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Offline Tim Haslam

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What figures suit 1930ís Japanese?
« on: September 20, 2019, 04:30:03 PM »
Iíve got a Chinese Warlord army I use for Bolt Action.
I was wondering what Japanese figures suit the invasion of China?
In bolt action you can field quite a large cavalry retinue. So suggestions for cavalry too, please?
Tsuba perhaps?

Offline Will Bailie

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Re: What figures suit 1930ís Japanese?
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2019, 06:17:00 PM »
There's no cavalry, but Bob Murch's Pulp Figures includes a category for Japanese Naval Infantry:
https://pulpfigures.com/products/category/17

Offline Truscott Trotter

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Re: What figures suit 1930ís Japanese?
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2019, 11:13:41 PM »
IiRC Brigade games and/or Company B do some Japanese that might be suitable again Naval troops as well. They also do the Crossley armoured car with the twin MG.

EDIT: Yes it is Company B Naval Bgde
http://www.companyb.biz/
« Last Edit: September 20, 2019, 11:29:18 PM by Truscott Trotter »

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Re: What figures suit 1930ís Japanese?
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2019, 11:15:23 PM »
I've been trying to find 1930's Japanese for a while, and the pickings are pretty slim. As mentioned there are the Pulp Figures naval infantry.  You can also find tanks from Trenchworx and Company B.  There was a company called Turncoat Games that was making cavalry, but I'm not sure if they are trading anymore.  You could use the Copplestone Chinese as Manchukuo allies. Otherwise, I ended up just having to use the Warlord Japanese figures.

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Re: What figures suit 1930ís Japanese?
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2019, 06:51:18 PM »
IiRC Brigade games and/or Company B do some Japanese that might be suitable again Naval troops as well. They also do the Crossley armoured car with the twin MG.

EDIT: Yes it is Company B Naval Bgde
http://www.companyb.biz/
What section is the naval brigade under? I looked for a while and all I was able to find were the rail handcart which comes with an infantry squad (many sitting, of course), and some paratroops.

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Re: What figures suit 1930ís Japanese?
« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2019, 11:41:04 PM »
Short answer is none really.

Longer answer. It rather depends on when you are talking about. Company B did a rather unattractive range of Japanese Army troops in M98 uniforms and SNLF troops that would be suitable for later (post 1938) fighting in China. Iíve found the SNLF but canít find the Army figures. IIRC there may have been some in M90 uniforms suitable for the early invasion of China. Of course Pulp also do SNLF or rather IJN landing parties for this period.

For anything pre-1930, itís up to you. You are looking at the uniform with stand collar, pantaloons and puttees and peaked caps. The Copplestone Chinese are probably closest but the equipment is wrong. Another route, one I actually started and gave up, is a never released but none the less available range of 28mm Chinese from Eureka. Only a couple of useable poses but with the addition of plastic pouches and equipment from the Warlord Japanese plastic boxes and a little green stuff for peaked caps, you can come up with a fair proxy. A lot of work, very expensive and pose limited, which is why I gave up.

IIRC there was an article on WGís site showing how to make greatcoated Japanese using their Japanese and Soviet boxes. You would still need to make your own headwear.
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Re: What figures suit 1930ís Japanese?
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2019, 12:12:25 AM »
Unfortunately  Company  B website won't  allow me to link to a page but itis near the end of the infantry section.

Again all their troops are lumped in together no way to go straight to Japanese.

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Re: What figures suit 1930ís Japanese?
« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2019, 01:15:31 AM »
Black Army Miniatures do some
https://blackarmygames.com/collections/shanghai-1930/products/japanese-infantry-in-m1930-uniforms
Unfortunately, I had problems trying to have them shipped to Guam  :?
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Re: What figures suit 1930ís Japanese?
« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2019, 09:15:32 AM »
Love those Pulp figures.
Thanks for the input guys.
I was just thinking about a force to take on my Chinese army.
The Pulp figures are different to the Warlord ones which is what I was after.
Sadly very lacking in equipment and choice though.  :(

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Re: What figures suit 1930ís Japanese?
« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2019, 07:04:51 PM »
Unfortunately  Company  B website won't  allow me to link to a page but itis near the end of the infantry section.

Again all their troops are lumped in together no way to go straight to Japanese.
Are you referring to the SNLF troops? They're the only other ones I could find.

Offline Truscott Trotter

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Re: What figures suit 1930ís Japanese?
« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2019, 10:14:37 PM »
Yup SNLF would go well with the Crossley in a 1930's Shanghai force

Offline Hang Tuah

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Re: What figures suit 1930ís Japanese?
« Reply #11 on: October 08, 2019, 09:38:41 AM »

Would the Reiver Castings range work?

https://www.paintinghistory.co.uk/copy-of-o-gauge-2

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Re: What figures suit 1930ís Japanese?
« Reply #12 on: October 09, 2019, 02:39:22 AM »
Hard to judge the quality of the castings from the photos but I think they might.
Also the guns are dirt cheap  :-*

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Re: What figures suit 1930ís Japanese?
« Reply #13 on: October 12, 2019, 06:56:27 AM »
I was poking around the Brigade Games webstore and came across these intriguing entries:

http://brigadegames.3dcartstores.com/BG-2WWJ001-Japanese-Allied-Manuchukoan-Cavalry-Command-2_p_4857.html

http://brigadegames.3dcartstores.com/BG-2WWJ002-Japanese-Allied-Manuchukoan-Cavalry-Troopers-3_p_4858.html

They claim to be "Japanese Allied Manchukuoan Cavalry"  Regrettably, there are no photos, so I have no idea if they are any good.  Or if they can even stand in for Japanese!  On the same page, BG also has a big selection of WWII Mongolian infantry and cavalry.  Again, no photos :(  But one more option for you to consider. 

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Re: What figures suit 1930ís Japanese?
« Reply #14 on: October 12, 2019, 09:49:59 AM »
Iíve seen photos of that range, theyíre ghastly.