Thursday, December 31, 2015


While there are large numbers new sets, I still like the Japanese from Airfix.

They still form the basis for my army.

I am using the other sets to fill in gaps in the Airfix sets.

Hat has recently released Japanese bicycle troops.

When you add up all these different sets, you have a pretty good Japanese unit.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015


These samurai figures are 28mm Heroclix.

I have been considering them as a sort of morale marker.

If the troops have good morale, then they get a spirit figure to represent that morale.

The spirit figure moves along with the troops but has no combat power of his own.

He makes it harder for the troops to surrender or run away.

I like morale and game markers that add to the view of the game table.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015


Japanese fought more than just on little desert islands and in jungle.

They fought in the Aleutian Islands in Alaska, in the snow.

They fought in China in cities, in the country, and in the hills.

They fought against the French in Indo-China, and the Dutch in Java.

The fought against Americans, Australians and the British and Indians.

Plenty of potential enemies and lots of kinds of terrain to fight over.

Monday, December 28, 2015


Redbox also makes IJ Naval aviators.  

They also make Kamikaze figures. 

There are also now a couple companies making Japanese heavy weapons.

The Airfix were a great set, but just about all riflemen.

There is the one guy with the flag.

And the officer figure with the traditional sword.

And one guy with a submachine gun.

Sunday, December 27, 2015


For decades the Airfix Japanese were nearly all we had for 1/72nd scale WWII Japanese troops.

Later we got the marginal Atlantic set and the short lived Matchbox figures.

Still, vast numbers of Japanese served well in many wargame armies.

Now we have an avalanche of Japanese.  

Red Box have given use three new sets of Japanese figures.

Imperial Japanese Army pilots for example.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Super Heroes

This Atlantis submarine will end up as a Skrull tank.

This Heroclix blue guy will become a demon.  The orange one will be a werewolf.  

The red guy is a Soviet superhero.

I anticipate making several for Cold War games.

Friday, December 25, 2015


These cannons are actually pencil sharpeners that I got at a gift shop.

Weapons are found everywhere.

Skrulls include a variety of different figures.

Kree, enemies of the Skrull empire.

A small unit of them but enough to be trouble.

Thursday, December 24, 2015


Flying platform.

Special pilots are needed to fly them.

Fast, quiet and small they are perfect for recon or to move small numbers of troops.

In this case they provide a nice overview of the parade.

Best seat in the house.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015


A friend of mine made a flag based on one from a Fantastic Four episode.

Bring it up in Paint, flip it and copy it and then fold it over a bit of wire.  Then glue the two halves together with white glue.  Essentially free flag.

There are a number of enemies of the Skrulls.

While I don't want to play Skrull wars as such, they could come in handy as allies of the humans.

Two important humans watch as the Skrull army passes in review.

These two submarines from Atlantis make good Skrull vehicles.