My British 14th Army for Bolt Action continues with some late war Gurkhas and Sikhs.
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Gurkhas and Sikhs for Burma
Thursday, November 5, 2020
More WW2 Bolt Action British Troops for CIB
I'm back with some more early war British troops for the China/India/Burma theater. As before, these were built using Warlord's plastic kits for Commonwealth and 8th Army troops.
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
81st (West African) Division for Burma
To provide another opponent for my Japanese army, I've decided to expand into Burma with a British Commonwealth force. While the white Chindit and Gurkha troops get most of the attention, I wanted to feature some of the lesser well known troops that also fought there. To start with, my first units will be from the 81st (West African) Division.
To build my troops, I used the Warlord Games Commonwealth Infantry plastic set, with some bits from the 8th Army and British Infantry plastic sets. For the heads, I primarily used the Australians, as I figured the slouch hats were close enough at this scale. A few heads in helmets were mixed in, along with some bodies in trousers, to add a bit more variety.
The first infantry section I've assembled is meant to represent a newly arrived unit that has not had a chance to be reequipped. From my online research it seems like green helmets were more commonly seen in Asia, but as one of the above photographs shows a trooper (left side) with a light colored helmet under his netting, I felt it was feasible to throw a sand colored one into the mix.
The second section is one that has been in country for a bit, and has either self dyed some of their clothing or been partially reequipped with jungle green gear. I've also mixed the webbing colors, with some soldiers painted using the original Vallejo 884 Stone Grey as a base, and others now having 988 Khaki as a base.
As mentioned before, I mixed in a couple of bodies from the British Infantry plastic set to add a bit more variety. The areas to attach the arms are different between the sets, and while I could get independent Commonwealth arms to look pretty good on the Infantry bodies, the combined arms did not work so well. The long sleeved Infantry arms are also much more slender than their Commonwealth counterparts, so you cannot use them on Commonwealth bodies without it looking odd.
Compared to the Plastic Japanese set Warlord produces, I did not think this kit was as good. The mold lines seemed more pronounced in the Commonwealth (and 8th Army) kit, and I felt that apart from the heads, the Commonwealth kit had less viable options for variety in it (there were a lot of strange arms that weren't so useful). Additionally, not all the arms sat flush on the bodies and some of the webbing limited the positions you could place the arms in. This resulted in me having to do a fair amount of filling and trimming. But that said, I think you can still get a fairly decent force on the cheap by going with the plastic kits over metal.
Sunday, August 30, 2020
Customized Diecast Vehicles for 28mm China Wargaming Part 2
I'm back with some more customized Lledo Days Gone vehicle for 28mm Back of Beyond and WW2 Chinese wargaming. Part 1, which also covers decal creation, can be found here.
Sunday, August 23, 2020
Allied Air Support for China
The Bolt Action rules do not technically allow aircraft to be used by Chinese armies, but since I've expanded into the southern Chinese theater and have American allies working with them, I thought I could make the argument to include some American air support as well. While I would have loved to use a B-25 Mitchell (my great uncle flew them over China), it would be too big for 28mm wargaming. Since they were escorted by P-40s, I thought that would make a suitable alternative.
Overall, I am very happy with the Hasegawa kit and give it a thumbs up. The molding was good, assembly fairly easy, and the price and detailing level work for wargaming.
Sunday, August 9, 2020
Customized Diecast Vehicles for 28mm China Wargaming
I wanted some more scatter terrain for my Back of Beyond and WW2 Chinese wargaming, so I though some appropriate 1920's and 1930's vehicle would fit the bill nicely. 1/56 civilian vehicles designed for 28mm wargaming are hard to come by, so your best bet is to look for diecast cars and trucks that are relatively close in scale (as I did for VBCW). As I only knew of one truck specifically intended to represent a vehicle of that era in China, so conversions of American and British branded vehicles were called for.
First up was the aforementioned ready to use truck, a Matchbox Yesteryear Tsingtao Great Beers of The World 1920 AC Mack (YGB23).For modifications, I only weathered it and added some clear plastic for a windshield. It was nicely detailed for a toy truck and cost me around $15 US with shipping. No scale was listed on the box, but collector sites have given it a nominal scale 1/60, so fairly close to target. When compared to a Warlord Games' 1/56 Type 97 Isuzu truck, they looked reasonable together.Next up were some Lledo Days Gone vehicles that seemed suitable for conversion. The Lledo cars were not as detailed as their Matchbox rival, but at $7-10 US with shipping, they were a good deal (with lots of color variants to choose from).
I have not be able to find a scale guide for the various Lledo vehicles, But I think these models looked reasonable with a Copplestone Chinese figure and against a Warlord Games 1/56 Morris 15cwt Truck.
One additional Lledo vehicle I purchased that did not look good for 28mm wargaming was the DG42 1934 Mack Tank Truck. It should have been similar in size to my Matchbox Mack, but was woefully undersized.
As I think the 1934 Mack variants share parts, I would avoid all of these.
Overall, these came out much better than I thought they would. I've placed some eBay orders for additional Lledo vehicles, so fingers crossed they will look good as well. If you would like to do any conversions yourself, here's the decal designs I made. They are free for personal use, but I don not give permission for them to be sold.
Added 30Aug20: Part 2 of my conversions can be found here.