Baba Nobuharu (1514-1575)

Baba Nobuharu
Baba Nobuharu

History

Baba Nobuharu uma jirushi (personal banner) Uma jirushi

Baba Nobuharu was extremely competent in battle, loyal and known as a good administrator. Immediately after its capture in 1550, Baba was assigned the region around Fukashi in central Shinano, a region he would administer until 1562.

In autumn of 1551, his troops captured Kariyahara Castle in Chikuma. It was held for the Ogasawara by the ‘ta clan. This completed the wrapping up of the capture of Chikuma. He went directly on to support Hara Toratane and Obu troops capturing Hirase Castle.

The vital operation for Katsurayama Castle in 1557 was commanded by Baba. Katsurayama was main base of the energetic Shinano warlord Murakami Yoshikiyo, it controlled the large ZenkŰji plain - and it also controlled one of the main routes into Echigo, Uesugi's territory. The castle was defended by the Ochiai family. Converting two of the family members to the Takeda cause, cutting the castle's water supply and thereafter setting fire to it ensured that a violent assault made short work of the defenders. It seems that the speed and determination of the operation caught Uesugu Kenshin unawares, and he was unable to reinforce the castle until it was too late.

Baba Nobuharu fought in several battles, famously remaining unwounded until his last battle, Nagashino in 1575. He led the vanguard of the right wing of Katsuyori's army and fell while covering the retreat of the Takeda army after its defeat.

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Heraldry

Baba Nobuharu uma jirushi (personal banner) Baba Nobuharu's uma jirushi (personal banner) depicted a mountain path he once used to outflank and surprise his enemy. The design is known in several versions; I have gone for different versions for use on his his uma jirushi and nobori, without particular proof either way as to which was used where.

Baba Nobuharu nobori (unit standard) For my nobori unit standards I have chosen a different version of Nobuharu's heraldry. It is meant to depict the same story as his uma jirushi.

Baba Nobuharu follower sashimono The sashimono (back banner) used by Baba Nobuharu's followers would have followed one of the versions of his heraldry. I went for the same overall angular design I chose for his unit standards.

Pictures

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