fot the past few years I have resisted all efforts to get me involved in skirmish gaming- not my cup of tea. However, on our way back from the Gettysburg game Kent mentioned that we really should get into 28mm WWII. I have resisted up to now but alas the seed has been sown and my interest is increasing.
What to do?
Like many kids growing up in the 70s I had lots of Airfix 1:72nd scale figures. Some of my favourite sets were the Ghurkas, The Australians (I always felt they were the best sculpts out of all the ranges) and Japanese.
I have no interest in FoW in the East feeling that the campaigns are in many ways better suited to platoon level actions and so 28mm skirmish gaming may be the way to go. So with that in mind I decided that the Far East was the ideal
theatre for my dabble into 28mm skirmish gaming (no doubt I will use the
very popular Bolt Action rules)- based partly on Kent saying he's keen to do Imperial Japanese. I blame the following two blogs for my final choice though: Scrivlands and Ogilvie VC both of whom have some excellent miniatures and terrain for Far East inspired games.
I have two theatres I am interested in: New Guinea and Burma- the Aussies on the Kokoda Trail and the "Forgotten 14th". My interest in New Guinea being piqued by a couple of books: Fitzsimmon's Kokoda and Craig Collie & Hajime Marutuni's The Path of Infinite Sorrow. The latter I found to be extremely interesting to get the campaign from the Japanese perspective but also because I lived for three years in Kochi on the island of Shikoku in Japan and it was from this prefecture that the Japanese 44th infantry regiment, that fought on the Kokoda Trail, came from so that is another link to the campaign for me. So doing Aussies for the Trail seemed to be a natural choice. For the 14th I have Spearhead General by Henry Maule which details some truly brutal fighting in Burma and has many more ideas for gaming scenarios.
Anyway time to get started- I have decided to use Assault Group 14th Army for the bulk of my starting force but will also have to make some jungle terrain too as I have absolutely nothing suitable! so last night I jumped onto E-Bay and tracked down some plastic aquarium plants to start my jungle foliage collection- the following looked perfect so I look forward to seeing them in the flesh so to speak.
All I need now is the rules and to order the infantry.