ive only played a handful of games with JSA. Probably about 10. I typically play NCA, Acon, Steel Phalanx, VIRD, or ISS. JSA plays like hard mode for me. Ninja and Oniwaban are awesome. They are surgical and low armor with one wound, meaning that a bad roll or a misstep can lose 40ish points. Samurai in my experience so far have been underwhelming. BS 12 is the heavy infantry equivalent of BS 10. Keisotsu look great with the new models. The price point is nice. BS 10 is nearly worthless. Even 13 in a full link can be okay with an hmg, but their numbers are almost always lower than an opponent. I like the shikami and dayokai in theory. In practice, they are 50 points that aren’t in TO and often get shut down by better gunfighters at longer range. The ryuken 9, especially the smg minelayer is amazing. A solid gunfighter out to 24 inches thanks to the x visor. Mines are a necessary defensive tool. Kempetei with msv is a lynchpin. One of the few units that can reliably outshoot opponent’s models. I’d rather have an hmg, but you can pull some shenanigans with the -3 range out to 40 inches. Ninjas and oniwaban are all awesome. Expensive because you’re paying for infiltration, TO, high cc value, and martial arts. Fragile, but solid. Yojimbo is necessary. The crazy koalas add a nice bit of area control. His smoke makes the kempetei playable in the link and helps the ryuken 9 advance. If he can survive for a while, he can be a serious murder machine. Or if your opponent turtles. Anyway, I always find that with the points spent on subpar ballistics skill, a lack of cheap warbands, and close combat, I’m fighting an uphill battle. I have found that this army can be locked down by solid msv2+ units more than any other army I’ve played. Especially when they’re linked. The ryuken is a great gunfighter, but the lack of a token state leaves it very vulnerable in the reactive turn. I’ve had a couple of games where the pieces fell in the right place and ninjas rocked and took out tags, murdered link teams in a cloud of smoke and held objectives. When the pieces don’t fall in the right place, I feel like I run out of options very quickly. How do you make JSA work for you? Is my experience unique? Am I missing something?