A new scale and a new period ( as in theatre) and it all started when I was up in the loft and came across an old plastic Airfix kit of a 1/32 scale Bamboo House that I had as a young boy, 40 years ago. The kit was issued in 1973 and is now out of production and apparently quite rare. Having said that, I have been watching ebay and managed to buy (although at an over the top price) a second set recently. I had given the Airfix plastic figures away to my nephews many years ago and kept hold of the building and I am glad I did as it is a wonderful piece of kit.
With the 'Too Fat Lardies' Chain of Command rule set soon to be released, I have been updating my existing 28mm WW2 collections in preparation for this. As they are for Western Europe and in 28mm I thought a platoon of Japanese and American infantry in a bigger scale and fighting in the Far East would be different and fun to do. I don't think the Chain of Command rules cover the Japanese but hopefully they will bring out lists in the future or if not I will have a tinker with them myself.
The decision I had to make was would I collect and paint the Airfix 1/32 (54mm) scale plastic soldiers for this collection or go with the slightly smaller 1/35 (51.4mm) scale plastic figures kits.
Having checked out on the web what was available and the costs, I decided to go with the 1/35 scale kits. There are some wonderful kits out there especially for Western Europe, that I may be tempted to cover that in this scale at some point in the future as well. Obviously you have to assemble and glue the figures but they are so good I think it is worth the effort. As for cost, you can pick these figures up for not much more than the cost of a 28mm metal figure. You would have to consider collecting suitable terrain for this scale but with the Pacific Theatre you could probably get away with any jungle terrain you have for 28mm. I plan on scratch building a couple of bamboo huts to go with my two Airfix buildings for a small village setting in the jungle for my platoons to fight over.
Anyway, enough of my ramblings and let me show you what I have so far........
As you can see in the above pictures, that I had to make a few repairs and make a new door for the building.
In this picture you can see the difference in scale between the 1/35 scale figure and a 28mm figure from Artizan Miniatures.
I would like to finish this post off by thanking Simon Walker for buying my complete Zulu War collection. You will see more posts on this blog relating to the Zulu War, as Simon wants me to paint additional figures for the collection.
Apologies for lack of feedback on your blogs chaps but I have just returned from a long weekend back down in Wales and have only just managed to get this done in time before retiring for the day.