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I would definitely buy Chinese troops, especially the communist forces. Give me a chance to make up some Curtis Kittyhawks as Flying Tigers.
Well you're in luck because Caesar have already made a great set of WW2 Chinese:
Sadly the Caeser set isn't that good. I bought some years ago since they were the only figures out there. The rifles were too thin and usually bent. I ended up throwing them away. With the fine sets Strelets are making now I would like to see them produce a new line in this range. Cappy
Till now, only Caesar released WW2 Chinese soldiers, but they are a mixtures of Nationalist and Communist figures.
There are different types of WW2 Chinese soldiers which manufacturers can explore:
1. Chinese Nationalist Central Army 1937-1941 - Most of the soldiers were equipped with locally made Mauser rifles wearing soft cap or German M35 Helmets. During the Battle of Shanghai 1937,the German trained divisions were wearing the M35, which the Chinese imported more than 400,000.
2. Chinese Warlords - There were few former warlords who pledged their loyalty to the central Government. Most wore the similar uniforms, but some of those closer to Vietnam border wore the French helmets.
3. Chinese communist - Most communist soldiers wore similar uniforms with the Nationalist but different insignia on their cap. (Part of WW2 Caesar Soldiers)
4. Local Guerillas - Most wore civilian clothes.(Part of Caesar WW2 Chinese soldiers)
5. Chinese Nationalist Elite Forces 1942-1945 - At the later stage of the war, the Chinese nationalist elite force start to received US supplies like M1 helmets and submachine guns.
#1 is a better representation of WW2 Chinese in my opinion. It will be cool to see more WW2 Chinese soldiers with M35 helmets......
While the Caesar set may have some merits trying to cover 1937-45 with a single set of figures for both Nationalist and Communist armies simply doesn`t do justice to the subject. Never mind the lack of heavy weapons such as mortars or Heavy machine guns in the set. As already mentioned room for at least 5 or even more Chinese sets from Strelets.
I would buy at least several of each Chinese Interwar/WW2 sets.
Not only me. My friend from http://figsy.blogspot.com/ also.
I am interested in more 1937-45 Chinese troops, too. Not sure they must be wearing the M35 helmet since these are so easy to find in 1/72 - alas with European faces under them