Freitag, 28. Dezember 2012

Regimental numbers of the Japanese (line) infantry

First of all, a belated Merry Christmas to everyone! I hope you had a nice and stress-free time.

As promised, here's a compilation of the regimental numbers of the Japanese (line) infantry. I'm sorry, it took so long! 
The Japanese pattern consisted of (from left to right) two kanjis for term 'regiment', one to three kanjis for the actual regimental number and another three kanjis for 'infantry'.
I've included the numbers for up to the 64th regiment as the 65th was founded in 1906 and thus definitely too late for the Russo-Japanese War.(Although I doubt the last few on the list saw much, if any, action during the RJW.)

I've asked Simon to use the 39th and the 40th regiment as the role models when painting the Japanese standard bearers. These two regiments formed the 8th Infantry Brigade and were part of the 10th Division (The Iron Division). They saw  action during the Battle of Liaoyang (among others), just like the Russian regiments that we used as role models for our painted example.

The kanjis on the list are, of course, computer fonts. The real ones must have look slightly different, so please feel free to use the list just as a general guide line!

Here's an example where one can just make out the kanjis. It is a photo of the 80th infantry regiment flag: 十八第兵歩

Another example, this time not an actual flag but a commerative sake cup showing the flag of the 4th infantry regiment with the number 第兵歩 just beneath it:

(Photo from ebay-seller saintjohn2011.)

Sonntag, 9. Dezember 2012

Liebster Blog Award

A 'Thank you very much!' to Nick from Moiterei's bunte Welt, who has nominated Tsuba Miniatures for the 'Liebster Blog Award' (Favourite Blog Award)!

I have to admit, that I wasn't aware of the 'Liebster Blog Award' before. (Shame on me!) It is a great initiative to spread the word on your favourite blogs, that aren't that well known already. The miniature hobby is one of those hobbies with a nearly unmanageable number of great blogs, some of which are unfortunately spending their virtual life in the shadows. And that is where the 'Liebster Blog Award' comes into play. 

Here are the rules:
- "Copy and paste" the award on your blog, and talk about it a bit.
- post a link back to the blogger who gave you the award
- Select for the award your five favourite blogs with less than 200 followers, leaving a comment on one of their post to notify them that they have won the award. You need also to list them in your own blog.
- Enjoy the moment, knowing that you have just made someone's day.
- Of course, there is no obligation to pass the award, but it is a good deed really.

And here is my choice of five blogs following these rules (in no particular order and of course not the only ones, which deserve a nomination):  Nigel's (of Anglian Miniatures fame, now available from Empress Miniatures) blog  is basically just a 'regular wargaming' blog, but a great one indeed! I especially enjoy his posts about WIP-work he is doing on various vehicles like the 28mm patrol boat for a Vietnam game. On his blog Oliver not only shows some great painted Samurai and Medieval Knights but also the sculpting and WIPs of the miniatures as he sculpts them all himself! A very nice blog focusing on the 'Dreispitz' era (surprisingly...), which I really like the look of (especially the seemingly endless ranks of drilled soldiers) but can never bring myself to paint in the requried quantities. Mike als started his own line of 28mm miniatures of Austrians for the SYW. A mad man doing mad projects. ;-) (Just follow the links/pictures on the right side to the various projects.)  Finally another wargaming blog, this time from Iain (Flags of War), focusing on the FIW and (A)VBCW. He not only knows how to design a flag but also to paint miniatures and put up a great game.

Again, this list is by no means complete but just a small insight on all the great blogs available.