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One thing I'm thinking would be to pick up a couple valkyries, paint a Divine Wind (kamikaze) symbol on there, and make a special rule (to use with friends) about crashing into enemy units to hurt them. What else could I do?
Discipline in the Japanise army was very high, so Commissars would be a good choice for them. Also Gyukusai attackers (I probobly spelled that wrong) attacked with knives trying to get a 'glorious death', even when ammunition and guns were available.
Also the Japanise fought mainly on the eastern front, where there was a less perminant front line than the trenches in the west. Many battles on the eastern front included calvalry divisions, and Japan had calvalry in their forces too.
So Rough Riders, Commissars and Gyukusai fighters (Penal Legion would be the best fit).
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Well he said WWII not WWI, not really trench warfare anywhere. The Japanese had sub par tanks so you could take things like Hydras or Exterminators. Maybe give your infantry sergeants meltabombs. Not really affective but it would work well with using them to suicide charge armor with bombs like they used to.
I'm pretty sure there was quite a lot of flame weaponry in the pacific theatre, although I'm not certain whether it was on both sides. A lot of the action Japan was involved in was jungle fighting or sea combat around islands.
Valks/vends dont really fit the era at all in my opinion, they're pretty much helicopters 'spaced-up.' But applecookie is right, their armour wasn't all that great so the lighter tanks are the order of the day.
I'm not overly certain as to what other units would be transferable really, its quite a hard theme really...
dude thats cool i made a WWII 500 point list for a hobby tourny once, it was supposed to be a detachment of pattons troops under the temporary command of bradly his second in command in africa fighting the nazi's under rommel. i used veterans for troops ,a command squad, and a leman russ battle tank, the vets had foward sentries because of that one scene in patton in which he ambushed rommel's armoured division and pretty much wiped it out!! it was a pretty cool list, i think you would be better off using guard platoons instaed of vets. though. hydras, mortar teams , leman russ, and mabye if you can convert a baslisk to a medusa then make it look weatherbeaten and camoflaged that would look cool! i am thinking of creating a vietnam style army for the next hobby tourney this summer but anyway for your special weapons japan was known for using snipers and heavy machine guns as well as cannons that resemble autocannons in effect. put vets in the valkaries with demolitions that will give you good anti tank power.
anyway hope my advice helps and good luck!!!!!
Well lets look at where the Japanese fought.
First you have china, these would be fairly standard infantry forces backed up by light tanks (sentinels perhaps?) and cavalry.
Malaya/Singapore Light infantry forces supported by overwhelming air superiority, handful of light tanks but mainly infantry.
Island Garrisons- Dug in infantry backed up by artillery so lots of ifnatry platoons with heavy weapon squads and a couple of basilisks.
What not to include. Heavy tanks, transports of any kind, storm troopers.
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Japanese cavalry is almost entirley a myth- thats all the way through history- let alone ww2.
If I was building a fully fluffed up Jap force I would start with
Company command squad
Lord Commissar(who would join veterans)
a few squads of 10 vets with camo gear, grenade launchers+heavy flamer.
2 units of 50 conscripts with commissars and flamers
minimal units of guardsmen with just flamers or grenade launchers and possibly grenades.
heavy weapons teams with autocannons and/or heavy bolters.
Sadly behond that you start to get very limited. You could bend history abit to include
Basalisks, manticores, rough riders, possibly even a vendetta. You could even push a chimera for your ccs.
Great idea btw
Snipers too. The Japanese were famous for tying themselves up in trees so they couldn't run when they got shot at.
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I believe Penal Legion Squads to be a good fluffy choice. There is no need to model them after convicts and criminals. You can have them as your fearless, Bushido trained Bansai-chargers fanatically loyal Infantrymen.
At least, something like that is what I actually do...
Priests and Commissars could be a fine idea and remember, many Japanese soldiers thought of the Sniper Rifle similar to a 'long-range Katana strike', they utilised Kendo and Iaido techniques and philosophy...the patience, the discipline, the one-shot...one kill! Sharp and calculating...the Japanese way.
Primarily famed for the imperial Navy, you could have a Valkyrie or a Vendetta and paint them with your Homeworld's symbols or Rising Suns and as far as i know, Japanese Armour Divisions were somewhat limited in both quality and quantity, though I think they did have some innovations like Diesel Engines...(am I wrong here? I apologise) Thus you should restrict and limit your Leman Russ options.
I have been thinking of the HARAKONI Warhawks as somewhat Anime...maybe the sound of the name, the Carapace-Armoured Infantry, deep striking and daredevil...and even had this instict that GW would have 'Samurai-sed' these Carapace Armours and fix some Katana shaped CCW and release them as the Anime Guardsmen