daedric Arrow - black, blue, and red quivers
Akaviri Dwarven Arrow - black, blue, and red quivers
Akaviri Ebony Arrow - black, blue, and red quivers
Akaviri Elven Arrow - black, blue, and red quivers
Akaviri Falmer Arrow - black, blue, and red quivers
Akaviri Forsworn Arrow - black, blue, and red quivers
Akaviri Glass Arrow - black, blue, and red quivers
Akaviri Iron Arrow - black, blue, and red quivers
Akaviri Nord Hero Arrow - black, blue, and red quivers
Akaviri Orcish Arrow - black, blue, and red quivers
Akaviri Steel Arrow - black, blue, and red quivers
All items can be obtained in the Sky Haven Temple in various containers.
Samurai armour and light armour kimonos are craftable at the forge under the steel and misc categories. Clothing kimonos and sandals are craftable at the tanning rack, also under the misc category. Weapons are also craftable. Armours and weapons can be tempered as well. Akaviri Arrows can be crafted from regular arrows, 10 at a time.
In order for the items to appear at the appropriate crafting station your character will need the Steel Smithing perk (for armour only) and the appropriate lore book in their inventory. The Lore books are:
Armour Lore of the Akaviri Artisans
Kimono Lore of the Akaviri Artisans
Weaponry Lore of the Akaviri Artisans
All books can be found in the secret room of the Sleeping Giant Inn. They are also the Sky Haven Temple.
These books both contain real world descriptions (slightly modified to make them more Skyrim lore friendly) of the components and construction methods of Samurai armour, kimonos, and weapons.
Extract the archive into the main directory of you Skyrim installation, e.g.
If you have a previous version of the mod installed, simply overwrite files while extracting.
When starting the game select Data Files from the menu, then CHECK the checkbox for SamuraiBlades.esp and/or SamuraiBladesWeapons.esp.
Or you can use the Nexus Mod Manager to install.
To replace regular Blades armour textures, create the following directory in your main Skyrim directory:
In there place a copy of the files for the set of armour you want to use to replace the default one and rename the textures to the following:
e.g. rename texture samuraiarmor_black.dds to bladesarmour.dds, etc.
Remove the following directories and included files:
When starting the game select Data Files from the menu, then UNCHECK the checkboxes for SamuraiBlades.esp and SamuraiBladesWeapons.esp and delete them.
All added entries in the Creation Kit have "Blades" in the name, so you can find all the new entries by entering "Blades" in the filter and selecting *All in the object window.
Players should be able to find any item and alter either the name or stats to their liking.
- The Gengi helmet models appear in incorrect postions in the inventory menu.
- Some players have reported not finding the books at the Sleeping Giant Inn. I have attempted to correct this but I didn't have the original problem so I can't be sure upon release of version 3.0.
This mod could not have been completed without the assistance and generosity of other modders of the Skyrim community. The following people contributed to this mod and all parts included from other mods are used with permission.
Samurai Helmet: hothtrooper44 and CD Projekt - Akaviri Samurai Armor
zyuu - Samurai Blades Helmet
Sandles: Higeyosi - Ronin outfit
Straw Hat: Arcane51388 - Samurai Clan Pack
Genji Helmet: TheKrusty and Arcane51388 Genji Armor, Oblivion model by Nitiren - Samurai Genji Armour
cageu - Breton Longbow
Katanas and Wakizashis: 747823 - Weapons of the Third Era (used under general permission guidelines)
JZBai - Quarterstaff (used under general permission guidelines)
ironmonkbr - suggestion to use book as "on/off" for having armour and kimonos in the crafting menus to avoid clutter
metalhead808 - suggestion for the Blades Daijin Kimono
DasRoteBaron - suggestion for the Blades Imperial Kimono (Skyrim Imperial logo taken from www.dragoart.com)
Modders that wish to use all or part of this mod in future works please ask by message first. I do believe in the collaborative part of modding so in most cases I'm glad to contribute! I just want to have some control over my efforts. Also, if you wish to use the parts of the mod there were contributed by others as listed above, please get their permissions as well.
HS-Hair for Skyrim ver0.2 by HISSSSA (you'll have to google it) - samurai hair