Our newest 16mm dice are designed to add some colour to the Pacific Theatre. Depending upon the reception, we may produce a pair of Nationalist Chinese dice later this year. Each die has a design on the ace. All other faces have pips.
The Japanese pair is the centrepiece of the series. The white die features a charging Japanese soldier with a katana (sword). The kanji, or script, to the right of him translates as “bushido.” Emblazoned on the bright-red die is the battle flag of the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA). The kanji below the flag means “rising sun.”
We also made a set of dice for the United States Marine Corps. Although the USMC made up a small part of the overall Allied commitment to the war in the Pacific, they star in numerous ASL scenarios. To date, Multi-Man Publishing has published four historical modules, studies, or mini campaign games for the USMC: Blood Reef Tarawa, Operation Watchtower ((Guadalcanal)), Hell’s Corner (Guadalcanal), and Suicide Creek (New Britain). The white die shows US Marines and a US Navy corpsman raising the US flag on Iwo Jima on 23 February 1945. We debated adding a date or other text, but thought that the image worked best on its own. The saffron (yellow) die is intended to mimic the official colours of the USMC: scarlet and gold. The design is a simplified version of the USMC globe and anchor. The text reads “Semper Fi.”