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08 Jan 2019 7:01 p.m. PST
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masm611008 Jan 2019 12:40 p.m. PST

Hello All

I'm looking to start 20mm in the Far East.
I have Japanese because I already do island fighting with the US Marines and the Japanese.

I see some figures from
Early War Miniatures, Punjabi in Shorts
Stonewall Miniatures, Punjabi, Gurkha and Sikh
And Australians from Eureka.

Are there differences in the uniform as it changed for Khaki to Jungle Green?

Are figures "short pants" appropriate for the 1941/42 range? 1943-45?

Are there other figure ranges to look at?

apologizes for all the questions.
Best regards,
-Mike

Herce Salon de Guerre08 Jan 2019 3:30 p.m. PST

have a look at Wartime Australians and japanese also.

cheers
Matt

TacticalPainter0108 Jan 2019 6:48 p.m. PST

Early war British in the Far East were mainly in shorts and khaki. Australians in Malaya were in shorts and khaki, but only because they were on their way to North Africa and were diverted. In a slightly similar way Australian militia in New Guinea were initially in shorts and khaki but by the time the AIF Regulars arrived back from North Africa they were issued jungle greens.

Unless you are going to be very focussed on playing things like Hong Kong, Malaya and Kakoda Trail, then I'd suggest you are best going with jungle green and trousers. The Eureka Australians would work as both Australians (obviously) and British for Burma. The Australians in slouch hats could also substitute for Chindits, so you get a lot of mileage that way.

I'm currently playing a Chain of Command campaign set in Malaya and I'm just using my Eureka Australians and not losing any sleep over it, you can see how the minis look here Malaya 1942 Campaign . If you wanted to go with shorts and khaki then any range of 8th Army miniatures would do the job.

I hope that helps.

Maha Bandula08 Jan 2019 7:08 p.m. PST

8th Army figures without helmet covers (which sadly rules out the AB range) are perfect for the defence of Hong Kong, Malaya, and Burma.

For jungle green your first stop should be SHQ's Mediterranean British range, which figures troops in trousers and shirtsleeves:

link

FAA also has some beardy chindits:

link

masm611009 Jan 2019 4:36 a.m. PST

I greatly appreciate the advice and recommendations.
Thanks everyone!
-Mike

wargamingUSA09 Jan 2019 3:34 p.m. PST

These guys have a boatload of released and planned Pacific-CIB Theater stuff. https://172scale.com

Covert Intervention Games have OSS Det101 figs and they have purchased and re-released the old Combat Mins Japanese and USMC.

Second endorsement for FAA Chindits, and some of the SHQ, EWM and Wartime figs.

marc196520 Jan 2019 2:29 a.m. PST

Sgts Mess do a really good 20mm Sikh range wearing trousers which are perfect for Burma.

Blacky75020 Jan 2019 6:00 p.m. PST

I second Wartime plus they have some Kokoda specific figures available as well

TunnelRat Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2019 11:48 p.m. PST

You could also look at FAA – they have a few ranges that would fit.

Chindits '43-'45
link

Gurkha's
link

Merrill's Marauders
link

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