Sunday, May 26, 2013
Copplestone Castings - Chinese Armed Bandits - The Honghuzi..
Having finished the main Russian and Japanese Troops for the RJW Project (at least until the next order arrives), I thought I would paint up some Honghuzi or Chinese Bandits, I had a bunch of these from a back of beyond project that never took off, but they are perfect for the RJW albeit fractionally larger than the Tsuba miniatures, but once based there is little to tell the difference.
During the Russo-Japanese War, the Honghuzi took advantage of the conflict to carry out attacks against Russian forces. The Japanese had in their employ Chang Tso-lin, a famous Honghuzi leader who led his men against the Russians, given the treatment the Chinese population received at the hand of the Russians it was relatively easy to recruit armed men to harry the Russian forces.
It is believed that more than 10,000 of these bandits were operating in Manchurian area, divided into companies of from 200 to 300 each led by Japanese officers in the pay of Japan.