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ether drake Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2017 10:01 p.m. PST

A friend has talked me into Bolt Action and I plan to field Japanese. I'm considering the Build an Army package. I read some reviews from a years back complaining about the casting quality of the Warlord plastic IJA – fuzzy detail and much clean up needed. How do their products fare now?

uglyfatbloke14 May 2017 1:34 a.m. PST

I've just got loads – a full company, mortars, MGs, artillery…well over 200 figures all told. Got them painted at Emperor Toad's Emporium – fantastic value for money and I'm very happy with them.

Vigilant14 May 2017 2:15 a.m. PST

I don't recognise the description of fuzzy detail and much clean up. To my mind they are excellent figures, dynamic poses and great detail. Well worth the money.

thosmoss14 May 2017 5:45 a.m. PST

Also just got done working with a lot of them, many plastics, and am quite happy with the animation, poses, detail, and end results.

Now I just need to find the rules I want to use them!

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2017 7:07 a.m. PST

What Vigilant stated.

Battle Phlox14 May 2017 7:31 a.m. PST

I have several different plastic soldiers from Warlord. The Japanese are the most easy I had to put together and the detail was good.

JLA10514 May 2017 7:51 a.m. PST

I've got several boxes of them – I think they are some of the best plastics Warlord has done. Crisp detail (for plastics!) and great poses, very little clean up.

ether drake Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2017 8:48 a.m. PST

Thanks for the feedback folks. Glad to hear that what I read was an outlier opinion. Will be putting my order in.

uglyfatbloke14 May 2017 9:58 a.m. PST

You can see painted ones on Emperor Toad's website' £60.00 GBP for 30 painted figures it's hardly worth doing them yourself.
I felt it was worth doing a tiny amount of work (spot of brown pant/glue and some static grass) on the bases to tone them in with our scenery and gave them a quick wash with dark tone to tone them in with what I already had, but both processes together took me maybe two hours at most for 200 figures.
We use our field-stripped version of Bolt Action for company-level games set in Malaya and Burma.

marcus arilius14 May 2017 10:27 a.m. PST

yep great figures

ether drake Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2017 5:26 p.m. PST

@uglyfatbloke that's a very good price and tip, though my friend has offered to paint some of mine so he finally do the Pacific War. We're also planning Malaya and Burma since we're based in Malaysia.

Have you got any blog posts on your games set in Southeast Asia?

uglyfatbloke14 May 2017 10:55 p.m. PST

Not really; I expect thee's some pics that other people have put on …lead adventurers maybe? Where about are you? Long, long ago I lived in Penang for a while SWMBO and I have been back many times; we even take armies with us. We've done plenty of games set in Malaysia including several fictional ones set after Operation Zipper which of course was made redundant by 'the' bombs but makes for interesting battles…so long as you don't mind losing badly if you play the Japanese.
Our armies are really painted for Burma, but we're not as picky as all that; we just leave out the PIATs, tanks and 6-pounders and SWMBOs Sikhs in Jungle Green do fine for Malaysia.
The short Hong Kong campaign is interesting too.

ether drake Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2017 1:54 a.m. PST

I'm based in Selangor / Kuala Lumpur, though I also used to live in Penang.

If you visit again with your armies call upon AD Games (, they do Bolt Action and have lots of terrain and playing space. Though this Japanese venture of mine is the start of some Pacific and SE Asia action. My mate there is very keen on Guadalcanal and Burma.

uglyfatbloke15 May 2017 4:04 a.m. PST

Where is AD games? KL? Penang?

ether drake Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2017 4:55 a.m. PST

AD is in Selangor/KL

uglyfatbloke16 May 2017 4:08 a.m. PST

No website?

ether drake Supporting Member of TMP18 May 2017 11:59 p.m. PST

I posted their Facebook page above. That's the main site.

Clays Russians21 Jun 2017 9:01 a.m. PST

60 BPS for 30? Does he do revy war? I have bunches and they give me Tourette's!

uglyfatbloke21 Jun 2017 9:50 a.m. PST

I expect he'll do anything – he certainly does Napoleonics. Just google … emperor toad's emporium. He's pretty quick too. It's a fantastic value-for-money service.

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