Korean War

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hammurabi70
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Korean War

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I am planning a Korean War project at the club. My preferred size is 6mm and my normal supplier is Heroics & Ros. H&R have told me that they do not currently have adequately accurate figures for this, for which I would need to use the WWII ranges. Irregular Miniatures do post-war period generic armies, which would seem to be on a par with the H&R offering. Is there a supplier out there who does 6mm Korean War troops that I have overlooked? I have also checked 2mm/3mm without finding anything appropriate.

On the assumption that I need to look elsewhere I have in mind shifting to the Pendraken collection, which provide good coverage with excellent figures but are a larger scale. A number of points arise.

The Korean campaign was distinct between summer and very cold winters. The manoeuvre section of the war was in the early part of the war and the latter part of the war was mainly static linear defence warfare. The UN forces seem to have been limited in the provision of winter attire, especially during the first winter, so it would seem reasonable to have them in standard uniform. The Chinese intervention was principally in winter weather so it might seem logical to have them in winter clothing. This presents a dilemma. Is it sensible to have one army in summer gear and one in winter gear? With all Korean troops available in summer uniform only, the temptation must be to use summer uniform universally. Obtaining troops in BOTH summer and winter clothing is NOT an option!

Having chosen the figures the next query is which uniform colour from the range of Vallejo paints. With five different armies there will be a need for five different colours. Which is the right one for each army?

South Korean: ?
USA (summer): VAL 889 Olive Drab?
British (tropical): VAL 866 Grey Green?
North Korean: VAL 879 Green Brown?
Chinese (summer): VAL 954 Yellow Green?
Chinese (winter): ?

Then there is the issue of colours for vehicles too. For the British I gather VAL897 Bronze Green would be right. What about other armies?

Observations, suggestions and recommendations would be welcome.
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Hammurabi70,

There is Scotia Grendel. I bought some of their armour / aircraft years ago, but they do infantry too, but WW2 and modern like this link to Chinese (no photos I can see) and no Korean War specifically see https://www.shop.scotiagrendel.com/inde ... 23_148_179

In 6mm I cant recall any other than Irregular & Ros&Heroics, in that scale WW2 Chinese, Japanese, USA etc would be hard to distinguish from Korean uniforms?

In 10mm you have the Pendraken Korean range which is extensive see https://pendraken.co.uk/post-war/korean-war/

Or there is 1/285 like https://www.ghqmodels.com/ but I dont know of any Korean War range, one to check there or at other 1/285 sites noted here
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The WWII H&R US and British infantry would work fine, but there are no subs for the Chinese or NK. You dont have the small RCL, but the generic Scotia one would pass for the 105 (no got M nos to hand) There are no subs for the M46, but visually it looks like the M26 in 1/300th. GHQ do a Cent 3, and I think H&R have one with the "A" barrel as well so that would be fine.

Check Irregular, they do do a Veitnam range and the NVA troops are surprisingly good, so there may be Chinese in there list somewhere.
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Good thinking Ian.
There isnt a Chinese in the Vietnam, but MAF60 Chinese Infantry (3) in their moderns range, along with some generic figures as below:
MAF38, Generic Infantry advancing in peaked cap (3)
MAF39, Generic Infantry firing in peaked cap (3)
MAF40, Generic MG and crew in cap (3)
MAF41, Generic Mortar and crew in cap (3), and
MAF42, Generic HQ/Radio operator in cap (3) and this may be useful too
MAF88, MIG 15

in their WW2 they do
WWTO6, Chinese Infantry and
WWTO7, Chinese Cavalry, and
a lot of Japanese and others

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Many thanks; hadn’t thought of Scotia. Good ideas there but I have already acquired some of the excellent Pendraken range for the moment; currently I am grappling with the joys of learning about painting 10mm/1-150th scale.
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Thats a good choice, got US and Chinese from Pendraken.
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