Friday, 9 November 2018

QRF 15mm Chinese Civil War range

Many years ago QRF produced a range of 15mm Chinese Civil War figures for the 1920-30's period sculpted by Steve Cooper. It is out of production  and will probably never see the light of day again.
Back in the 1990s I had a web page featuring the range but that disappeared along with Freeserve . I was recently contacted about the site so I decided to blog it for posterity.
A useful reference is the Osprey Men-At-Arms Chinese Civil War Armies 1911-1949 (Number 306).
Kuominchun Dare-to-Die Assault company

The range covered a selection of Warlord Cliques. For no particular reason the armies are Fengtien (red/white arm band) and Kuominchun Clique (black with white circle armband)

The Fengtien Clique was based in Manchuria so I used mainly Northern Troops with some Southern Troops as a variation. The force also has allied Chihli Clique troops
Fengtien Infantry company
Fengtien Dare-To-Die Assault Company
Fengtien HMG Company
Fengtien Mortar Company

The crews are from Peter Pig's WW1 range and include my first attempts at head-swaps
The mortars are from Peter Pig's AK47 range

Fengtien Infantry company 
Chihli Dare-To-Die Assault Company

The Kuominchun Clique was based in Western China and for which I used Southern and Neat Troops.
Kuominchun Infantry Company

Kuominchun Dare-to-Die Assault Company
Kuominchun HMG company

The 2 bases on the left are from Peter Pig's WW1 and SCW ranges

The 2 bases on the right are from CF1 ,Chang-Tso-Lin, Frank One-Arm Sutton and assorted important bods, & CF2, 'Dogmeat' General and Concubine.

Of course no self-respecting Warlord would dream of going into battle without the latest in 20th Century technology
Peter Pig's WW1 Staff Car 
Miniature Figurines' WW1 Lorry 
Miniature Figurines' Model T ford
QRF Armoured Truck 
Mini-Figs Rolls Royce Armoured Car 
Mini-Figs Daimler 5.7cm Flak, Panzerkraftwagen (modified) 
FT17 - not sure of manufacturer

The QRF range was comprised of the following

CG1Northern Soldiers (Fengtien)
CG2Southern Soldiers (Any)
CG3Northern Assault Troops (Fengtien)
CG4Boy Soldiers (Any)
CG5Northern Cavalry (Fengtien)
CG6Southern Cavalry (Any)
CG7'Neat' Soldiers (Chihli, Kuominchun)
CG8Dismounted Northern Cavalry (Fengtien)
CK1Feng Yu-Xiang and Kuominchun Generals
CK2Kuominchun Assault Troops
CK3Kuominchun Line Soldiers
CK4DWM 1909 MG with Crew x 3
CC1Wu Pei-Fu and Chihli Generals
CC2Chihli 'Tin Hat' Assault Troops
CC3Chihli 'Tin Hat' Line Soldiers
CC4Chihli Assault Troops
CC5Chihli DMW 1909 MG and Crew x 3
CF1Chang-Tso-Lin, Frank One-Arm Sutton and assorted important bods
CF2'Dogmeat' General and Concubine, Executioner and victims, 3 x Guards
CF3Mukden Lancers
CF4Browning LMG and Crew x 3
CF5Maxim MG and Crew x 3

There were some really nice touches in this range such as infantry with goggles and boy soldiers but the range does show it's age now.

Unsurprisingly I still have a pile of lead waiting to be painted

I do play with them occasionally using AK47 version 1 rules

The troops in peaked hats would do very nicely for the Mexican Revolution

Finally this army is my claim to war-gaming fame as it appeared on the cover of Miniature Wargames #262

My thanks to Barnaby for making me do this.

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