Over the top! Banzai! For the Emperor! There is no Spoon! I know kung fu! While blog updates may have been at an all time low, getting deep into hobby resolutions. Halfway through building this early war Japanese force and things are shaping up nicely.
We are going straight back to the 2nd great war. All aboard the magic school bus and first stop 1942 Japan/China.
This is a Warlord games set of figures for they're Bolt Action game system. It is a 1000 point army list built from the Fall of Singapore theater selection. I went with this force because it fit my strategic plans behind using the force.
From Allies battles and wartime information, they classified the Japanese squad into 3 groups, A,B,C. "A" formations were the army in China and Manchuria. "B" types were used in the far east and pacific. "C" were garrison forces in China. Japanese infantry squads were larger than the average organization on the era.
Bolt Action is a squad based game, not individual. Here are a couple of the Japanese squads and special weapons units that have been completed except for basing.
Now, it is most likely bad protocol to field a casualty model, but it is a reminder of both sides of what we represent on the table top. Maybe I should paint then like a star trek red shirt...
This little fella is a tankette and was an armored recon tank with a medium machine gun. Don't mistake the little cute size for effectiveness, or so I hope.
Rounding out the vehicles for this force is a 6 wheeled truck with a mounted AA gun.
Still on the work board is a veterans squad and a light mortar squad. They are armed with "knee" mortars. As well as a command squad, flame thrower, and sniper teams.
Second stop is North Africa. In preparation for Chicagolands big convention, Adepticon, in April; Wyrd has taken on building a 6x4 German airfield. Supplies are beginning to filter in for the war effort.
Bolt Action is a very terrain dependent game, so a lot of small cover areas are needed to bring out the skirmish aspect of the game.
The main concept I am working off of is the Raiders of the Lost Ark scene around the airplane. A critical mission to secure secret documents before the plane takes off, or taking a key landing spot for the airforce!