Wednesday 6 August 2014

Bolt Action: First to Fight... Last to be Manufactured?

You may have noticed that on occasion I have a rant or two about the less well represented nations in WW2 wargaming, most recently the Chinese. So it was pleasantly surprising to see that Warlord have released an interim Armies of China list for Bolt Action, whilst work is undertake on a more comprehensive list. Ok, they haven't released any miniatures but we can live in hope!

My interest in the Chinese has been rekindled by Twitter of all places. I'm not a great Tweeter and normally only use it for the football gossip, but I discovered that Peter Harmsen, author of Shanghai 1937: Stalingrad on the Yangtze, runs an account that provides news about the 1931-1945 Sino-Japanese conflict called China in WW2. He posts lots of interesting links and photos, some of which I've copied and posted below for interest.

Even if you are not a 'Twit', it's a resource well worth checking out (indeed there are some really interesting obscure military history ones on Twitter that are worth setting up an account just to follow).

Chinese motorcycle patrol 1940
Chinese soldiers using Hotchkiss M 1922 in AA mode
Chinese soldier with Czech-made ZB vz 26 machine gun
Chinese soldiers dismount M3 Half-track


  1. I was pleasantly surprised by it too. I've vaguely skimmed stuff about the Chinese in the past, but never seriously considered them, due to the paucity of figures and that I'm very choosy about figures anyway.

    It's a very interesting army all told and I'm sure when the full list is done, a very attractive one to collect!

  2. And I thought the Norwegian list was pretty left field.

    Good to see something less predictable.