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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP07 Jul 2017 7:21 p.m. PST

Just curious …

Do you just use WW2 figures for the Americans? What about the other nations?

And also I just realized that, while there's a Discussion Board for the Vietnam War, there isn't one for the Korean War (ironically referred to sometimes as "the Forgotten War"). Not enough interest or not enough figures?


Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP07 Jul 2017 9:41 p.m. PST

Dan, the Imex US Army and South Korean Army sets work perfectly together. I use them and with a few of the Revell 1/72nd scale WWII US Army troops to provide a .50 caliber and a 81mm mortar you got most of it covered.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2017 3:29 a.m. PST

Worth noting that the Marines, at least in 1850, are still wearing legwear the Army had given up on. Completely unnecessary from a wargaming standpoint, of course--but it's always nice to be able to dinstinguish your miniatures.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2017 3:46 a.m. PST

Assume that should be 1950 eh Robert? (:o)

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2017 3:48 a.m. PST

Have been considering Korean War. Have been thinking about it in 20mm/1-72. My other modern (ie: WWII is 10, 15 and 25…..but the Korean War is so self contained…). Probably do Canadians, but have to do a bit more thinking. There's a TFL variant of IABSM I believe in one of the TFL Specials.

genew49 Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2017 5:53 a.m. PST

Two Fat Lardies Winter Special 2005 features:
"To Die for a Tie"
"IABSM! meets the Korean War. A
full supplement for our Company
level WWII rules fear not, they're official!"

Plastic Soldier Review/Korean War

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2017 6:13 a.m. PST

Dave, yes 1950--though I doubt whether everyone switched on New Years Day 1951. They were very busy at the time. Not a regular period for me, but if I remember correctly the USNC elements at Inchon and Chosin (largely First Marine Division) still weren't wearing those new-fangled "combat boots," but the earlier leggings, whose correct name--spats? gaiters?--escapes me. Surely someone on TMP knows?

Anyway, I have no shame about such matters. I'll happily adopt and use throughout a war any uniform quirk which will help me meet my primary goals, which are (1) telling the sides apart, and (2) telling the units on each side apart.

Purely personal. My father knew some of the First Marine Division in late WWII--possibly as guards at Indianhead, or still in Bethesda when he went there in 1945, but either way Guadalcanal vets. Dad was Navy, and always gave Marines a hard way to go--but he also always made a partial exception for the First Division marines.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2017 1:55 p.m. PST

Thanks so much for the feedback.

Though my Dad and uncles served during WW2, and a couple of uncles stayed on for Korea, I'm not really into gaming moderns.

But thought it was a bit strange that there were sub-boards for other modern wars and conflicts, but not one for Korea. Then it made me wonder if it was just because the figures used might the same as those of WW2, or perhaps because there might too few options for figures specific for that period.


Tgunner Supporting Member of TMP10 Jul 2017 4:56 p.m. PST

It looks like they were wearing gaiters up through Pusan at least.


This was taken at Inchon:


Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP11 Jul 2017 1:40 a.m. PST



coopman11 Jul 2017 4:05 a.m. PST

Most gamers probably just use their WW2 figs. for the US forces. Most of the weapons would be the same too, only add some jet aircraft in the skies above.

Virginia Tory11 Jul 2017 4:14 a.m. PST

When the weather turned nasty in late 1950, the Marines got the infamous "shoepacs."


Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP13 Jul 2017 11:25 a.m. PST

US troops would have the larger bazooka, the M20 soon after the initial battles. They get the M2 carbine with the banana magazine, it fires full automatic. They also get recoilless rifles in several sizes. Vehicles include M16 quad .50 halftracks with bat wing armor for use against ground attacks, large numbers of M4E8 Shermans, M26, and M46 tanks as the war goes on.

The Ridgeway cap and the fur cap with ear flaps was used frequently.

I use WWII infantry, but only to supplement my Imex troops. I mix WWII and Korean War era vehicles. Aircraft are very different, with jets and helicopters being the biggest difference.

The Imex North Koreans, and Chinese are very good, and I toss in the Revell Siberian Infantry from WWII and other WWII Soviets as needed for heavy weapons or just extra troops.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek

Legion 421 Jul 2017 6:50 a.m. PST

the Imex US Army and South Korean Army sets work perfectly together.
Yes, I've seen these and very much agree. They are nice pieces, IMO …

RudyNelson21 Jul 2017 7:16 a.m. PST

In 15mm Battlehonors/ old Glory 15s has a large range of castings for this era.

In 20mm, I think Lancastshire has a number of items.

wargamer622 Jul 2017 3:02 a.m. PST

Pithead have a pretty comprehensive range of infantry and equipment in 10mm that has been out since 2014 link

Pendraken are also planning to make a small range of infantry in the same scale. 10mm will lend itself well to massed Chinese infantry attacks

number422 Jul 2017 7:05 p.m. PST

I have the Imex figure as Caesar US Marines, but the problem is finding suitable plastic figures to represent the Brits in the 1st Commonwealth Division

freecloud31 Jul 2017 2:51 a.m. PST

In 28mm First Corps make Chinese and British

christot31 Jul 2017 8:30 a.m. PST

In 20mm would the Battlefield/Blitz Late war US be suitable? They are lovely looking figures and not a bad sized range

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