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Jan van der Laan
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Why do some of the Australian infantry pieces have a white coloured base? I presume the red coloured base of some of the Japanese infantry pieces indicate them as Imperial Guard units.
 
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Jeremy Blowers
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The WHITE COLOUR base units are DEFENSE VOLUNTEERS

They are controlled by the Australian player. They have a decent Defense roll but poor attack. Best for a holding a critical position, rather than part of a General offensive.

 
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Yik Lin
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Hi Jan van der Laan,
Great questions on the historical background of the units represented in Field Command: Singapore 1942.

Q1: Which unit does the white-based Australian infantry pieces represent?

A1: The white-based infantry represents elements of the Straits Settlements Volunteer Force (SSVF). They were poorly equipped but fought tenaciously and even resorted to hand-to-hand combat to hold their position. You can read more about them here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SSVF

Though not "white-based" in the game, the 1st Malaya Brigade (3 units in Pasir Panjang sector) were also so ferocious that the Japanese took punitive action in the area they held after the Fall of Singapore.

Historically, both units are not under Australian control. However, we made them so in the game for gameplay reasons.

Q2: Which unit does the red-based Japanese infantry pieces represent?

A2: You are correct. The red-based units are elements of the Japanese Imperial Guards. You can read more about them here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_Imperial_Guards

Historically, it is highly arguable whether they were any more effective than other Japanese infantry units. However, we made them so in the game for gameplay reasons.


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Barry Kendall
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Hi Yik Lin,

Your game looks very good and I hope to find a copy at "Cold Wars" this month.

The title suggests there may be more "Field Command" games in the future. Are you able to provide any information regarding that possibility?

Also, I'd be interested to learn why this particular campaign captured your interest and motivated you to design "Singapore '42." Thanks!

Edit: After an interesting private exchange, "S'42" is now ordered and on the way from FMG.
 
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