|After taking this picture I realized I hadn't filled a couple of joints with Milliput. Oops moment.|
I know that one of my regular readers, who is also a Beta reader, has been waiting a while to see what I'd do for the Chinese forces armor suits or kuijia (assuming the translation I found is right?), which appear in the first novel. Well here they are at last. I've made up eight of the Dream Pod 9 Golems as a Direct Action Squad or bán, as it would be called in Chinese. So what you see above is the platoon command squad.
I've used the Heavy Gear Alpha and Beta squad miniatures with a small amount of reposing and minor modifications to meet my needs. I have another couple of packs to make up, and I plan to modify them slightly more – as in reposition the arms and legs. However, it has to be said that these are one piece castings, and I may have to accept I won't get as much variety as I would like.
|L to R: trooper, Shàowèi (Lieutenant), Missile, and support trooper.|
I've assumed that each squad would form two teams of four, and I've given each team one missile support suit with a grenade launcher. The lieutenant's fire team has a support trooper with what I imagine would be something equivalent to a M249 SAW, while the sergeant's team has a heavy weapons gunner, which I imagine would be their equivalent of a Browning M2. This is not as far as I'm aware Chinese practice, but it seems sensible. However, my research suggest that Chinese are not known for their tactical flexibility, and are historically are known for using larger formations.
The standard organization would be three bán to a platoon, which are called a pái. Three pái make up a company, called a lián.
|L to R: Trooper, missile, Zhongzhi (Sergeant), and heavy weapons gunner.|
Of course as this is my universe, and given it's set sixty year in the future, then what I says go. But I'm having second thoughts, and I may make the missile carrying suit the assistant squad leader and swap figures around when I make up the next lot of miniatures. If anyone knows better about current Chinese military practice or aspirations then please let me know.