New Set Announcement: Early 20th Century Japanese!

New Set Announcement: Early 20th Century Japanese!

We're excited to announce a new set that's about to go into file prep: Japanese! 

This is a very versatile set that will be part of our Imperial Conquests range as it can be used for the Boxer Rebellion, the Russo-Japanese War, and...with a slight squint...WW1. 

(The main difference in the uniform for WW1 was that they mostly wore puttees instead of the gaiters shown on these figures although gaiters were still in use)

These are going to file prep. No release date yet but keep an eye on the Release Schedule page.

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Comments

Pierre - February 19, 2022

I found the reason for these two rolls !

One is the traditional “tube pack” (assault light pack – white, grey or tan fabric), while the other is the rolled blue (then brown) coat. The official leather backpack and the blanket were left at the depot in action. The men slept with their coats on. Well seen !
Ref. War Relics Forum : The evolution of the Japanese imperial Army Backpacks (1874-1945).

On the other hand, the vast majority of photos of Japanese soldiers marching (or parading) show that the regular way of carrying the rifle on the shoulder was as follows : right side, the breech block (and not the trigger) facing the observer. The Japanese Honor Guard still holds it that way. To be corrected…

I need these Japanese soldiers (and the white and red Russians too), for sure.

Will Lydon - February 16, 2022

If room permits, a model of the Hotchkiss Mle 1897 machine gun would be an excellent inclusion. The Japanese Imperial Army had begun issuing them to its divisions at the turn of the century, and well there presence was not as common as in later conflicts, machine guns were notably used by both sides during the war.

Pierre - February 14, 2022

In my opinion, to stay close to the conditions of the time while lightening the minis, I would only keep the “rolled pudding” which goes from the left shoulder to the right hip.

Most Japanese prints of the time show only this one in the field. I guess the coat was rolled up in the blanket (as with the Germans and Russians).

The logic of the handling of the rifle in the armies at the beginning of the 20th Century makes me think that the Arisaka Type 30 (1897-1905) worn on the shoulder is reversed. The breech should be facing the observer… Not ?

Very interesting. I’m looking forward to the (Tsarist) Russians !

FrankR - February 12, 2022

I agree… please no blanket rolls on bodies…

Brandon R Chamberlain - February 12, 2022

I’m vary excited about these miniatures! I have to agree… lose the blanket rolls. The faces are very generic and not very Japanese to my eye.

Jules - February 12, 2022

Agree in concensus please no blanket roll it just piginholes the actual figures.. I can see these being used for many other armies for the 1890sto 1930s periods… Otherwise very exciting set from Wargames Atlantic. The horses are a great addition too and finally those Cannon Fodder extras look good too.

Peter - February 12, 2022

Loose the blanket rolls and they could pass for Mexican troops against the wild bunch,

John Sullivan - February 11, 2022

Please no blanket rolls. Otherwise great future set.

Carl Nier - February 11, 2022

Nice looking figures.

Looking forward to a comprehensive Boxer Rebellion range.

Don Willy - February 11, 2022

I’d prefer to see them in great coats.

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