Sunday, November 29, 2020

Gurkhas and Sikhs for Burma

 My British 14th Army for Bolt Action continues with some late war Gurkhas and Sikhs.

28mm Gurkhas and Sikhs for Bolt Action British 14th Army

The Gurkhas are from The Assault Group's packs SKU BPC013 and SKU BPC014, along with two NCOs built from converted Warlord plastic kits (British Infantry and Commonwealth Infantry).  While the figures themselves blend in reasonably well after being painted (Warlord's are slightly chunkier and have wider hat brims), the rifles are quite different between the manufactures and I wouldn't mix them. 

28mm TAG and Warlord Gurkhas for Bolt Action British 14th Army

Next up are some Artizan Designs Sikhs (packs SWW140 and SWW142) with some supporting Warlord plastics. The bodies are of similar proportions between the manufactures, but the Warlord figures will look slightly shorter if you don't add a base the same thickness as Artizan's. The guns are similar in style, though the Warlord Sikh heads have bushier beards and flatter turbans than their Artizan counterparts.

28mm Artizan Designs and Warlord Sikhs for Bolt Action British 14th Army

That said, I think they look reasonably well together.

28mm Artizan Designs and Warlord Sikhs for Bolt Action British 14th Army

Lastly, here's a side by side size shot: Warlord plastic with no added base, TAG, Warlord plastic with added base, and Artizan. I think they will all look fine together on the table.

Size Comparison of Warlord, The Assault Group (TAG), and Artizen Designs 28mm WW2 Miniatures for Bolt Action

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.

First up are members of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 1st Battalion, from India. They were sent to Burma in early 1942.  I've added some leaves as camouflage to the helmets using green stuff, and the topees have the regimental red triangle.  The 2nd Battalion fought in Madagascar, and similar appearing troops from South Africa fought in Ethiopia, so this unit will be pressed into other theaters for gaming.

Next up are member of the Royal Norfolk Regiment, 4th Battalion, who defended Singapore in 1942.  They were unfortunately captured by the Japanese and used as slave labor on the Burma Railway. The helmets bear their yellow regimental flash as seen in the Osprey book "The British Army 19-39-45 (3)."  Similar looking troops were seen in Ethiopia, so this unit will also see double service in games. 

The last piece of of kit is Copplstone's Lanchester MkII 6x4 Armoured Car that I purchased years ago for my VBCW project. It's been painted based on the example seen at the Bovington Tank Museum. It was an old design by the time the war broke out, but equipment in Malaysia seems to have been limited at that time.

1/56 28mm Copplstone Lanchester MkII 6x4 Armoured Car for Bolt Action