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FCornwallis02 Apr 2018 8:38 a.m. PST

Hi – I'm thinking of putting together forces for late-war Burma in 15mm (IABSM looks good to me for rules). I'm looking for regular forces rather than Chindits, probably for Meiktila but maybe earlier.

I was looking for recommendations figure-wise (plus anything else-wise if you fancy, I'm a bit of a beginner!). Peter Pig looks nice, and has dedicated 14th Army which seems pretty rare. The 14th Army are in a mixture of helmet and hat, which looks nice, but I was under the impression that units tended to wear one or the other rather than a mixture?

I've noticed a few other companies have figures, but I can't find reviews or even good photos of the miniatures, so this seems a bit of a mystery.

Thanks!

GrumpyOldMan02 Apr 2018 3:59 p.m. PST

Hello FCornwallis

You could also mix in some Eureka Pacific War Australians (available in either helmet or bush hat):-

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Cheers

GrumpyOldMan

Maha Bandula02 Apr 2018 7:58 p.m. PST

Disagree with the Eureka recommendation – the gaiters would look very out of place! Instead I would recommend the Battlefront Mediterranean British (or whatever they are called), who are decked out in trousers and shirt sleeves.

kevanG03 Apr 2018 3:34 a.m. PST

You are correct that the units tended to wear one type of headress or the other and the orders for headress were generally divisional level.

That doesnt mean that different units didnt use different headress. Corp units would be on the same battlefield with different head gear and religious units could use different headgear too

My 14th army have hats for one unit and the helmet for my west Africans. I also have sikhs in turbans.

They are mainly peter pigs with some PP heads on some individual battlefront Italy figures to give some variety.

I found that it was necessary to do some headswaps for Piat teams, Flamethrowers and mortar teams and artillary crews.

Peter pig do carriers with the heads seperate so they are the easiest to do conversions.

I did not use any eureka because of the gaiters although It would be possible to use their bardia Australians in greatcoats.

Most of my vehicle crews were battlefront & command decision figures.

The battlefront italian theatre British troops are good for helmeted troops.

Paratroops in berets are also useful.

In burma, the british used US flamethrowers so the PP figure is the only figure with the right equipment

My own 14th army uses PP, CD, Battlefront and QRF to get the right "stuff".

kevanG03 Apr 2018 3:40 a.m. PST

I should add that the helmet figures are useful for british and indian troops in Tunisia and mix well with Battlefronts Italian and commando figures.

FCornwallis04 Apr 2018 2:09 a.m. PST

Thanks all! Battlefront looks like exactly what I wanted, I've ordered some of their British for Italy range. Their Gurhkas and Indians look like they'll do as well. Any idea of how well they mix with Peter Pig?

monk2002uk10 Apr 2018 10:51 a.m. PST

Based on the respective WW1 versions of BF and PP, the former are slightly smaller but not enough to worry about on-table IMHO.

Robert

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