Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Chain of Command Japanese Platoon [20]

I've been really busy the last couple of days so have had no time to spend on painting, although I'm hoping to get a whole day to paint at the end of the week. In the meantime, I've been reading through the rules and the campaign system set out in At the Sharp End. The latter will need some fiddling to adapt it to Malaya and Burma but should work fine with some thought given to new character background for Japanese NCO's and officers, as well as context for the campaign ladder.

One other thing I've realised is that my anti-tank teams are not correct for 1941-42, as I've equipped them with pole charges rather than molotov cocktails or anti-tank grenades. I remember reading about the Japanese using glass chemical grenades filled with a type of acid, designed to smash on contact and either dropped into open hatches or broken next to vision slits, resulting in the crew being knocked out by the fumes.They also used petrol bombs for use against the engine decks.

When I get back home I'll need to glue together a couple of two man teams with anti-tank grenades or molotov cocktails, as the lunge pole charges are only appropriate to 1944-45. This won't be difficult as I have some unused plastic figures on the sprues leftover from assembling the rest of the platoon and heavy weapons crews. I also quite like the idea of adding some extra infantry figures, which can either be used to bulk out the sections to thirteen or as the basis of a stand alone rifle section for the support lists.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting. I didn't realize that about the 41-42 armament. Glad I read this before assembling my Japanese.