Nobody actually does any CWE miniatures in 10mm and I am indebted to Victor Pocilujko (GrumpyOldMan on TMP etc) for his very helpful advice on conscripting suitable figures from a variety of WW1 and other ranges.
The armies are based on the Northern Expedition 1926-1928 in which the southern National Revolutionary Army invaded and crushed the northern Fengtian/Ankouchon faction, and brought the Warlord era to an end.
The Southerners were distinguished by caps similar to those worn by the British and Russians in WW1 while the Northerners had more of a 'pork pie' version similar to that worn by the Japanese at the time of the Russo-Japanese War.
Getting all the packs I needed has generated quite a lot of surplus figures. The overs may go towards Balkan War, British 1914, Mexican Revolution, Russian Civil War and/or Colonial projects.
I had expected to make some compromises in recruiting Chinese Warlord armies from substitutes, but I'm now quite satisfied that thanks to Victor the figures I've accumulated are an excellent representation.
|Pithead Miniatures Korean War Chinese in Winter clothing. These will be used as the more elite Northern riflemen and assault troops.|
|Pendraken RP6 and RJ3 as the bulk of Northern troops. The RP6 officers will go to the Southerners.|
|Pendraken NW4 and NW5 as bandits fighting for the Northerners. I won't be using the figures with shields or muskets.|
|Pendraken RA8 Afghan cavalry will make good Mongol cavalry for the Northerners.|
|Pendraken BP1, BP41, RP1 and SCW33 as Southern riflemen. Some of these may get short trousers modelled with Green Stuff.|
|Pendraken SCW32 as Southern riflemen, SCW34 as Southern assault troops and SCW35 as Southern officers.|
|Pendraken VM2 and VM3 as peasant recruits to the Southern army.|
|Pendraken RP2 (Southern HMG), RP3 (Southern cavalry) and ME19 as a Southern Austin-Putilov armoured car.|