Sunday, 6 January 2013

A Career In Korea 1

With Christmas and New Year consigned to the dustbin I was at something of a loose end. So, I went exploring and I found yet another abandoned project in another forgotten cupboard. This project must have happened around 2010 and the 60th Anniversary of The Korean War. A quick look at the bookshelves confirmed my possession of Max Hasting's book The Korean War and a number of films which are set in that war. The Hunters, The Bridges At Toko-Ri, Pork Chop Hill and my favourite: A Hill In Korea.

All of the films tell good stories with believable characters. They are also full of wargaming suggestions, possibilities and ideas. Noteworthy is the 'friendly fire' incident in A Hill in Korea.

Anyway back to my find. First onto the bench was a box of IMEX 1/72 Chinese PLA troops. The box contains a large number of dead, dying or surrendering figures. I decided that most of them would be found work in the ranks. Three became machine gun loaders, one became a political officer and one was given a rifle and placed in a rifle platoon.The remaining three dead were turned into disordered/pinned markers for Crossfire.

Once painted and based I organised the toys into a PLA infantry company based and organised for the Crossfire rule-set.I found this site invaluable: Steve's Balagan. Light on heavy weapons but with plenty of man-power for the human-wave assault. The first platoon is armed with SMGs, A/T Bombers and LMG. The other three platoons are rifle armed with supporting LMG. From what I can gather the Chinese used a massive variety of weapons including kit left over from WW2 especially Japanese stuff.

Here are the toys:

2nd Company

Company HQ 1

Company HQ 2

1st Platoon/ 2nd Company 1

1st Platoon/2nd Company 2

2nd Platoon/2nd Company
Note the A/T grenades and petrol bombs!

3rd Platoon/2nd Company

4th Platoon/2nd Company

Close-up Company CO & Political Officer
Note Politically Conscious Bugle Boy of Chinese People's Volunteers in Korea.

Pinned Markers

Next on the bench: freedom loving RoK troops. (Still WIP I'm afraid)

All the best!

PS Welcome to newest blog follower Baconfat. I've had a look at his blog and, well, WOW!


12 comments:

  1. Fine work here James. Often overlooked the Korean war provides lots of scope for some fine game settings.

    Nicely painted and based, I look forward to the 'Good guys' next.

    Well done.

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    1. Cheers, Paul, much appreciated!

      Regards
      James

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  2. Love the pinned markers and the political officer!

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  3. Great looking figures you have there.

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    1. Thank you! I'm quite pleased with them too :-)

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  4. Oh no! You've gone and reminded me about my forgotten Korean War project.....

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    1. It's what I do, Mr Gow, it's what I do........ ;-)

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  5. Beautiful work, especially for 1/72. the pinned markers are a bit disturbing.

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    1. Cheers, BF! I guess they are a little but why shy away from it? War's bloody horrible ;)

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