Hing Fat 54mm WW2 Chinese Nationalists

This week’s Hing Fat figure samples on the painting table are … WW2 Chinese Nationalists

WW2 Chinese Nationalist troops are an unusual choice of figure for a maker to choose, although not so strange when you consider that these Hing Fat figures are marked on the base “Made in China”.

Presumably they are designed to oppose the Hing Fat WW2 Japanese range, backed up by the WW2 Australians?


Chinese WWII uniforms and equipment were very varied, they used any available German, US, French and British material. I found a few clues and images online on Wikipedia and other sources.

Not sure of the image source or illustrator here on this website



All that remains to do is a gloss spray varnish as suits their simple paint scheme.

Previous Hing Fat 54mm figure samples from Peter Evans (who sells on eBay at Figsculpt) include WW2 French, WW2 Italians and WW2 Russians which you can see painted here at:


The set has possible conversion potential – those in the British helmets could be some form of Indian troops?

I was surprised to see an illustration from the mid 19th century 1860s of Japanese troops with similar headgear. This Pinterest sourced image appears to be from an Osprey Men at Arms 530 book – looks interesting – https://ospreypublishing.com/store/military-history/series-books/men-at-arms/japanese-armies-1868-1877

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN, 3/4 May 2021

Author: 26soldiersoftin

Hello I'm Mark Mr MIN, Man of TIN. Based in S.W. Britain, I'm a lifelong collector of "tiny men" and old toy soldiers, whether tin, lead or childhood vintage 1960s and 1970s plastic figures. I randomly collect all scales and periods and "imagi-nations" as well as lead civilians, farm and zoo animals. I enjoy the paint possibilities of cheap poundstore plastic figures as much as the patina of vintage metal figures. Befuddled by the maths of complex boardgames and wargames, I prefer the small scale skirmish simplicity of very early Donald Featherstone rules. To relax, I usually play solo games, often using hex boards. Gaming takes second place to making or convert my own gaming figures from polymer clay (Fimo), home-cast metal figures of many scales or plastic paint conversions. I also collect and game with vintage Peter Laing 15mm metal figures, wishing like many others that I had bought more in the 1980s ...

10 thoughts on “Hing Fat 54mm WW2 Chinese Nationalists”

  1. Years ago I did a lot of reading about Chinese armies of the 20th century, from Warlord to second world war. There were a lot of westerners who passed through the area, some selling arms
    I even put together quite a long article but it is tapped forever on Amstrad 3″ floppies


      1. A lot of German, but one chap sold licences to make Thompson submachineguns. Another comment was they made their own rifles using railway line as a source of steel (during the war) and line imported from Germany was preferred.

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    1. Surprised that there are not more, and more traditional Maoist cap wearing / looking Nationalist ones too, especially when you consider where lots of the plastics are made.


    1. That’s politics, that is. No Comment. (The Chinese secret service might be reading).
      Did I say Chinese WW2 Nationalists? I meant Eurasia vs Oceania vs East Asia.
      Big Brother is watching YOU!
      That is the joy of ImagiNations … their secret services are less worrying.

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  2. Somehow missed this post, note to self…
    Interesting figures with loads of potential, they have come up really well. The 19th Century struggles between new and old in Japan are very interesting. I do like the film The Last Samurai which I saw for the first time relatively recently.


    1. I fear buying the Men At Arms Osprey may take me off on another tangent. Resisting …

      I have never seen this Last Samurai film due to a curious Tom Cruise allergy that I developed about 20 years ago.
      This also extends to the first three Star Wars films due to a similar, mysterious Ewan McGregor and Liam Neeson allergy.
      I think with so many unknown, unemployed actors and actresses in the world they should have a rule about familiar actors turning up, gurning around and ruining the make believe of such films with cameo roles.


  3. Nice post Mark, so both of us can now field some 54mm Chinese Nationalists 1930-40s. (Like Alan, I missed this post until you mentioned the link, strange!)


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