Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

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Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Real » Mon Dec 22, 2008 3:55 am

To order these figures, please go to http://battlescape.com.au/shop/index.ph ... 81_283_319


We could really do with some accurate early war CMF forces for use on the Kokoda track, Milne Bay and perhaps the fight for the beachheads.

I would love them to look very ragged, a mix of slouch hats and helmets (with and without helmet cover), in shorts, wearing sweaters and shirts, with the correct putees and armed with Brens, Thompsons (no drum mags) and .303's.

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Rutger (Real): 25 figures
Cardinal Biggles: about 40 figures in helmets
Ragnar: 25 figures
Christo: 80
WargamerOz: 48 (plus command figures)

Total: 218 figures



If I am correct, these could also double for the 21st Brigade on the track and 18th Brigade in Milne Bay, but they should be militia first and foremost.

I had my hopes fixed on the SHQ ones, but they are not nearly as nice as I would have hoped and a long way from being accurate.

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I would be in for an understrenght platoon, so at least 25 figures.

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Cardinal Biggles » Mon Dec 22, 2008 7:45 am

In actual action it was helmets..

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Admin Fella » Mon Dec 22, 2008 11:21 am

How many figures? What types?

This set like others can be done easily enough with all head gear types. Once initial work is done, head swaps allow for a full set in hat, helmet and any other desired. :)

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Ragnar » Mon Dec 22, 2008 11:38 am

I would probably take 25+ subject to the variety of poses.
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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Cardinal Biggles » Mon Dec 22, 2008 11:47 am

I would do a battalion in RF-2 ,

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Real » Mon Dec 22, 2008 12:26 pm

Oh, not that old discussion again. :mrgreen: Cardinal, I really must disagree with you about the helmets vs hats. I think there is plenty of literary and photographic evidence that hats were used in combat in the Pacific. Probably not as often as helmets and not in big preplanned attacks or defences (though there is that all slouch hat assault on Shaggy Ridge). On patrols, guard duty and what not, slouch hats were certainly worn though.

Let's continue this discussion somewhere else though, as Matts offer of helmets AND hats satisfies both our appetites.

The score so far:

Rutger (Real): 25 figures
Cardinal Biggles: about 35 figures (which is about right for a battalion right?)
Ragnar: 25 figures

Total: 85 figures

What types of figures? Let's hear some suggestions.

My personal interest (as stated) is skirmishing, so I want a platoon command pack, a pack of patrolling figures, a pack of attacking figures and a pack of crouching/lying figures. Armed with a mixture of Thompsons, Brens and .303's.

I can't remember any cases of the militia using Vickers or mortars, but of course no set is complete without them (especially if they are to double as 21st and 18th Brigades).

I am no expert on uniforms, so any detailed information on that is welcome. If I am correct they should wear basic tropical uniforms, with shorts. Standard Commonwealth webbing. Some sweaters and sleeveless undershirts for variation would be perfect. Helmets, a few slouch hats and probably even a few bareheads. They should have a very ragged look!
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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Cardinal Biggles » Mon Dec 22, 2008 12:34 pm

Real actually in the Kokoda and buna and Gona a lot of evidence for helmets, photgraphs are debatable as most are taken of troops not in action..accounts talk about helmets, helmets falling off, helmets being a pest in trees , helmet used as entrenching tools..my research suggest the move to soft hats in action was gradual and it isn't till sadlerberg you star seeing a mix in frontline ares..then as the danger from mortars and artillery dimished so you see more soft hats, but at Kokoda and Buna/Gona I am adamant that helmets are mandatory headgear in action and yes I am sick of talking about and even sicker of being contradicted..

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Admin Fella » Mon Dec 22, 2008 12:44 pm

Indeed the aim is to satisfy all likes.

(i am very proud of myself not getting into the debate again) :P

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Cardinal Biggles » Mon Dec 22, 2008 12:45 pm

i have no interest in getting into it again either..it makes me cross..

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Cardinal Biggles » Mon Dec 22, 2008 12:45 pm

that is a very weird picture link..

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Dropbear » Mon Dec 22, 2008 1:23 pm

Hmm - if the posts continue to be hijacked by the helmet/hat issue, i may have to invoke my admin editing powers :P

My 2cents worth though, you will see Aussies in helmets and hats in all areas of the war, so multiple head options is the best way to go.

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Admin Fella » Mon Dec 22, 2008 1:25 pm

Dropbear wrote:Hmm - if the posts continue to be hijacked by the helmet/hat issue, i may have to invoke my admin editing powers :P

My 2cents worth though, you will see Aussies in helmets and hats in all areas of the war, so multiple head options is the best way to go.
Fair points. :)

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Cardinal Biggles » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:41 pm

:D you will have to ask me how to pull my own posts, a wonderous world..any way it is expected of me..can't let the punters down..

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by christo » Mon Dec 22, 2008 7:39 pm

put me down for 2RF btns please

Hats thanks :lol:

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Dropbear » Mon Dec 22, 2008 8:12 pm

Tally

Rutger (Real): 25 figures
Cardinal Biggles: about 35 figures (which is about right for a battalion right?)
Ragnar: 25 figures
Christo - how ever many 2x RF BTN equates too (sorry, i play Arc of fire skirmish, so have no idea)

Total: 85+ figures

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by christo » Mon Dec 22, 2008 8:25 pm

put me down for a standard 80figs

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Dropbear » Mon Dec 22, 2008 8:30 pm

Tally

Rutger (Real): 25 figures
Cardinal Biggles: about 35 figures (which is about right for a battalion right?)
Ragnar: 25 figures
Christo - 80

Total: 165+ figures

poo - i wanted the Dropshorts made first!

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Cardinal Biggles » Mon Dec 22, 2008 8:33 pm

Dropbear wrote:Tally

Rutger (Real): 25 figures
Cardinal Biggles: about 35 figures (which is about right for a battalion right?)
Ragnar: 25 figures
Christo - how ever many 2x RF BTN equates too (sorry, i play Arc of fire skirmish, so have no idea)

Total: 85+ figures
40 for me , in helmets

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Cardinal Biggles » Mon Dec 22, 2008 8:34 pm

nice , in 08 pattern ammo puches and even a lewis gun, for the early battles..

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Dropbear » Mon Dec 22, 2008 8:35 pm

Tally

Rutger (Real): 25 figures
Cardinal Biggles: about 40 figures in helmets
Ragnar: 25 figures
Christo - 80

Total: 170 figures

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Cardinal Biggles » Mon Dec 22, 2008 8:36 pm

ok '37 pattern is fine

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Real » Tue Dec 23, 2008 8:53 am

Yes, I wanted to ask you about that. It has been said that the militia wore old equipment ('08 webbing and Lewis guns), but I have never seen a picture of them in one, nor heard mention of the Lewis's.

Were they used on the Kokoda track?

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by wargameroz » Tue Dec 23, 2008 9:01 am

I'll take 48 if there is a basic 10 poses plus command and support

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Admin Fella » Tue Dec 23, 2008 9:18 am

wargameroz wrote:I'll take 48 if there is a basic 10 poses plus command and support

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It would be good to now list out how many figures you want in the set, the figure types (riflemen, MG's etc), how many of each type and any equipment specifications for the set.

That way people have a clear list of what would be commissioned.

I know this would help me to as i need to look at the weapon list in particular to see what i need to have made up. :)

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Cardinal Biggles » Tue Dec 23, 2008 10:14 am

As I remeber the heaviest weapon they had was bren gun , and in the begining a Lewis..

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