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FCornwallis26 May 2018 1:30 p.m. PST





So I'm coming back into the hobby after a long time out, and painted my first figures for about a decade, trying to represent the 14th Army in the dry belt of Burma in 1945 (hence the sandy/dry bases). I'd be very grateful for feedback and advice (both on technique and historical accuracy), as I think it's pretty difficult to evaluate your own work! Also, sorry for my awful photography…

I've bought IABSM, and quite like the idea of using these rules for Burma (I've got some more British and Japanese on the way, as I understand that the game works at about company-level) – does anyone know any clubs in London that like this ruleset?

Thanks in advance for any comments and advice!

kevanG27 May 2018 1:53 a.m. PST

The helmet colour is too light. it is more like a bronze green. jackets are a very good match…as is the sand colour for the dusty campaign.

kustenjaeger27 May 2018 9:09 a.m. PST


I am not in London but within striking distance. I have IABSM with 15mm Japanese and (in progress) 1944-45 Gurkhas.



FCornwallis29 May 2018 1:32 p.m. PST

Cheers! Yep, I think you're right regarding the helmets – I think I might repaint some of the especially bright ones in line with this painting link and leave the rest as they are, I think we're looking at a mix of the same colour as the uniform as well as some in copper, maybe even an odd khaki one here and there. Should look nice as well!

Hi Edward – like the sound of that! Is there a club you go to?

kevanG03 Jun 2018 2:57 a.m. PST

I would go for a thick dark green or even black wash on top of what you have first to try it.

The pictures are the ones with canvas covers which is another way to go.

I used some of these figures mixed in with my PP figures. I painted the figures black and dipped them in sand to get the texture on the helmet before painting.

FCornwallis05 Jun 2018 2:07 p.m. PST

Cheers, will try repainting the helmets and hopefully post some photos of the results. Yeah, I wish that the figures came with proper helmet covers, some of them have pretty weak indentations which aren't much good and I just paint over. Might experiment making my own…

kevanG06 Jun 2018 9:12 a.m. PST

look forward to seeing them

FCornwallis12 Jun 2018 6:23 a.m. PST


Sorry for bad photo – decided to paint the helmets in flat green plus a few in flat brown, then washed. Looks ok I think and adds a bit more contrast to the figures. I tried sticking on little bits of foliage, which looked ok but I didn't like the overall effect so I removed it (foliage doesn't look great attached to paint).

Do you have any photos of your figures? I'd love to see, 14th Army in 15mm seems pretty rare on the web

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