Good friend Des has taken an interest in the 1941-42 Dutch Far East Campaign and consequently so have I and whilst he is doing the less common Dutch (in the sense that we do not often see Dutch Forces on the table in European battles and perhaps even less common in the Far East ones) I will be doing some Japanese. This is a short blog just to introduce the platoon and I am more than sure there will be more detailed posts following this one. There are a few options but I narrowed it down to either Peter Pig or Skytrex as they both do really nice ranges that covers most if not all needs, I went with Skytrex on this occasion.
As for the Platoon I have used the Platoon as presented in the Too Fat Lardies Christmas Special 2015, available on their webpage. There is a Malaya 1942 campaign that looks excellent and gives you the basics of a Japanese platoon and a few special rules – these will do until the Chain of Command Far East supplement is released at some point in the future.
I primed them in chocolate brown and used Desert Yellow (vallejo) for the uniforms highlighted in various Desert Yellow/Iraqi Sand mixes (25% to 75%). The Helmet is Brown Violet (again Vallejo).
Platoon HQ – Senior and Junior Leader (yes I added a flagbearer that needs to get a flag)
Mortar Squad – 3 mortar teams (4 in each) with a Junior Leader
Next the first Rifle Squad – LMG team (4) and Rifle team (9)
Second Rifle Squad – LMG team (4) and Rifle team (9)
Third Rifle Squad – LMG team (4) and Rifle team (9)
I also did another Rifle Squad as a support options, as well as some MMG teams and Infantry Guns.
Next issue will be to find some vehicles… but that is for next time. Hope that was of some interest.