Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Dropbear » Sun Dec 28, 2008 9:32 am

BattleScape wrote:We should also look at some of these guys being a bit dual purpose and suiting Brit/Commonwealth forces for the Far East.

Should be easy enough to do and it will open up more interest.
I am in total favor of that idea, as without you (as a business) the group builds can't happen, and every one should consider that as opposed to just a wish list, Battlescape is a business and needs to make $ (so that we can continue to get more group builds made :D )

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Real » Sun Dec 28, 2008 11:28 pm

Of course I agree. With a clean paintjob most of these figures will be usable for the Middle East and Greece (if you get them in helmets at least :roll: :lol: ). There are no figures in tropical uniform that I know off that are wearing the woollen sweaters or just a sleeveless shirt (can anybody please tell me the correct name for this :P ). After a few days in action in the desert I reckon that most blokes wouldn't have looked very clean as well (especially with those pathetically small water rations of them that left little or nothing for washing and shaving.

But the reverse is also true, that many current 8th Army British types in tropical uniform are also usable as Aussie Pacific militia with a bit of work.

Therefore I would not make them too generic, as there are allready loads of Monty's 8th Army figure ranges out there from which you want to set these apart.

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Cardinal Biggles » Mon Dec 29, 2008 8:43 am

well a shirt with its sleeves cut off is a sleeveless shirt..an underwear garment is a singlet

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Real » Mon Dec 29, 2008 9:25 pm

Cardinal Biggles wrote:an underwear garment is a singlet
Thank you! That is the work I was looking for. :D

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Real » Mon Jan 05, 2009 11:25 pm

These pictures show a good view of the 61st Bn militiamen in the Light Horse pattern leather leggings.

http://cas.awm.gov.au/PROD/ump.retrieve ... parm2=2000

http://cas.awm.gov.au/PROD/ump.retrieve ... parm2=2000

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Dropbear » Tue Jan 06, 2009 6:18 am

The links dont work Real.

To get photos from the AWM you have to "save as" and rename them. I did this and then posted them to photobucket to get the img link for the forum.

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Cardinal Biggles » Tue Jan 06, 2009 8:46 am

AWM pics time out..you have to look for them yourself..

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Real » Tue Jan 06, 2009 9:39 am

Like this then?

AWM Photo no. 026664 http://cas.awm.gov.au/photograph/026664

AWM Photo no. 013316 http://cas.awm.gov.au/photograph/013316

A shame you can't enlarge the images, because they could be much sharper.

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Cardinal Biggles » Tue Jan 06, 2009 10:05 am

I don't mean to be provocative but not a slouch hat in sight..

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Real » Tue Jan 06, 2009 10:22 am

Hehe, of course you are right. But I think that can be explained by the nature of the terrain. The coastal Milne Bay area was much more open than the dense jungles along the Kokoda track. Mark Johnston also states in the Osprey about the Aussies in WW2 that the 39th were forerunners in wearing the slouch hat in action, that they took up this habit a bit earlier than other units.

However, as I said before, I think these figures should wear helmets, if it is not possible to cast them in two different options.

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Cardinal Biggles » Tue Jan 06, 2009 10:30 am

hmm if was in Osprey it has to be correct..

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Real » Tue Jan 06, 2009 10:48 am

Yes, Osprey is infallible. Hasn't anybody told you? :mrgreen:

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Admin Fella » Tue Jan 06, 2009 11:34 am

Cardinal Biggles wrote:I don't mean to be provocative but not a slouch hat in sight..
Must be a training photo. :P

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by akula_au » Tue Jan 06, 2009 11:56 am

I always thought they put the tin hats on in photos so they didn't get in trouble with an officer who saw it...

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by greatwhitezulu » Tue Jan 06, 2009 1:30 pm

Cardinal Biggles wrote:hmm if was in Osprey it has to be correct..
Slouch hats and Ospreys in one thread - You must be really happy Cardinal :D
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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by christo » Tue Jan 06, 2009 2:05 pm

Very Happy

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Cardinal Biggles » Tue Jan 06, 2009 6:46 pm

Two pet hates in one go, gets the blood rushing..

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Real » Wed Jan 14, 2009 10:38 pm

Just noticed that the guy in front in this picture is also wearing the Light Horse pattern leather leggings.

http://cas.awm.gov.au/photograph/013288

Seems they were more common then I thought.

Btw, are the preorders going as planned Mathew?

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Real » Wed Apr 29, 2009 4:48 am

Any updates on these? :oops:

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Admin Fella » Wed Apr 29, 2009 5:31 am

weapons are being sculpted, but i hope to have some other sample figures soon.

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Tyberius » Fri May 01, 2009 8:23 pm

Tyberius wrote:Count me in for a battalion in RF-2.

cheers Ty.

PS I have photos in a WWII magazine of Aussies in the pacific with helmets and some photos with Aussies with hats

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Admin Fella » Fri May 01, 2009 8:31 pm

The weapons are being sculpted currently. Once done and cast up, they will be off to figure sculptor for rest. I should have some generic arty/mortar crew before that though.

Aside from that, project just has to wait in line. :)

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Real » Fri May 01, 2009 8:36 pm

Any word on what the range will contain? Did the wounded/stretcher bearers/trekking figures make it to the final set? They sure would add some flavour, but I realise they might not be the most commercially viable.

Really looking forward to these.

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Admin Fella » Sat Nov 28, 2009 10:14 am

Hey All

Some time ago i had a few sample figures sent to me for potential Australian militia. I was thinking at the time they may be a little small for my tastes. Anyway, just to double check i thought i would post them here with some other brands for comparison. Let me know what you think? Are you happy with the size, proportions and style?????

If so, i would look to make a few adjustments to these maters so they may be cast and used as the dollies for a range.

Now i am not sure i would commit to some 30 figures as suggested here, but certainly enough to create RF Battalions with some variation.

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Re: Australian Pacific Militia troops (20mm)

Post by Dropbear » Sat Nov 28, 2009 5:05 pm

Do you have any Eureka Miniatures 20mm figures to compare the size with? Regardless of that, they seem to fit in ok with other 20m figures, and they do look the part.

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