I played one game of Bolt Action in the setting and didn't do anything more with it. Given I only have a section per side, and I am using the "DH: Point Blank" rules that only require a section per side, it might be time to kick this one back in to action.
Like with all my alternative history settings, I like to base it as close to actual history as I possibly can.
To this end, I am using the following actual history for my back ground:
In the 1880's until the end of WW1, China and Germany had very close ties, and China was getting help from Germany to modernise the country. This went a little pear shaped during WW1, and it wasn't until 1926 that things were getting back on track between the two countries, with German military trainers arriving the train the Nationalist Party of China.
This really kicked up a notch when the Nazis came to power in 1933 and started training and supplying China with training and equipment in a much bigger scale.
The Finance minister of China and Kuomintang official H.H.Kung and two other Chinese Kuomintang officials visited Germany in 1937 and were received by Adolf Hitler.
Kung visited Hermann Göring on June 11 and Göring told him he thought Japan was a "Far East Italy" (referring to the fact that during World War I Italy had broken its alliance and declared war against Germany), and Germany would never trust Japan. Kung asked Göring "Which country will Germany choose as her friend, China or Japan?", and Göring said China could be a mighty power in the future and Germany would take China as friend.
With these points in mind I can start to weave a bit of alternative history in to the back ground.
Historically, the Nationalists fought wars against the Communists and Warlords in China.
In the alternative history, the warlords and communists were defeated and the nation united (except for maybe a small communist area close to Russia... just to allow for some future fun and games from that area).
If this unification was done sooner rather than later, China would have the ability to modernise and build a very large army before the events leading up to WW2.
Now, with such a large army and wanting avenge military humiliation at the hands of Europe and Japan from the 1800s onwards, China starts to flex its muscles and invade other nations for their natural resources to provide for their ever expanding modernisation.
The Sino-Tibetan war of 1930-1932 would make an ideal jump off point for this aggression.
The big question is what to do with Japan in this alternative history.
Do I treat them like Britain - Japan could have its own Dunkirk as it is kicked out of Korea?
This would put them on the back foot as they prepare to defend Japan from Chinese aggression. The main focus for Japan could be keeping their borders safe and conducting their own "Battle of Britain" as it were preventing China from launching it's own "Operation Sealion" against Japan.
With no Japan as the main antagonist, there would be no Pearl Harbour, so no major involvement from the US, although China would invade the Philippines, but would that be enough to galvanise the American nation in to declaring war?
Following the occupation of Korea, the other Asian nations bordering China would go next Southeast Asia and South Asia soon after that.
This would give control over most of the areas Japan held during WW2.
Britain, and thus Australia, are drawn in to the conflict when Singapore is captured.
With most of Asia under China's control, Australia and the Pacific would be next in line for conquest.
Military Developement - the big factor
As Nationalist China was equiped by Germany, including weapons, tanks and planes, it wouldn't be too hard to see early war German equipment in a game set in this alternative history.
The question is, does China keep getting German support in the form of blueprints and new technology during the war?
This is probably the most practicle way to game this conflict, so as to make for some games with a lot more gear to play with.
Wargaming the War
Unfortunately, there isn't a large range of WW2 era Chinese figures to use for this alternative history.
Brigade Games makes some 28mm Chinese Nationalists, some of which I have, and I can add WW2 German equipment in the form of tanks and trucks to the game easily enough.
Eureka miniatures does some 15mm Chinese, but again, it isn't a large range. Eureka do make some lovely Australians, Gurkhas and early war US figures that would be great to game with though.
The only other company that I know of that makes WW2 Chinese is Reiver Casting, who at least make some suport weapons in the form on mortars and HMGs. They also make artillery crew, so I could add German artillery or AT guns to the game.
At the moment I have a section of Australians and Chinese to start playing with, and I could easily switch to using Eureka Miniatures 15mm range.
At squad level plus some support weapons etc, 15mm wont break the bank, and I can play in smaller areas.