One thing Mike mentioned was the gnome-like look of a number of Essex Miniatures fantasy line.
Above is a comparison of the Essex Samurai with the Brigade Games Japanese and a Dark Sword Miniatures Guinea Pig Samurai. Not much discrepancy between all of the them. They also stock Japanese spearmen and archers, to flesh out those Japanese armies.
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I'm certainly not telling anyone to not use Brigade Games, or to pay for oversees shipping for a special figure or two, but it is worth checking them out for a little variety. Be forewarned, the skeletons may look right, but in reality they're somewhere between the Brigade skeleton pirates and the skeletons with Super Dungeon Exlpore.