Wednesday, September 8, 2010


This is my first Japanese WWII figure and it's made by the Assault Group(TAG) and they are quite some nice figures and paint up very nicely.I plan to use them for Iron Ivans "Red Sun,Red Death" rule set.

Helen(Tank Girl) got me interested in starting these guys with her wonderful Japanese.I really liked how she did them and so I used quite a few of her tips on uniforms(Thanks Helen!)and added a few things of my own.Just like Helen I prefer the Southern Theater of operations in the Pacific like New Guinea,Burma, Philippines, Singapore and similar places then the small islands campaigns which will result in my Japanese tending to include quite a bit of greenish tones and such.
First up is a Japanese scout armed with a Japanese made sub Machine gun the Typ 100.He has green pants and a khaki green shirt with some leaf camouflagelage added .I plan on working on various tones of khakiand green to give different looks as I believe they may have presented this appearance.
Miniature Company-The Assault Group





Cheers
Christopher

12 comments:

  1. Beautiful painting. I like how your miniatures always seem to have a certain atmosphere attatched to them. I'd really like to know how you do that.

    Would you please explain how you differentiated your skin-colours to give a more oriental look?

    Are you happy with TAG?

    PS: Typ 100? Becoming German at last? ;)

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  2. Hello Doc,

    Thank you and I'm glad you like him.
    The skin is the new Foundry Asian skin with a further white to the mix at the end.
    I haven't tried all TAG mini's,but these Japanese are nice.If you are asking are they as good as Perry or something then no,but who is?(LoL!)
    TAG from viewing their forum has what I call a mixed bag of quality similar to GB where they have some very nice ones and then some quite poor ones,but over all they produce nice miniatures and so I recommend them.
    In regards to Typ 100 that is the western name for it as far as I know.
    Viewing my pics again,I think some are bit out of focus and so the next set I need to fix that.

    Cheers
    Christopher

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  3. Hi Chris,

    Very nice work on the Japanese scout.

    The overall effect looks very good.

    The Type 100 smg was found in limited numbers in the South-West Pacific, hence I've two for my grunts and added some poetic licence for the tank crew.

    The water bottle carrier colour should be a khaki colour and not leather.

    Basically, I use the USA Olive Drab as the base colour for all straps that were not leather, followed by Khaki Grey and for highlight some Stone Grey with the Khaki Grey. Just a thought an one you may wish to consider.

    Just received today my Japanese anti-tank rifles from the USA plus the late version of the Type 94 tankette which is very cute. The anti-tank rifle team is designed by Paul Hicks. Again this weapon was used in limited numbers in the South-West Pacific. They will be very useful in scrapping paint off Michael's Matildas when we get to game at Christmas time.

    I look forward Chris in seeing the next instalment.

    Cheers,

    Helen

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  4. @Everyone
    Thank you Folks!

    @Helen

    I've seen examples in both leather and canvas for the water bottle carriers.
    Here are a couple each:

    Leather
    http://www.diggerhistory.info/pages-uniforms/japanese2.htm

    http://www.medalsgonemissing.com/gallery/03-pattern-waterbottle.jpg

    Canvas
    http://pmimages.worthpoint.com/thumbnails2/1/1106/07/1_40301a9e64d18ddc9eaf64c221241710.jpg

    http://pmimages.worthpoint.com/thumbnails/1/0407/27/1_7f7a600ad569830bbe5b5af8a44dac5f.jpg

    For this one I tried out leather to see how it contrasts with the uniform and the next one I planned on trying out canvas.In the end I'll probably mix them up.
    As always,I appreciate any advice!:-)

    Can't wait to see your latest additions!

    Cheers
    Christopher

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  5. Hi Chris,

    Thanks for the links and sorry if I'm pragmatic in some things.

    Indeed leather was used for the very early water bottle carriers in around 1930s I believe, maybe even earlier. I don't really know unless I do more investigative work.

    Canvas would have been cheaper to manufacture and naturally more widely issued during the conflict.

    Thanks again for your reply an I look forward in seeing more beautiful Japanese.

    Helen

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  6. I agree Helen in that canvas would be more widely used for the very reasons you stated.Perhaps I'll leave the leather for NCO's,officers and special gunner positions to make them stand out just that little bit more like this gentlemen here with the Typ 100.:-)

    Cheers
    Christopher

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  7. Sounds like a plan Chris.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Cheers,

    Helen

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  8. Great painting Chris, the camouflahe is superb. Aren`t you afraid he might get lost on the gaming table?
    Cheers
    Jan

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  10. Now that's what I call stunning! Sure puts to shame all of my efforts. What colours did you used, if I may be so bold to ask?

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  11. Very nice work the detail is superb i'll have to take a look at some of these figure they seem to be well detailed

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