OK, third WW2 infantry battalion finished . . . or so I thought!
Close on the heels of my recently finished WW2 Japanese infantry battalion is a Netherlands East Indies Army (KNIL) infantry battalion. Three rifle companies, each represented by seven riflemen and a light machine gunner, plus a machine gun platoon and an HQ, for a total of 30 figures! Unlike the already-completed Russian and Japanese battalions, the Dutch one doesn’t have its own indirect fire support capability.
It was only when I counted up the Dutch figures that I still had left to paint that I found I had two too many, and that was because I hadn’t painted the two single figures who accompany the two-man MMG team! Anyway, although not shown in the photos, the two missing figures have now been painted!
As has been mentioned in a few posts, my Dutch infantry were predominantly converted from Airfix Italians back in the 80s (although I think one of the LMG gunners is an ESCI French infantryman), tidied up to fit in with the way I currently paint, and with some metal SHQ and Early War Miniatures figures added to make the numbers up! I was a bit loathe to part with the converted Airfix Italians, since I remember being really pleased with my skill at adding plasticene to their heads to make something resembling the Dutch steel helmet! I think I could probably count properly then as well! Doh!