New Collectors Showcase – July Releases

June 26th, 2016

Roman Collection



Roman Collection

Union Cavalry – Michigan Brigade




Union Cavalry – Michigan Brigade

Napoleonic – British Royal Horse Artillery




Napoleonic – British Royal Horse Artillery

Masterworks Collection




Masterworks Collection

New John Jenkins Releases – July 2016!

June 26th, 2016

jjDESIGNS 10th ANNIVERSARY – Jacobite Rebellion


For JULY we continue the 10th Anniversary celebrations, with the second Jacobite “BOOSTER/STARTER” Set!
This set will only be offered for sale until the end of JULY, or until stock runs out.



Jacobite Rebellion 1745

jjDESIGNS 10th ANNIVERSARY


The first range produced by jjDesigns was The Battle on the Monongahela Series. This mainly consisted of the “luckless,” 44th Regiment of Foot.

The other British Line Regiment at Monongahela was the 48th Regiment of Foot.

The regiment was first raised in 1741 as James Cholmondeley’s Regiment of Foot in Norwich, England during the War of Austrian Succession.
The regiment first saw action at the Battles of Falkirk and Culloden in 1745-1746.
In 1748, it was renumbered as the 48th Regiment of Foot. The 48th took part in the French and Indian War, being part of General Edward Braddock’s ill-fated expedition of 1755.
They received their first battle honour in the Americas at the Battle of Louisburg, although the Regiment did not receive their due honour for this until 1882. The 48th was also part of General James Wolfe’s force at the capture of Quebec in 1759.

As a special 10th Anniversary Release, the 48th Regiment of Foot figures released in 2016, will be available at the original 2006 prices!

Three Line Infantry for the 48th Regiment of foot will also be produced in 2016, and will also be sold at 2006 prices! Command sets will be available in 2017, but will be sold at 2017 prices.



Battle of Monongahela, 1755

Interwar Aviation


The Interwar Aviation series covers aircraft that were developed and used between World War 1 and World War 2, and was known as the “Golden Age of Aviation.”

In the two decades between the end of World War 1 and the start of World War 2, military aviation underwent a complete transformation. The typical combat aircraft of 1918 was a fabric-covered externally braced biplane with fixed landing gear and open cockpits. Few aero engines developed as much as 250 horsepower, and top speeds of 200 km (120 miles) per hour were exceptional. By 1939 the first-line combat aircraft of the major powers were all-metal monoplanes with retractable landing gear.

Whilst on occupation duty at Nieuwied during the spring of 1919, several pilots of the 94th Aero Squadron, USAS, had their SPAD XIII’s repainted in colourful paint schemes. The American flag scheme was painted onto the SPAD XIII flown by Captain Reed Chambers. The wings and fuselage were painted in Red and white stripes, while the nose and empennage were blue with white stars. Although striking the pilots of the 94th Aero Squadron quickly found out that the performance of their planes suffered because of the extra weight of the paint needed to apply these extravagant colour schemes!



Inter-War Aviation Collection

Great War – British


**PLEASE NOTE THIS NOW COMPLETES THE GWB-50 SETS**



British Forces

Wheels across the desert



Egypt 1915

American Expeditionary Forces




American Expeditionary Forces

Raid on St Francis


Lacrosse has its origins in a tribal game played by eastern Woodlands Native Americans and by some Plains Indians tribes in what is now Canada.
The game began with the ball being tossed into the air and the two sides rushing to catch it. Because of the large number of players involved, these games generally tended to involve a huge mob of players swarming the ball and slowly moving across the field. Passing the ball was thought of as a trick, and it was seen as cowardly to dodge an opponent.
Lacrosse is one of the oldest team sports in North America. There is evidence that a version of lacrosse originated in what is now Canada as early as the 17th century
Traditional lacrosse games were sometimes major events that could last several days. As many as 100 to 1,000 men from opposing villages or tribes would participate. The games were played in open plains located between the two villages, and the goals could range from 500 yards ,to 6 miles apart!

There are traditionally three areas of scoring on the stickball pole. There is a mark, about chest high on the pole, and when scored above, awards one point. Contact below that point is not scored. The top half of the pole, well above arms reach, is worth two points when hit. The very top of the pole, usually embellished with a large figure of a fish, is worth three points. In recreational games, scoring is loosely kept, most times by the audience or a few players. Games typically reach around twenty points before concluding

Lacrosse traditionally had many different purposes. Some games were played to settle inter-tribal disputes. This function was essential to keeping the Six Nations of the Iroquois together. Lacrosse was also played to toughen young warriors for combat, for recreation, as part of festivals, and for the bets involved.




Raid on Saint Francis, 1759

Provincial Regiment


On July 6, 1757, the South Carolina Provincial Regiment was created by an act of the Assembly. The regiment was to be made up of 7 companies of 100 men each. The regiment was commanded by Lieutenant-colonel Probart Howarth. Howarth, a veteran of Braddock’s campaign, also held a commission as lieutenant in the Independent Companies.

”They have passed a Vote here for granting a Sum for raising 700 Men subject to the Orders & Disposal of Lord Loudoun, have put them on the same Establishment with our Troops, and have given your old Acquaintance Howarth the Command of Them, as Lieut. Colo. & Commandant of the So. Carolina Provincials.” (George Washington Papers (memory.loc.gov/), Captain George Mercer to George Washington, August 17, 1757.)

Each company was led by 1 captain , 2 lieutenants and 1 ensign. Each company also had 4 sergeants, 4 corporals and 2 drummers.

The regiment was also known as the Buffs, due to the facing colour of their uniforms. Men were only recruited with great difficulty, and by mid 1758 the regiment contained only about 550 privates. Attempts were made to fill up the regiment by enlisting vagrants.



Provincial Regiments 1759

Raid on St Francis


The 24-pounder was a common naval gun. It was the preferred “attacking” siege gun, as it hit hard, and the gun weight was still manageable.
The 18-pounder was the preferred “defensive” siege gun, similar in size with nearly the same range as a 24-pounder, but it saved on gun powder, which was nearly always a huge concern for whoever was being besieged.
The British had two 18-pounders at Fort William Henry, six more at Fort Edward. During the siege of Fort William Henry, the two 18-pounders “burst” from over firing.
Many of the larger mid- and late18th century ships were furnished with a mix of 24-pounders (middle deck) and 32-pounders (lower deck) with lighter guns on the upper deck.

At Fort William Henry, the British had two 32-pounders. Both these 32-pounders burst from over firing during the siege.
The 32-pounders at Fort William Henry beat off an attack by the French trying a “silent” capture” of the fort in March 1757.

With such heavy guns, we know the gun carriage was not a field gun carriage or even a siege gun carriage, but a ships gun/garrison carriage. These were easy enough to obtain off British naval vessels.

During the Siege of Louisbourg, the British navy loaned at least four 32-pounders for use with Wolfe’s siege batteries.

On July 11, 1759, the British Army opened two batteries at Point aux Peres opposite to Quebec. One consisted of six 32-pounders and other was formed of five 13-inch mortars. During the Siege of Quebec, the British Army fired 18,000 rounds from their 32-pounder batteries



Raid on Saint Francis, 1759

New King & Country June Releases!

June 5th, 2016

DAY OF DAYS, June 6, 1944


.US. Army Paratroopers have been a staple of K&C for many years … and this year is no exception. Our last release showed the men preparing to “load-up”
their C47’s before flying across the Channel and heading for their DZ’s in Normandy. This time, the men have successfully landed but are desperately
fighting on against repeated German counter-attacks all across the Norman countryside, towns and villages …



D-Day ’44

SOME SERIOUSLY HEAVY OPPOSITION !


It was in the fields and hedgerows of Normandy in June 1944 that many Allied troops first encountered German armour … Tigers, Panthers, Panzers of all sizes and descriptions appeared in those Normandy battles together with an amazing range of Self-Propelled Artillery and Tank Destroyers. Here is a particular one that, I believe, no other company has produced …yet!

That’s quite a mouthful … but no less deadly for it! This was a “Tank Destroyer” based on the highly successful Panzer IV chassis and built in three main variants.

As one of the casemate-style turretless Jagdpanzer tank destroyers it was developed contrary to the express wishes of General Heinz Guderian, Germany’s most famous armoured leader.

He believed that the already existing Sturmgeschutz III and IV models were more than adequate for the Army’s needs and this new development simply diverted valuable resources away from Panzer IV tank production!

Hitler and Speer over-ruled Guderian and the Jagdpanzer IV was put into production. The first production vehicles saw action in Normandy and later during the Battle of the Bulge. Many were also used on the Russian Front.

After the war small numbers of surviving L70’s served with the Romanian Army and even a few (6) fought with the Syrian Army against the Israelis during the “6-DAY WAR” OF 1967!

The K & C model comes complete with detachable “metal mesh” protective side skirts and a vehicle commander in the open top turret hatch.

Camouflage is in the muted 3-colour scheme adopted by many German vehicles from the mid war onwards.


German Wehrmacht

THE IMPERIAL JAPANESE NAVY … ON LAND !


By the first half of 1942 the Japanese military juggernaut had smashed its way to victory throughout South East Asia … Hong Kong had fallen first … then Malaya and Singapore … The Philippines followed as did the Dutch East Indies.
Across the Pacific in the island chains that connected their recent conquests the Japanese now began to build up their defenses knowing full well that the
Allies, particularly the Americans, would sooner or later strike back. The Imperial Japanese Navy rapidly began construction of dozens of airfields on
these distant islands as a first line of defence against any kind of attack from either land, sea or air. Among the aircraft selected to be deployed from these
land bases was their highly successful Mitsubishi A6M “ZERO” carrier-borne fighter.

  • JN016 — The Land-Based ZERO – This is K&C’s 4th version of Japan’s best known fighter aircraft … and the most popular. The green and black colour scheme is typical of the island –based A6M’s. As you can see the weathered and “battle-weary” ZERO has been exposed to the worst elements of the hot and humid climate of the South Pacific. However, the Zero was still, in the right hands, a formidable foe and packed a powerful punch. But it’s days were numbered soon bigger, better and more powerful opponents would take to the skies over the Pacific and this time the outcome would be very different … Note: Just 250 of this “The Land-Based ZERO” are being released.
  • JN017 — Lieut Hiroyoshi Nishizawa, Imperial Japanese Navy – Possibly Japan’s most successful Naval aviator. He claimed 87 enemy victories … Some sources even claim over 100! Early in 1942 he was flying over New Guinea before being moved to Rabaul and operating against the Americans who had just landed on Guadalcanal. In his first encounter he shot down two U.S. Navy “Wildcats” …more were to follow. By November 1942 his score stood at 40. After a training tour back in Japan he returned to active service in mid 1943 and by 1944 was flying in the Philippines. Sadly for him, he was shot down and killed while flying as a passenger in a transport aircraft over Mindoro Island on 26 October, 1944.
  • JN018 — Lieut J.G. Tetsuzo Iwamoto, Imperial Japanese Navy – Another of the Imperial Navy’s Leading Air Aces. Iwamoto first flew in combat in China in 1938 and was credited there with 14 victories. Subsequently, he flew A6M Zeroes from the IJN Carrier “ Zuikaku” beginning in December 1941 until May 1942, taking part in “The Battle of the Coral Sea”. In mid 1943 Iwamoto was sent to fly from Rabaul, New Britain where he remained until recall to help defend the Japanese home islands in mid 1944. By the end of the war he was credited with 94 “Kills” … His own personal diary accounted for just over 200. Our figure shows him checking his watch while holding a flight map and getting ready to climb aboard his “Zero”.
  • JN019 — Air Mechanic Crew Chief, Imperial Japanese Army – Although many of the land-based aircraft actually belonged to the Imperial Japanese Navy ground crew to service them were also drawn from the Army Air Force as well as the Navy. This Army NCO is carrying both his toolbox and an aircraft repair guide.
  • JN020 — Ground Crew Set #1, Imperial Japanese Army – As one senior mechanic cleans the oil off his hands the other takes a closer look to inspect the work.
  • JN021 — Ground Crew Set #2, Imperial Japanese Army – A kneeling armourer festooned with belts of machine gun bullets is joined by another hard at work on a repair.”
  • JN022 — Airfield Guard Officer, Imperial Japanese Army – This smartly-dressed young officer is armed with a “Nambu” pistol and the traditional “Samurai” Sword.
  • JN023 — Airfield Guard, Imperial Japanese Army – Two Japanese infantrymen in casual poses but standing guard and helping to keep the airfield and the aircraft secure.
  • JN024 — Petty Officer Toshio Ota, Imperial Japanese Navy – Ota flew alongside two other Imperial Japanese Navy air aces Saburo Sakai and Hiroyoshi Nishizawa with the Tainan Air Group. His first confirmed “kill” was a P40 “Warhawk” over New Guinea in April 1942. Over the next 6 months Ota downed an additional 33 American aircraft before being killed in a dogfight over Guadalcanal with U.S. Marine Corps “Wildcats” on October 21, 1942.


Imperial Japanese Navy

“THE PACT OF STEEL”

In May 1939, almost six months before the Second World War broke out Germany and Italy, the foremost Axis Partners, signed a pact that would seal their mutual destinies in the next few years. Although it eventually led to the death of
millions and the devastation of both their countries on the day in May 39 when it was signed all parties concerned were ‘beaming with pleasure’….. None more
so, than the two principal signatories ….

  • LAH199 — Hitler and Mussolini… Together – Over the years K&C has produced quite a number of automobiles associated with Hitler. Most recently we produced the Mercedes Benz 770 … Now we’re introducing another of the vehicles in the Fuhrer’s very public fleet … The Mercedes 540. Here, you see Hitler and Mussolini together in the 540 after having signed “ The Pact of Steel” earlier in the day. Both look very pleased with themselves … as well they might … for the moment . This set also includes a seated SS driver and has the two flags on the front of the 540. Those of Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany.
  • LAH200 — Count Galeazzo Ciano – As Italy’s dashing and stylish Foreign Minister Count Ciano was also IL Duce’s son-in-law. He along with the German Foreign Minister Von Ribbentrop were two of the other principal signatories to the pact. Although related to Mussolini by marriage that did not prevent him being executed for treason in 1944 after Mussolini’s fall from power. Our figure shows him in happier times.


Berlin’38 Leibstandarte

Robin Hood


  • RH007 — Maid Marian – Marian was the betrothed of the legendary outlaw of Sherwood Forest, Robin Hood. In reality she may have been a conglomeration of several females in Robin’s life. However, for both television and film audiences she has been “all rolled into one” and come out as the Lady Marian Fitzwalter, a beautiful woman of good family who just happened to fall in love with a dashing young archer who lives in the middle of a forest. In film she was most memorably portrayed by a very young and very pretty Olivia de Havilland.
  • RH008 — Alan-A-Dale – According to legend, Alan-A-Dale was a wandering minstrel who wandered into Robin’s band of “Merrie Men”… and joined them! In more modern times he was played by the very popular “Elton Hayes” in the Walt Disney film, “The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men” made back in 1952. Our K&C figure is closely modelled on the Elton Hayes interpretation of “Alan-A-Dale.”


Robin Hood

“GUARDING THE PONTIFF”


Anyone who has ever visited Rome must also see St.Peter’s Square and the
Vatican. If you have done so then you have probably encountered one of the oldest and most colourful military units in the world …. The Pontifical Swiss
Guard. Founded in 1506 these Swiss soldiers have provided security for the Pope himself and for the precincts of Vatican City for more than 500 years. Their
ceremonial uniform, as seen in our new figures, harks back to renaissance times. It was, at one time, suggested that the great painter and sculptor Michaelangelo designed them. Our four figures form a colourful little group that can be collected in multiples to form a beautiful display that is certainly a change from all the “blood, mud and grime” of some of our other series.

  • CE017 — Swiss Guardsman at Attention – Dressed in his best number-one ceremonial uniform this Guardsman holds the long halberd, a 2-handed pole weapon that came to prominent use in the 14th and 15th Centuries. He also wears the metal, front and back breastplate armour as well as the Spanish-style “Morion” helmet with the red crested ostrich feathers. By his side, like all other guardsmen, a sword.
  • CE018 — Swiss Guardsman Standing-at-Ease – Similarly dressed and armed as the first figure he adopts a slightly more relaxed pose.
  • CE019 — Swiss Guard Corporal Saluting – Again somewhat similar to the two previous Guardsmen but no breastplate only the sword and helmet for protection.
  • CE020 — Swiss Guard Musician / Trumpeter – In addition to their guard duties the Swiss Guard also have their own band of musicians who perform together or, in this particular case, solo. The small banner on the trumpet bears the coat-of-arms of the Pope.



Ceremonial

“HORIZON BLEU POILU”


A little something extra for collectors of our WW1 French Army.



France 1917

“MAKE YOUR OWN STATUES”


Last month we released some very useful stone plinths to help you build up
dioramas and displays … Well, if you’ve got the plinths you obviously need
some bronze statues to sit on top of them. Here are the first 3 … Another 6
will be released in the following months.



Diorama and Scenic Building Collection

New From Black Hawk

June 5th, 2016

Black Hawk City


Black Hawk continue their Western Theme with the fourth in the series of Western Buildings.


The Cowboys

New Calibre Wings

June 5th, 2016

Calibre Wings


A New Product Line called Calibre Wings which will be coming this Fall. They have been out in the past but only in 1:144 scale but now they have made the jump to the 1:72 scale and they will be coming out with 2 very detailed F-14 Tomcat’s.

Attached are some Images of what they will be releasing showing all of the detail that these birds will be coming with. These planes come loaded to the gills with everything you can think of and more. Each production run will only be 1,000 pieces worldwide. Their first 2 releases will be F-14B VF-103 Jolly Rogers Last Flight and the highly sought after F-14A VF-1 Wolf Pack.



Calibre Wings

John Jenkins Preview

June 5th, 2016

John released previews of some of his upcoming releases. Full details are expected to become avialable in the July and August newsletters.
Although not available to purchase yet, we hope you enjoy these upcoming releases.

Previewed at the London Toy Soldier Show on Saturday June 4th


Painted samples of the new, Royal Marine Light Infantry sets, which were previewed at the March London Toy soldier show. These will be available from August this year.



First Sudan War 1884 – 1885

Raid on St Francis


Prototypes of 6 new Woodland Indians playing Lacrosse. These will start to be available from August this year.



Raid on Saint Francis, 1759

War of the Roses


There were also painted samples of a few of the new WARS OF THE ROSES sets, which were also previewed at the March London Toy Soldier show. These will also start to be available from August this year.

  • HENRY TUDOR, and Lancastrian Knights


  • John De Vere, 13th Earl of Oxford, and Knight with Battle Standard.


  • John Howard, 1st Duke of Norfolk, and Knight with Personal Arms Banner.



Wars of the Roses 1455-1487

Knights of the
Skies


A new Albatros DIII, with 5 colour Lozenge Camouflage!
This will be available in August 2016.

  • ALBATROS DIII flown by Ltn. FRANZ RAY, of JASTA 49, in 1918.

This O.A.W. built Albatros was painted all black apart from the fin and rudder. The tailplane’s surfaces were black with two white stripes.
The wings were covered in five colour lozenge fabric.

The WW1 German lozenge patterns are some of the most interesting and distinctive camouflage schemes ever devised.
Lozenge camouflage was a military camouflage scheme in the form of patterned cloth or painted designs used by some aircraft in the last two years of World War I.
It takes its name from the repeated polygon shapes incorporated in the designs, many of which resembled lozenges.

In Germany it was called Buntfarbenaufdruck (multi-colored print) but this designation includes other camouflage designs such as Splittermuster and Leibermuster, and does not include hand-painted camouflage.
Some modern German sources refer to lozenge camouflage as Lozenge-Tarnung, as tarnung means concealment, cloaking or camouflage.

During the early stages of the Great War, the Germans were looking for a way to effectively camouflage the aircraft of the Luftstreitkräfte to inhibit enemy observation of the aircraft while it was in the air as well as when at rest on the ground. Large, irregular blotches with two or three colors were used on the upper surfaces of the wing which led to the development of the Buntfarbenanstrich, the lozenge camouflage made up of repeating patterns of irregularly shaped four-, five- or six-sided polygons. Because painting such a pattern was very time consuming, and the paint added considerably to the weight of the aircraft, the patterns were printed on fabric, and the fabric was then used to cover the aircraft. This printed fabric was used in various forms and colors from late 1916 until the end of the war.



Knights Of The Skies – WWI

Inter War


Whilst on occupation duty at Nieuwied during the spring of 1919, several pilots of the 94th Aero Squadron, USAS, had their SPAD XIII’s repainted in colourful paint schemes. The American flag scheme was painted onto the SPAD XIII flown by Captain Reed Chambers. The wings and fuselage were painted in Red and white stripes, while the nose and empennage were blue with white stars. Although striking the pilots of the 94th Aero Squadron quickly found out that the performance of their planes suffered because of the extra weight of the paint needed to apply these extravagant colour schemes!

  • IWA-04
    INTER-WAR AVIATION,
    SPAD XIII,
    94th AERO SQUADRON, USAS,
    NIEUWIED, GERMANY 1919,
    Lt. REED CHAMBERS



Inter-War Aviation Collection

New First Legion June Releases!

May 22nd, 2016

Battle of Agincourt Genoese Crossbows




Agincourt – French

Mass Battle British 80th Regiment of Foot


First Legion is extremely pleased to present our first expansion to our Mass Battle Series, the Anglo-Zulu War! As we have already done the 24th Foot, we have decided to create the 80th Foot for the Mass Battle Series. The 80th Foot took heavy casualties during the war and played a major role at the Battle of Ulundi, the final battle of the war which finally subjugated the Zulu nation. At this battle the 80th Foot made up the lead face of the large British Square formation and supported by artillery and Gatling guns were able to break the Zulus with withering gun fire and no warriors were ever actually able to make it to melee with the square formation.



Mass Battle British 80th Regiment of Foot

New John Jenkins June Releases!

May 22nd, 2016

INTER-WAR AVIATION


The Interwar Aviation series covers aircraft that were developed and used between World War 1 and World War 2, and was known as the “Golden Age of Aviation.”

In the two decades between the end of World War 1 and the start of World War 2, military aviation underwent a complete transformation. The typical combat aircraft of 1918 was a fabric-covered externally braced biplane with fixed landing gear and open cockpits. Few aero engines developed as much as 250 horsepower, and top speeds of 200 km (120 miles) per hour were exceptional. By 1939 the first-line combat aircraft of the major powers were all-metal monoplanes with retractable landing gear.

THE BOEING P-26A PEASHOOTER

The Boeing P-26 was the first all-metal monoplane mass-produced for the USAAC. The prototype first flew in 1932, and orders were placed for 136 aircraft. The initial order was delivered in June 1934 and, although it had only a short service life, it was to become one of the best known aircraft of the pre-war era.
All P-26 aircraft were withdrawn from front line service when WW2 began, for the USA in 1941. However some remained in service with the governments of Panama and the Philipines. One P-26 is credited with shooting down the first Japanese aircraft during attacks on the islands.
A small number of aircraft were sold to Guatemala and these were still in service there in 1955.

The 17th PURSUIT GROUP in 1935, consisted of the 34th, 73rd and 95th Pursuit Squadrons.

These Boeing P-26’s were the most decorated and famous aircraft of their era. The group developed a style of markings which still allowed each squadron to retain its own identity. The main features to the style were the large tapered fuselage flash repeated in reduced scale on the wheels spats, and scalloped trim to the headrest and leading edges of the fin and tail planes.

The 34th applied their markings in black and white.

The 73rd used red and yellow.

The 95th used blue and yellow.

Each squadron retained their own squadron insignia on the fuselage and carried large ID numbers on the upper decking and belly, the upper number being the individual aircraft number and the lower the squadron number.

These colourful P-26’s were sadly only in service with the 17th Pursuit Group for only a year, after which they were transferred to other groups.


The 73rd Pursuit Squadron was one of the three squadrons of the 17th Pursuit Group at this time. Their colour scheme applied red and yellow fuselage stripes, fin, tail, and head rest scallops and wheel trims. They also followed the practice of the 34th Pursuit Squadron of displaying the squadron number on the fuselage belly and aircraft number on the fuselage upper decking. Radio equipment was still limited during this period, and many aircraft did not have the aerial wires and antennas. These were often reserved for squadron and flight commanders only.


The third squadron in the 17th Pursuit Group was the 95th Pursuit Squadron. They adopted light blue and yellow as their squadron colours in the identical style as their sister squadrons.



Inter-War Aviation Collection

THE GREAT WAR
1914-1918 – German Army




German Army

WHEELS ACROSS THE
DESERT


In 1915, Egypt was the centre of the war effort in the near East. Units would strike westwards into the Sahara desert to deal with dissident tribes who were goaded into action by the Turks, or were sent northwards into Gaza to confront the Turkish army itself.
The Sennussi were a warlike Arab religious sect encouraged by the Turks to tie down as many British troops as possible. Model T Ford cars, escorted by Rolls- Royce armoured cars were used to patrol the desert, and to launch daring raids against the Sennussi.
The most important British armoured car of the first World War was undoubtedly the Rolls-Royce. In terms of the numbers built, effective design and all round quality it was unequalled, and is now taken to typify the vintage armoured car.

The Hedjaz Armoured Car Section, was an unit of three Rolls Royce armoured cars, which operated alongside the irregular forces inspired and guided by T.E Lawrence. This unit also acted independently and mounted long range raids, such as the succesful raid against the Amman railway bridge in September 1918.
The armoured cars earned Lawrence’s respect for their reliability and effectiveness, and in his “Seven Pillars of Wisdom” he mentions that “a Rolls in the desert was above rubies”.


Egypt
1915

THE AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCES


The United States of America declared war against Germany and the Central Powers on 6th April 1917. Spurred by the slogan “First to Fight” there was a rush of recruits into the Marine Corps. The newborn Marine Corps Reserve, mobilized on 16 April, contributed three officers and thirty-three enlisted men. The recruit depots at Parris Island and Mare Island were soon swamped, and temporary recruiting centers had to be opened at Philadelphia, Brooklyn, and Norfolk Navy Yards. On 14 May, six thousand acres were leased at Quantico, south of Washington, as the beginnings of a major new base.

Maj. Gen. Cmdt. George Barnett was determined that a Marine expeditionary force would be on board the first convoy to sail for France. On 29 May, President Wilson approved the sending of a Marine regiment equipped as infantry. The stipulation was that the Marine regiment be organized and equipped according to the new wartime tables of organization developed by the Army. Marine regiments were small units of about eight hundred to a thousand men, a collection of numbered rifle companies of about 100 men each.
The companies would have to be brought up to a strength of about 250 men and organized into battalions and then into regiments, with machinegun companies added.



American Expeditionary Forces

GALLIPOLI CAMPAIGN
1915




Battle of Gallipoli 1915

Provincial Regiments 1759




Provincial Regiments 1759

French Militia 1759


For the campaign of 1759 the militia companies were amalgamated into 3 brigades by region of origin. They wore the knitted “tuque” or stocking cap typical of the French habitant, in different colours according to their brigade. Red was for Quebec, White for Trois Rivieres, and blue for Montreal.



French Militia 1759

THE WARS OF THE
ROSES 1455-1487




Wars of the Roses 1455-1487

jjDESIGNS 10th
ANNIVERSARY – Jacobite Rebellion


Nine new Jacobite Rebellion figures will be released over the next few months,
and a set of 10 of the older Jacobites will be offered as a Booster/Starter set. This set will only be offered for sale to dealers until the end of JUNE, or until stock runs out.



Jacobite Rebellion 1745

New Thomas Gunn Releases For May!

May 9th, 2016

Rome


The 9th Hispana Legion were based in mainland Europe before moving to Britain following the Roman invasion in AD 43. Sometime after 108 AD the legion disappeared from Roman records with some speculation that they were wiped out in Northern Britain. The 9th found fame in the novel ‘Eagle of the Ninth’ published in 1954 in which the Legion marched into Scotland “never to be heard of again.”


Glory of Rome

WWI


The Freikorps had been in existence in Germany for some time prior to WW1 but really came into their own post WW1, following the introduction of the Weimar Republic which was beset with problems notably from the Communists in the form of the Spartacist League. The Freikorps were instrumental in putting down many Communist uprisings often with brutal results, particularly in the Baltic states where thousands of suspected Communists were executed. Many prominent Nazis were members of the Freikorps including Rohm, Himmler and Ehrhardt which is why the Freikorps are often seen as a precursor to the Nazi party. We have 3 sentry style figures to kick off this series, with another 3 scheduled to follow later including a Communist prisoner. The A version come in German Stormtroop uniforms suitable for late
WW1 and the B version come in Freikorps uniform markings



World War One

King & Country May Releases

May 8th, 2016

War in the Pacific


  • AF036 — U.S. Marine Corps Jeep
    — Some of you may have seen this useful airfield vehicle on our publicity pix for “Pappy” Boyington’s F4U Corsair… Well, here it is in person and ready for duty on any Pacific Island airstrip.. Mud and dust-covered it has a “Campaign-hat-wearing-Leatherneck” at the wheel.
  • AF037 — The Sheep Pen Tent — The standard U.S. Military Tent of WW2 and beyond. Perfect as part of the background for your F4U Corsair or on any battlefield or barracks whether its the Pacific , Europe, Korea or even… Vietnam!!!


War in the Pacific – USMC

The Royal Navy in the Tropics


Back in the days when Britannia ruled the waves and a quarter of the world map was still painted pink the Royal Navy and its sailors served in many of the globe’s hottest spots. When serving and sailing in warmer waters the Navy adopted “Tropical Whites” for all officers and men.

Here in Hong Kong, pre 1997 and the Chinese hand-over, British sailors most often wore “Tropical Whites” when on ceremonial duties or “going ashore”.

These sailors can be used for both wartime and peacetime scenarios.



Gallipoli

Supreme Allied Commander


Over the years it has been popular, in some quarters, to question and complain about the military qualities and abilities of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander of all Allied Forces in Europe from before D.Day until the end of the “German War” in May 1945.

K&C firmly believes this to be wrong! No other commander (British or American) had the skill, patience and overall understanding of what was required and necessary to hold the coalition together and forge a fighting force that ultimately helped defeat Hitler’s armies.

Over the years we’ve produced two other miniature portrayals of “IKE” and now we’re happy and proud to produce three more… in a choice of uniforms.

  • DD284 — Eisenhower wearing IKE — Here, the General is seen wearing the short, battledress-dress style jacket (modelled on the original British one) that he had specially tailored for himself in London when he took up his European command in 1943.
    In this version his “IKE” jacket, as it came to be known, is tailored in the same chocolate brown material as the regular U.S. Army officers’ issue uniform of the period. When this colour of jacket was worn it was usually teamed with the “pink”( more beige khaki actually) trousers of the standard officers’ uniform.
  • DD291 — D.DAY IKE — Here is the General wearing the standard U.S. Army Officers’ Uniform combination of full, four-pocketed jacket, again with a pair of “Pinks”.
    Behind the General’s back he holds a sets of plans for the upcoming “Operation Overlord”, the invasion of Normandy in June 1944.
  • DD294 — Texas Toy Soldier Show “IKE”/span> — Special Note: A “third” General Eisenhower is being specially issued for the 10th. Texas Toy Soldier Show.
    This particular Texas Show “Ike” is wearing the all-olive drab jacket and trousers uniform which the General also wore before and after D.Day. Just 200 pieces of this” Texas” version are being produced.

APACHE TERRITORY


It’s fair to say that “The Apaches” proved to be one of the finest and fiercest opponents of the U.S. Army during the “Indian Wars” that followed the end of the Civil War.

From 1865 until the mid 1880’s the various tribes that made up the Apache Nation fought a long and skillful “guerilla” campaign throughout the Southwestern part of the U.S.

Although their numbers were never large they spread fear and terror throughout Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and parts of Colorado wherever they raided and fought.

Never operating in large numbers (like the Plains Tribes) they were particularly adept at ambushes, skirmishing and then disappearing into nowhere as the U.S. Cavalry found out time and time again.

Here are the first few examples of a great new range of Apache warriors…

  • TRW090 — “Geronimo”, The Apaches — A mounted figure of probably the greatest Apache Warchief “Geronimo was a “Mescalero/Chiricahua” born in 1829. He was a superb leader in raiding and revenge attacks on both Mexican and American interlopers… In truth, he harboured more hatred for Mexicans who had killed many of his extended family during this time.
  • TRW091 — “He’s Dead!”, The Apaches — One of the hated “Longknives” lies sprawled at the feet of this Apache Warrior. His cartridge belt and revolver will find a new owner! (2 figures)
  • TRW092 — “Reloading”, The Apaches — Reaching back to extract a fresh cartridge for his “Springfield” rifle.
  • TRW093 — “Taking Aim”, The Apaches — A lying prone Apache “takes a bead” on one of the enemy.
  • TRW094 — “Bows & Arrows”, The Apaches — Although most Apache warriors preferred to get their hands on firearms they were also adapt in the use of the more traditional Indian weaponry.
  • TRW095 — “Kneeling Firing”, The Apaches — As ammunition for their rifles and pistols was always in short supply each Apache rifleman had to make every shot count… They were accurate marksmen, far better than the average U.S. Cavalry trooper!


Apaches

The Duellists


Director Ridley Scott’s first feature film “The Duellists” is, in my opinion, one of the finest and most authentic historical films ever made!

The attention to detail of the period (1800-1815) is second-to-none in the uniforms, the attitudes and even the changing hair-styles of the two main protagonists.

The story is centred on a series of duels that take place between two French Hussar officers during the last 15 years of Bonaparte’s reign.

Everything about this small, intimate movie (it cost less than USD$1 million to make) is exceptional – the military costumes, the settings, the actors (including Harvey Keitel and Keith Carradine) the script and the music is simply superb! Please see it… and you’ll see what I mean.

  • NA349 — The Duellists Set#1 — Gabriel Feraud (7th Hussars) is a violent and fervent Bonapartist who loves to seek out trouble and fight duels.Armand D’Hubert (3rd Hussars) is serving on the staff of his general and is sent to reprimand Feraud on his latest duel where he has almost killed the nephew of an important local town official.Feraud is mightily offended and forces the first of several ongoing duels onto the hapless D’Hubert, who he believes, is “victimizing” him!Here, both officers are about to begin their first duelling encounter in the courtyard of Feraud’s lodgings… D’Hubert in his 3rd Hussars uniform minus his dolman and sabretache of course and a similarly attired Feraud of the 7th Hussars.



French Artillery, Infantry, and Dragoons.

LIGHT GERMAN ARMOUR


  • WH049 — Sd.Kfz250/11 Panzerbuchse 41 — This lightly armoured halftrack mounting a 2.8cm gun was intended to be a close-support, anti-tank weapon for motorized infantry.The first examples reached German units on the Eastern Front early in 1942. Although an interesting development it never achieved major success because of the low effective range of its 2.8cm gun. It remained in production for just one year.However, as a representative German model of the war’s mid years… it’s a great little addition to any WW2 German collection.


German Wehrmacht

Pike & Muskets &
Cavaliers


A few select additions to this colourful and unique range that covers “The English Civil War”… The Thirty Years War and even the novels of Alexander Dumas and his “Three Musketeers”…

  • PnM055 — Cavalier Ready, English Civil War — A mounted Royalist trooper in the army of Charles I. Our man holds his “Musketoon” at the ready. “Musketoons” were short-barrelled versions of soldiers’ muskets first carried by sailors and pirates and later adopted by cavalry as they were easy to carry (suspended by a spring hook on a cross belt) and to shoot while mounted.
  • PnM056 — Cavalier Shooting , English Civil War — This Royalist trooper shoulders his “Musketoon” as he prepares to fire from the saddle.
  • PnM057 — Royalist Trumpeter, English Civil War — This richly and colourfully-garbed cavalryman would, on his officer’s command, sound the different trumpet calls that would let the regiment of horse know what was required of them during the “din of battle” or the many manoeuvers on parade or even while on the move. Most trumpeters would also ride a white steed, the better to be seen by both officer and men.
  • PnM058 — The King’s Lifeguard Standard, English Civil War — An advancing officer of the King Charles ‘ own “Lifeguard Regiment of Foot”. Over his right shoulder he carries the Regimental Colour… In his left hand a pistol.
  • PnM066 — The Commonwealth Flag Bearer, English Civil War — A second version of the previous figure… This time, our Parliamentary Officer carries the “Commonwealth Flag” of 1649, adopted by Cromwell’s Army two years before the actual end of the Civil War in 1651.



English Civil War – Pike & Musket

1914


A few months back we came upon some figures that were still on our “reserve list”. After reviewing them… we painted them… liked the results… and so, here they are!



March to Paris

SETTING THE SCENE


Battlefield and Diorama accessories go a long way to helping collectors bring their displays “alive” and adding an extra dimension to any collection.

Here are some great new pieces…

Special Note: As you can see we are offering these architectural items in both

“Sandstone” and “Greystone” colour finishes.