Eyewitness to is a site that lets students select a period in history and see personal stories of people from the time. A nice combination of a great deal of information and many historical photos and drawings that bring learning to life.
Looked up Samurai soldiers - the costuming looks pretty intricate and intimidating to paint. I could see us making something more like this much easier and cutting out the face. Also, without the info boxes, that will all be on the info poster.
This link is to a site that contains dozens of activities that pursue historical thinking skills. Items such as comparing primary vs. secondary sources and "clues" for credible resources can be found here.