Takeda Nobushige (1525-1561)

Takeda Nobushige
Takeda Nobushige leading a river crossing

History

Takeda Nobushige uma jirushi (personal banner) Uma jirushi

Takeda 'Tenkyu' Nobushige was Shingen's younger brother. Following the "bloodless coup", in which Shingen derailed their father's plans to make Nobushige clan head instead of Shingen, he served his illustrious brother very well indeed. He is famous not only for his strategic insight but also his wisdom; he wrote among other things Kyûjukyu Kakun, a set of 99 short rules for Takeda house members.

Nobushige became an important Takeda general and led large forces on several occasions. In 1544 Shingen had a rebellion on his hands. As part of his punitive effort he sent Nobushige to capture Fujisawa Yorichika's Kõjinyama castle. (He probably succeeded, though sources differ). Katsurao castle, main castle of Murakami Yoshikiyo, fell to Nobushige and Takeda Yoshinobu in 1553. It was subsequently taken over by Nobushige and Komai Masatake. This drove Yoshikiyo to Uesugi Kenshin and was really the last significant act before the start of the Kawanakajima campaigns proper.

Nobushige had 200 horsemen and 500 foot troops at the 4th Battle of Kawanakajima (1561). He was stationed in the front centre of Shingen's formation. Uesugi vanguard commander Kakizaki Kageie, with 1500 troops, charged into his troops and he fell in the melee. His head was later recovered; in the words of the Koyo Gunkan: "One of Shingen's warriors, Yamadera by name, regained Tenkyu's head from the man who had taken it and in so doing killed him and brought back that man's head along with Tenkyu's".

Takeda Nobutoyo was Nobushige's second son; he continued using his father's heraldry after the latter's death, and my Nobushige base might well have to do for him, too :)
Nobutoyo held Komoro Castle in Shinano for the Takeda. He was active in the campaigns against the Hojo in 1569 and 1579. He was commander of the Takeda left wing at Nagashino in 1575, and fough against Kiso Yoshimasa in 1582. He committed seppuku after the fall of the Takeda.

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Heraldry

Takeda Nobushige uma jirushi (personal banner) Takeda Nobushige uma jirushi (personal banner). Apparently, this design was kept by his son Takeda Nobutoyo after Nobushige's death at the 4th Battle of Kawanakajima.

Takeda Nobushige follower sashimono The sashimono (back banner) used by Takeda Nobushige's followers followed the rule for Takeda family members; it had a Takeda mon in the same colour scheme as their lord's personal banner. For Nobushige, this meant a white mon on a black field.

Pictures

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Takeda Nobushige leading a river crossing

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Takeda Nobushige, wielding a bow. I have chosen a figure by Irregular Miniatures to represent him; I don't know wether his impressively-crested helmet is accurate.

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Takeda Nobushige storming a river

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Takeda Nobushige's troops emerging from a valley in column

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Takeda Nobushige

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