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cbssecman05 Mar 2021 8:25 a.m. PST

Looking for some feedback on what 20mm figures and models others have found for wargaming the 2nd Sino-Japanese War, in the early period.

I've got a box of Caesar Miniatures Chinese Army on the way, but I'm not a huge fan of plastic figs. Has anyone found any "easily converted" white metal figs to stand in for Chinese troops? Maybe WW1 Germans or Brits? (it's the puttees that seem to be hard to find on figs…)

Chinese armor?
Vickers Model E Mark B
Renault AGC 1 / AMR 35

And then Japanese armor… Any recommendations for:
Type 89 tank
Type 94 tankette
Sumida armored car
Osaka armored car
Soko Sagyo Ki "engineer" tank

Is Ostmodel still in business?
I've seen listings for early Japanese armor kits from them, but no dealer or website info…just an Autralian phone number and snailmail address.

BillyNM05 Mar 2021 8:58 a.m. PST

Wargames Foundry do a couple of 20mm WW2 figures:
Stonewall do some…
Otherwise you're probably stuck with using other nations – FAA do WW1 Germans that might be a starter for ten?
For tanks I'd Eraly War Miniatures who do some between the wars stuff as well as Japanese:
Other options for tanks would be SHQ or Grubby Tanks..

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP05 Mar 2021 9:41 a.m. PST

There's these


John Armatys05 Mar 2021 9:48 a.m. PST

Frontline do a Type 89

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP05 Mar 2021 10:04 a.m. PST

For Chinese armour I would suggest T-26s; the first Chinese tank regiment was set up with T-26s later supplemented with BT-7s, BA-10 armoured cars and some Sdkz 221s

Pegasus sells a kit with 2 T-26s in 1/72


79thPA Supporting Member of TMP05 Mar 2021 11:07 a.m. PST

Info on Chinese armor:



GrumpyOldMan05 Mar 2021 2:25 p.m. PST

Mirage make a Chinese Vickers B, link

Foundry link and Lancashire Games link make Chinese figures.

TacticalPainter0105 Mar 2021 3:16 p.m. PST

It's tricky. I used the Caesar figures and HaT WWI Turks as the base figures and then converted using Airfix heads for the stahlhelms. I've added some Foundry metals but there's a very limited number of poses, which is a shame, as they are lovely figures.


I used various other sets like this HaT German gun and crew.


Tanks are various plastic. These s-model PzI come with Chinese decals.



I originally based the infantry for Crossfire but recently rebased the figures individually for Chain of Command.


TacticalPainter0105 Mar 2021 3:21 p.m. PST

Is Ostmodel still in business?
I've seen listings for early Japanese armor kits from them, but no dealer or website info…just an Autralian phone number and snailmail address.

They are sold by Simons Soldiers out of Australia. link

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP05 Mar 2021 3:22 p.m. PST

TacticalPainter01, those are really nice looking. Very impressive.

Tango0105 Mar 2021 3:55 p.m. PST

Some figures…


Some pics…







PDF link










Tanks painting guide…




Really funny …

YouTube link


TacticalPainter0105 Mar 2021 6:50 p.m. PST

Interesting set of links there. This picture on the Tanks Encylopedia page intrigued me:


I was in Beijing a few years ago and visited the very excellent military museum. I took a picture of this Sherman with a missing barrel, which makes me wonder if it's one and the same tank? Possibly.


I have a bit more information on the Beijing museum and lots of pictures on my blog. They have a large collection of equipment used by the Chinese in WWII, nearly all of which is of foreign design. You can see more here link

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP05 Mar 2021 7:49 p.m. PST

Use Airfix WWII Japanese with Airfix WWI British heads. Pin the heads to the bodies using 8 gauge guitar string.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek
Bunker Talk blog

Umpapa07 Mar 2021 10:03 a.m. PST

Friend of mine blog about 20 mm China:


Maha Bandula20 Mar 2021 6:15 a.m. PST

I don't think anyone has mentioned the old Lancashire and Stonewall ranges? Not everyone's cup of tea, but they are there.


In any case, 1/72nd Scale Miniatures have Chinese in the pipeline, for release sometime either this year or the next.

guilhemdelyon23 Sep 2023 1:51 p.m. PST

Very beautifull… this war China Japan, was the most horrific durind the WW2

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