Although I have, for me, a reasonable number of painted Chinese Back of Beyond figures I haven't done any for years. When these came out just before Christmas, however, I knew that I had to get some for my Chinese warlord army.
It's a very small unit but then they were just bodyguards for the warlord Chang T'sung-chang. They were armed with Mauser automatic pistols, Da-Dao swords and bamboo lances. The Copplestone figures don't come with lances but Foundry do bamboo lances so I got them from there. At present Copplestone don't make a command pack so I chopped off one of the lancer's hands and replaced it with a hand holding a Mauser pistol from one of my Bolshevik command figures.
I actually had the relevant Osprey, Chinese Warlord Armies 1911-30, so painting reference was not a problem. The only issue, really, is that my existing Warlord army is the one of Wu Pei-fu, the bitter enemy of Chang T'sung-chang, so now I will have to paint a force for Chang. His provincial forces wore blue rather than the normal grey, grey-green or khaki so they might be a bit more interesting looking. I have four unpainted foot soldiers I have just based but have run out of the model filler I use on my bases, annoyingly. Off to Modelzone next week I think!