· wave man TDY staff
An outfit called War Story is apparently going to release an early China campaign Japanese Army machine gunner.
Listed as Japanese Army - Taisho Gunner Songhu (WS001), it has appeared in the pre-order section at Monkey Depot, tho the price is yet to be announced. I didn't have any luck searching for the company itself.
The parts list follows:
Head carving x1
military uniform x1
army cap x1
fur boots x1 (I believe this may be meant to convey that they are "rough out" boots.)
lunch box x1
Shovel cover x1
steel helmet x1
Leather belt x1
army blanket x1
Mess kits x1
Type 11 light machine gun
Clamp pack x2
Hand type x4
There's gallery of photos featured here.
Since every good onesixther can readily come up with both praise and complaint, here's mine:
I like the early war approach, as well as his Type 11 light machine gun. I'm hoping they will follow on with a rifleman. The helmet has a single leather chin strap, unlike any of the elaborate chin ties usually seen. I'll have to dig thru my refs, but that bit feels wrong. I wish they had given him a coat, and even a pile cap, but, again , that might come later. Cold weather warfare was a part of the fighting in that long, bloody conflict.
Other than DiD, IJA figures have been pretty thin in the hobby. I will be interested to see how this one does, and if there is a follow on.