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Offline AKULA

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AKULAís Malayan Emergency Project
« on: July 20, 2019, 11:32:04 AM »
After a brief period of focus upon a single project I seem to be branching out into a couple of extra items on my wargaming to-do list.

Iíve been toying with gaming the Malayan Emergency since the Britannia Inkerman range came out...I actually bought everything on pretty much day one, and then the figures disappeared in a house move.

Ironically the recent wave of interest in Vietnam has reignited my enthusiasm for a SE Asian game with more of a British feel to it.





On the plus side I can utilise my existing Apocalypse Isle terrain (and hopefully expand upon it) and some of the figures/vehicles I produced will even have their uses in this new project.

Figures



The Eureka Aden Emergency miniatures are lovely figures, crisply cast, but a smidge small compared to other potential candidates. Iím torn on them...I could build the bases up, but for now, only the odd one or two will make an appearance probably as Malay scouts.

I had high hopes for the Commando Miniatures range, but unfortunately they disappointed, but for very different reasons from the Eureka minis. The sculpting of the Commando minis is very hit and miss...some like the one in this photo are oddly proportioned, with huge heads. I did toy with a headswop, but the casting of many of the figures I received is pretty poor...not just flash, but in many cases it looks the mould was poorly clamped as the figure looks misaligned. As I donít fancy having to effectively result the figures the majority of these will be dumped - I can save one or two, and in some cases I will swop out the SLR with one of my own, as Iím not a massive fan of the weaponry either.

Pleasingly the Britannia Inkerman Miniatures (now available from Andy at Grubby Tanks) were as I remembered, and the quality of the castings I received this week was excellent, with little or no flash. A bonus is that they also look pretty compatible with the ďGovernor-Generalís ArmyĒ figures I had sculpted for my Apocalypse Isle project - which are now available from Crooked Dice. The Britannia figures are representative of the bulk of the conflict, with a focus upon carbines, SMGs and Enfields, but Iíll sprinkle in a few SLRs for later gaming on the basis that point men will invariably choose whatever weapons they feel suit them best in the field.

In terms of the MRLA, Iíve got the Britannia figures, and await with interest the new Bolt Action Koreans. Iíve also got some TAG Australians and a few VC on order, which should fit in pretty well.


Rules
Iím going to write some fast play as usual, which will allow for solo gaming, or give room for an umpire to add a bit of role playing for squad games, but that can also handle a company-sized battle complete with artillery & air support.

Campaign

An element of the game will be running it as a campaign - probably based upon a company-sized unit with support, conducting operations in a fixed area. To facilitate this, Iíve got hold of some US War Department maps of Malaya and will mark them up for my own purposes, highlighting potential Landing zones, Police Stations etc...and then give the MRLA player another map with targets, and possible extra trails etc. Itís detailed enough that players can call in six digit grid references for artillery as well.

The following is just a quick example of what I have in mind....



You probably canít make it out on this photo, but the high-res copy Iíve got not only shows the rubber plantations which were targeted by the MRLA, but also roads/trails and also villages and even individual temples. The squares are a half mile each, so will give you an idea of what you could feature on an average sized table.
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Online Ewan

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Re: AKULAís Malayan Emergency Project
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2019, 12:12:50 PM »
I believed that Studio Miniatures will be releasing later this year a range of figures entitled End of Empire that will cover the British Army in the 50s and 60s.

Offline AKULA

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Re: AKULAís Malayan Emergency Project
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2019, 05:02:48 PM »
I believed that Studio Miniatures will be releasing later this year a range of figures entitled End of Empire that will cover the British Army in the 50s and 60s.

Excellent news, I look forward to seeing what they come up with

 :)

Offline traveller

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Re: AKULAís Malayan Emergency Project
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2019, 06:31:26 PM »
Great info! thanks for posting!

I was surprised to see the size of the Britannia miniatures. Are they made by another designer than the Congo range?

Offline Captain Blood

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Re: AKULAís Malayan Emergency Project
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2019, 06:34:34 PM »
As soon as I saw that thread title from you, I thought ĎAha - another use for Mattís excellent Apocalypse Isle terrainí  lol

Offline Terryb

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Re: AKULAís Malayan Emergency Project
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2019, 06:51:54 PM »
Thanks for the post. Good to see how the ranges compare. I have a lot of the Britannia African figures which I really like, and you have convinced me to do this campaign with their figures. Really looking forward to seeing more of your project

Offline FreakyFenton

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Re: AKULAís Malayan Emergency Project
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2019, 01:31:27 AM »
Following with interest!  :o

Offline AKULA

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Re: AKULAís Malayan Emergency Project
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2019, 09:22:33 PM »
I was surprised to see the size of the Britannia miniatures. Are they made by another designer than the Congo range?

I believe so, although I couldnít tell you who sculpted which range, but the style is v.different.

Offline traveller

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Re: AKULAís Malayan Emergency Project
« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2019, 09:51:05 PM »
I believe so, although I couldnít tell you who sculpted which range, but the style is v.different.

Thanks for that, I think I have to take a closer look at these. Would you say that the sculpting quality is at an average good level or do the quality vary between the packs available?

Offline AKULA

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Re: AKULAís Malayan Emergency Project
« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2019, 11:28:30 AM »
Thanks for that, I think I have to take a closer look at these. Would you say that the sculpting quality is at an average good level or do the quality vary between the packs available?

The Brits, Gurkhas and Malay Guerillas are all v.consistent - very happy with them.

 :)

Iím less sure about the civvie pack and the armed female pack as I donít have either, but they look less crisp than the rest.

Offline traveller

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Re: AKULAís Malayan Emergency Project
« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2019, 12:09:11 PM »
The Brits, Gurkhas and Malay Guerillas are all v.consistent - very happy with them.

 :)

Iím less sure about the civvie pack and the armed female pack as I donít have either, but they look less crisp than the rest.

Perfect, thanks!