First of all, Happy New Year to everyone!
My year started really well as I received a mail from Paul with photos of new greens for the RJW-Line this morning.
First up are the photos for the next Japanese set RJ-J04 Japanese Troopers, advancing:
These miniatures are meant to depict soldiers on patrol rather than during an assault as their charging comrades do. Therefore they don't have their bayonets fixed and they carry an extra piece of equipment a so called gassai-bukuro (the thing, that looks like a second bedroll or a rolled greatcoat), by western observers refered to as a 'cloth holdall'.
The gassai-bukuro is a sack made of cloth about 8.5 to 9" resp. 0.22 to 0.22 m wide and 6 to 6.5' resp. 1.83 to 1.93 m long. Both ends are open and it is sewn across in the middle (where it rests on the soldier's soulder) to form two compartments. It was basically used as a replacement for the bulky knapsack in the field, especially when on patrol duties and such.
Here are the next four dollies for future Japanese miniatures:
And, due to popular request, the first eight Russian dollies:
As you can see, the first sets will represent rather well equipted Russian units.