Wonderful job OneZero! Your figure of a filipino soldier has the look which has thus far been missing in most onesixth figs and reenactments which I've see......the realism of dirt, filth, and lice during wartime.
Is it possible to put "sweat marks" round the armpits and back?
Post by legionnaire on Jun 30, 2006 22:43:41 GMT -5
Enlistedman, Philippine Commonwealth Army 1930's 1st Division
The 1st regular “Tabak” ( Bolo/dagger) division of the Philippine Army was activated on 18 June 1936. Formally organized on 5 May 1936 in Camp Murphy, Philippines as the nucleus of the Philippine Commonwealth standing army. It was initially and mostly filled by regular troops from the Philippine Constabulary personnel and later strengthened in 1941 when war loomed in the pacific region.
Apparently, the 1st and only "Regular" PA Division "Tabak" became something of a "showpiece" which Philippine President Manuel L. Quezon used during the pre-war years to demonstrate that he was doing his best to bolster the defenses of the Philippine Islands impeding Japanese aggression. So from 1939 up to the outbreak of the war, this "Regular" Philippine Army division did parades and demonstration maneuvers to show to the press of that time.
The only notable "action" the 1st ID did was to send off a detachment to fight the Moros in Mindanao. according to the historian, Rico Jose in his book "The Philippine Army, 1935-1942"........
"In late March of 1937 a Muslim band operating from cottas (forts) ambushed some soldiers on patrol. The result was a long campaign launched by the army to crush the forts, some of which were linked together by underground tunnels. Col. Miguel Nicdao, district commander for Mindanao, was given carte blanche by Jorge Vargas and was authorized to use the mailed fist to deal with the recalcitrant Muslim band, but the Muslim rebels, familiar with the terrain, were able to slip out after suffering some losses. A unit of the First Regular Division in camp Murphy was shipped out to Lanao to aid the Constabulary division's troops; machine guns and mortars were used in this, the (Philippine Commonwealth) army's first major combat operation."
The division was inducted into the United States Armed Forces in the Far East and prominently figured in the Bataan and Corregidor campaigns during the Second World War. The First 'Regular" Division's personnel were largely parceled off to bolster deficiencies in other units, particularly the reserve divisions of the Philippine army. The Tabak division never fought as a single division strengthened unit during the 1941-42 Philippine campaign. So it was as detachments of the division or individual members of this division serving after transfer to other units did people "from" this division gain any distinction.
Reactivated as a Combat Ready Division on 1 October 1957, absorbing 25 Battalion Combat Teams that carried the brunt of the anti-Huk campaign in the 50’s. It served under the United Nations Command during the Korean War and trained AFP elements composing the PhilCAG sent to Vietnam. It played a vital role in anti-insurgency campaigns in Central Luzon and Cagayan Valley in the 1960s. It was deployed in Sulu, Basilan and Tawi-Tawi during the outbreak of the Muslim secessionist movement in 1973 and continues to be the guardians of peace in western Mindanao up to the present.
Excellent figure as usual my "blood sausage" eating friend. For you I hereby award..........The TABAK song!
THE TABAK DIVISION SONG (in Pilipino)
Ang TABAK Division ng hukbo Tanod ng ating kalayaan Laging handa sa laban Sa kaaway ng ating bayan Ang bayani ng himagsikan ang TABAK syang panlaban Lusob na may kagitingan Magwagi sa digmaan
The TABAK Division AFP Guardian of our cherished liberty For battle always ready To fight all foes of our country Our heroes of those bygone days Fought the war with famed TABAK Onward with zeal and devotion We march towards victory.
I also though about it too but as far as I know no 1/6 manufacturer or customizer has made them. It has to be scratch built from different rifles loose parts. As I just acquired a 1/1 P14 303 cal and restored it. ;D
Yes Vic, I have studying to make a Moro Philippine scout infantryman. You read my mind. Will be next in line. Salamt for enjoying my figure. There is one that I am trying to study were a US Officer is doing an inspection of them in dress uniform.
Post by pedroscollection on Jul 10, 2006 0:34:59 GMT -5
My good friend Philips is already a 2 time 1st place champion of 1/6th figure! And the best thing about this is that, his entry are both Filipino Soldiers. The 1st was the 26th WWII Cavalry & the latest is this Katipunero Cavalryman.
Indeed he is a very talented & great scale modeler artist & a very good promoter of Filipino Values & Nationalism.
We are waiting for you to post the link you made regarding the 26th Cav.
By the way, I'm sorry I cannot post photos here of my work to share with you since the system in my company has no capability to do it. The old works & photos are shown on my website at www.pedroscollection.com. Some of my newer works are posted in some photos on the Buhay na Kasaysayan yahoo site at groups.yahoo.com/group/BNKasaysayan but I think you must register also.