Thomas Gunn New Releases Expected January 2015!

January 13th, 2015

French & Indian Wars


New Releases Expected Late January / February 2015!

  • FIW002B — Standing Rifleman – Standing Rifleman this time without fixed bayonet and campaign style hat with feathers! Scale for this range is 54mm to
    fit in with Britain’s and JJD figures.
  • FIW007 — Kneeling Rifleman – A kneeling rifleman looks left before preparing to move off. Scale for this range is 54mm to fit in with Britain’s and
    JJD figures



French & Indian Wars

African Wars




African Wars

French Foreign Legion

  • FFL034A — Prone firing rifleman – A prone firing rifleman, this time we have gone for a different look with our legionnaire wearing just his shirt and
    backpack instead of the blue greatcoat.
  • FFL035A — Guard – A very useful figure for guarding your camp/fort/artillery piece or any other number of useful diorama settings.



French Foreign Legion

World War One




World War One

WWII Allied Forces


Captain Edwin Swales VC was a South African pilot seconded to the RAF from the SAAF. He was attached to 582 Sqn Pathfinders and was the lead Pathfinder aircraft on the night of 23rd February 1945 when he was awarded his VC.

Swales was flying an Avro Lancaster and was part of a 370 strong forces of Lancasters bombing Pforzheim that night.

During the raid Swales aircraft was attacked by an ME110 which knocked out 2 of the Lancasters engines. Although Swales knew his aircraft would not make it back to ‘Blighty’ he
endeavored to get the aircraft as far back inside friendly territory as possible, so that the crew could bail out safely. As they crossed the French border Swales ordered his crew to abandon the aircraft, no sooner had they all parachuted to safety then the aircraft stalled and crashed into the ground killing Swales.

Swales was awarded the Victoria Cross for extreme gallantry and selflessly putting his crews life before his own.

Club 18 will come in 2 versions: A standard RAF blue uniform colour scheme for January and a B version for February with Swales wearing tropical style trousers.

As Swales was a keen sportsman who excelled at Rugby as well as other sports we have sculpted Swales in relaxed dress, ready to stroll out to the cricket pitch and knock out a few ‘Sixes’ with his crew.



WWII Allied Forces

WWII German forces


  • FJ014A — The Breakfast Club – Featuring Rolf Jager and Rudolf Witzig: Two new well known FJ’s (both Knights Cross recipients) this time in a more relaxed mode around a camp fire cooking an egg for breakfast! Set comes complete with the two figures, MP40′s, FJ Helmets, bottle of beer and cooking fire. There will be a part 2 very soon for this set, featuring two more KC winners to go with the above figures.



WWII German forces

WWII Pacific


  • RS002B — Japanese Marine Sentry – Our last Japanese Marine sentry sold out very quickly and we have therefore released a new version but very similar to
    the first! This new soldier is actually from the army and he wears the soft cap with Japanese yellow star embroided on the cap.



WWII Pacific

King & Country January 2015 Releases!

January 13th, 2015

Battle of the Bulge – GI’s


Usually, K&C release all of our “Battle of the Bulge” figures and vehicles in October and November in the run-up to December and the annual anniversary of
this battle. Alas, pressure of other releases meant that our GI’s had to wait till this month. However, they’re a wee bit different and, I hope, well worth
the wait…

  • BBA074 — Radio Operator Set – Two full-body GI’s huddle behind their snow-frosted, sand-bagged emplacement. As one GI aims his M1 carbine the other
    is using the radio handset.
  • BBA075 — Bar Gunner Set – Two “half-body” GI’s, one firing his B.A.R. (Browning Automatic Rifle) the other holding onto his helmet come under enemy
    fire as they shelter in their foxhole. This sets work well on a flat surface or even better, on a snow-covered diorama landscape.
  • BBA076 — Supporting Fire – Another two “half-body” GI’s provide additional fire power with their M1 Garand rifle and M1 carbine from their foxhole. This
    sets work well on a flat surface or even better, on a snow-covered diorama landscape.
  • BBA077 — Observing The Battle – As one “half-body” GI watches the enemy through his binos, the other GI waits ready with his rifle. (2 x half body figures). This sets work well on a flat surface or even better, on a snow-covered diorama landscape.
  • BBA078 — Sitting Wounded Set – A greatcoat-clad Medic tends to the leg wound of a sitting GI.
  • BBA079 — Seriously Wounded Set – Another U.S. Army Medic leans over and supports a badly-wounded GI with a stomach wound…
  • BBA080 — DODGE WS51 Weapons Carrier (Winter Ambulance) – This ubiquitous little Weapons Carrier has been turned into a temporary ambulance to help
    “ferry” the wounded back to the nearest field hospital. Our model has a detachable canvas cover and a seated ambulance driver figure.


Battle of the Bulge

Napoleonic Gordon Highlanders


As many collectors of the Napoleonic Era know you can never have too many Scottish Highlanders!!! These 10 all-new “Gordon Highlanders” prove that statement…All
are in action poses that can supplement and complement existing Highlander collections or can form the basis for a brand-new collection!

SPECIAL NOTE: As you can see no less than three of the previous figures have head wounds…Statistically the British Infantry, especially when formed up in squares, suffered a disproportionate number of head wounds as enemy cavalry in particular swung their swords and lances at the heads of the defending soldiers.


Gordon Highlanders

English Civil War


A few more colourful additions to this great new series…


English Civil War – Pike & Musket

Streets of Old Hong Kong



Orient

Crusader

Two more colourful additions to the Crusaders’ Camp…

  • MK141 — The German Tent – With the Germanic-style eagle at the top and the simple black and white colours this little tented structure belongs to a
    Knight from north of the Rhine.
  • MK142 — The English Tent – A simple red on white crusader cross
    and the colours signify the presence of an English Knight.



Crusader – Cross & Crescent

World of Dickens


Alas, this yuletide version of our corner store just missed out on this year’s festive season…but it’s well in time for next year’s!!!

  • WoD019 — The Christmas Store – Full of blooms and Christmas trees this little corner piece will make a great add-on to the already released “World
    of Dickens” Display Pieces.



World of Dickens

Russian Generals


Three of the most famous Soviet Leaders during WW2…

  • RA059 — Marshal Georgy Zhukov – Stalin’s finest General who came up through the ranks the hard way to reach supreme command and lead the Soviet Forces to
    victory in Berlin, May 1945.
  • RA060 — Marshal Stalin – A great leader of his nation and also a ruthless dictator who killed millions of his own countrymen. Here, dressed in
    a simple, white summer uniform…Like his opponent Hitler, he preferred a simple style of uniform with few if any decorations and medals.
  • RA061 — Kommissar Nikita Kruschev – The senior political officer in and during the Battle of Stalingrad from late 1942 to early 1943. He
    went on to become Premier of the USSR from 1957-1964.



Russian Front Winter 1941

Royal Airforce

  • RAF051 — The Royal Air Force Jeep – A very much requested item for any RAF airfield…anywhere! Our RAF blue vehicle has a Flight Sergeant behind the wheel and the RAF roundel on the bonnet of the engine.



Royal Airforce

WWII – German


During the “Battle of France” in 1940 as refugees fled their villages, towns and farms…they left behind all kinds of livestock to fend for themselves!

  • WH001 — Fresh Milk Today! – Two former farm-boys know a thing or two about animals. Here, as one “soldaten” milks the cow into a wooden bucket,
    the other enjoys a mess tin full of fresh milk…delicious!
  • WH011 — Dispatch Rider – Perhaps sitting on his bike on a nearby road this other German soldier stops to take a break and watch his two
    comrades at work in the field.
  • WS198 — Feld Gendarmerie Dog Handler – On duty with guard and dog.


World War II

Britain’s New Releases Arriving In January!

January 13th, 2015

American Civil War




American Civil War

Clash of Empires



Clash of Empires

Jack Tars & Leathernecks Collection



Jack Tars & Leathernecks Collection

Battle of Abu Klea, January 17, 1885




Battle of Abu Klea, January 17, 1885

Zulu Wars




Rorke’s Drift – Matte Version

World War I



World War I

Royal Airforce



Royal Airforce

New Sierra Toy Soldier – Exclusive

January 13th, 2015

New Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive Set – Expected Spring 2015! Zulu Storehouse Attack

The fourth release in the Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive Range.  With this set we wanted to continue to add to our mini series Zulu Storehouse Attack. Expected Spring 2015!


Zulu Storehouse Attack

New Hobby Master Releases For April 2015!

November 30th, 2014

Air Power Collection (Propeller Powered) – 1:72 Scale


Highly-detailed, fully featured military models in New from Hobby Master, the Legends Series of 1/6 figures are modeled after heroic individuals who risked all during times of war. The first release in that collection, an incredibly realistic model of Col. C.E. “Bud” Anderson, the pilot of “Old Crow” and a World War II triple ace, is available in signed and unsigned editions.


Air Power Collection (Propeller Powered) – 1:72 Scale

Air Power Collection (Propeller Powered) – 1:48 Scale.




Air Power Collection (Propeller Powered) – 1:48 Scale.

Modern Air Power Collection – 1:72 Scale




Modern Air Power Collection

New John Jenkins – December Releases!

November 16th, 2014

First World War – French

This was the appearance of the Saint-Chamond Tank after its first upgrade. It was armed with the 75 Tir Rapide (TR) Model 12 Cannon. The vehicle featured four roof turrets, two observation turrets forward, one on either side, with one between them for venting the gunsmoke after the firing of the cannon. The fourth turret was at the rear on the left hand side, and was used by the driver whilst driving backwards. The turrets were in fact weak spots of the tank’s structure, and it was quite common that machine gun fire would shoot away the turrets. The observation turrets were therefore removed for the later version.

The next round of French Infantry are in production! These will include more casualties, and 2 German prisoners.

The Chauchat, named after its main contributor Colonel Louis Chauchat, was the standard machine rifle or light machine gun of the French Army during World War I (1914–18). Its official designation was “Fusil Mitrailleur Modele 1915 CSRG” ( in English: “Machine Rifle Model 1915 CSRG” ). It was mass manufactured during World War I by two reconverted civilian plants: “Gladiator” and “Sidarme” . Beginning in June 1916, it was placed into regular service with French infantry where the troops called it the FM Chauchat. The Chauchat machine rifle in 8mm Lebel was also extensively used in 1917-1918 by the American Expeditionary Forces (A.E.F) where it was officially designated as the “Automatic Rifle, Model 1915 (Chauchat)”. The armies of eight other nations, notably: Belgium, Finland, Greece, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russia and Serbia, also used the Chauchat machine rifle in fairly large numbers during and after World War
I.

A total of 262,000 Chauchat machine rifles were manufactured between December 1915 and November 1918, including 244,000 chambered for the 8mm Lebel service cartridge, making it the most widely-manufactured automatic weapon of World War I.

The Chauchat machine rifle was one of the first light, automatic rifle caliber weapons designed to be carried and fired by a single operator and an assistant, without a heavy tripod or a team of gunners. It set a precedent for several subsequent 20th century firearm projects, being a portable yet full power automatic weapon built inexpensively and in very large numbers. The Chauchat combined a pistol grip, an in-line stock, a detachable magazine, and a selective fire capability in a compact package of manageable weight (20 pounds) for a single soldier. Furthermore, it could be routinely fired from the hip and while walking (marching fire).



French Army

First World War – British

The Royal Garrison Artillery (RGA) was an arm of the Royal Artillery that was originally tasked with manning the guns of the British Empire’s forts and fortresses, including coastal artillery batteries, the heavy gun batteries attached to each infantry division, and the guns of the siege artillery.

In the quagmire of trench warfare, it was finally realised that it was not the place for the artillery to be in the infantry line.

Henceforth the artillery would be positioned well behind the infantry battle line, firing at unseen targets, at co-ordinates on a map calculated with geometry and mathematics. As the war developed, the heavy artillery and the techniques of long-range artillery were massively developed. The RGA was often supported by the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) who had devised a system where pilots could use wireless telegraphy to help the artillery hit specific targets.

From 1914 the RGA grew into a very large component of the British forces on the battlefield, being armed with heavy, large-calibre guns and howitzers that were positioned some way behind the front line and had immense destructive power. The corps name was discontinued in 1924, when the RGA was re-amalgamated into the Royal Artillery

Ammunition supply to the Royal Field Artillery (RFA) and other field artillery units was normally the role of the Royal Artillery: that part of the Royal Regiment of Artillery which retained the Royal Artillery (RA) shoulder badges. However during the war the RGA, which had large numbers of men idling in fortified batteries around the World with little chance of seeing action, provided a draft of sub-units to the Western Front to assist with ammunition supply in the field, and the operation of supply dumps

**PLEASE NOTE, Several of these Artillery crew sets, can also be used with the Supply tank and Trucks.**

The British did not have a separate Corps of Signals in the Great War: it was agreed that an independent unit would be formed in 1918, but for various administrative reasons it was delayed until 1920.

At the outbreak of war in August 1914 all the British Armies signalling/ intercommunication requirements were met by the Royal Engineers Signal Services (RESS) that was formed in 1908. Previously, in 1870, the responsibility for all military communications was officially given to the Telegraph Troop, of the Royal Engineers.

**Please Note, more figures with pigeons are on the workbench, together with a pair of horses for the Pigeon Wagon.**

Whilst rather primitive and cumbersome wireless sets were available using, Morse Code, the British Army could not find any practical application for wireless at the early stage of the War and it was not until the final months of war in 1918 that wireless sets became widely deployed at the battalion level.

The inter-communications situation grew worse in early 1915 as the tempo of war increased and enemy activity and the winter weather wrought damage to the existing military communication systems. Many telegraph lines and (as they expanded, telephone lines) were either strung out in the open on ad hoc supports or buried in shallow trenches. The passage of men and material wreaked serious damage on the system, as did the incessant shelling in certain sectors. At that time the high explosive shell fuses only exploded when the round had penetrated quite deeply into the ground and was thus, potentially, in close proximity to the buried telephone lines.

Increasing recourse was had to pigeons carrying coded messages from the Front Line to the battalion HQ and beyond. Originally the British Army on the Western Front did not have any messenger pigeons. But in September 1914, the French provided a nucleus aviary of 15 pigeons from which was developed a bird strength of thousands: 12,000 pigeons were deployed at the First Battle of the Somme in 1916, and by 1918, 20,000 birds were available for duty.

Messenger dogs (Liaison dogs) were introduced for night work with mixed results. They tended to be spoiled as regimental pets and were much more susceptible to toxic gas and battle stress than the pigeons.



British Forces

KNIGHTS OF THE SKIES

Leutenant Hans Weiss was a World War I flying ace credited with 16 aerial victories

Weiss scored his first victory on the 17th August 1917, and was commissioned a leutenant in October 1917. He then went on a streak as a balloon buster, downing four observation balloons in a row. Weiss followed that with four triumphs over enemy aircraft, the last of which, his tenth win, occurred on 13 March 1918. He was transferred to Royal Prussian Jasta 10, which was part of Manfred von Richthofen’s Flying Circus. He scored a single victory there, on 28 March 1918, before being transferred to another Flying Circus unit, Royal Prussian Jasta 10, as a Flight Leader. He scored his first win in his new unit on 2 April 1918.

Six days later, he was selected to temporarily command Jasta 11, and did so until his death in action on 2 May 1918.

On that day, Weiss was flying his Fokker Triplane; although Richthofen’s Jagdgruppe used scarlet as their identifying color, Weiss’s plane was largely or entirely “Weiss” (white). Weiss died of a bullet through the head from the guns of No. 209 Squadron’s Lt. Merrill Samuel Taylor’s Sopwith Camel while attacking another Camel from Taylor’s unit.



Knights Of The Skies – WWI

THE RAID ON ST. FRANCIS



Raid on Saint Francis, 1759

BATTLE OF THE PLAINS OF ABRAHAM



Battle of the Plains of Abraham

THE PENINSULAR WAR 1807-1814



Peninsular War 1807-1814

New King & Country Release – World of Dickens

November 16th, 2014

World of Dickens

The first figures and buildings of this whole new version of an old favorite!



World of Dickens

Hobby Master New Releases Arriving November 2014!

November 6th, 2014

Hobby Master Legends.


Highly-detailed, fully featured military models in New from Hobby Master, the Legends Series of 1/6 figures are modeled after heroic individuals who risked all during times of war. The first release in that collection, an incredibly realistic model of Col. C.E. “Bud” Anderson, the pilot of “Old Crow” and a World War II triple ace, is available in signed and unsigned editions.


Action Figures

Air Power Collection (Propeller Powered) – 1:48 Scale.




Air Power Collection (Propeller Powered) – 1:48 Scale.

Modern Air Power Collection – 1:72 Scale




Modern Air Power Collection

Ground Power Collection




Ground Power Collection

Thomas Gunn New Releases Expected November 2014!

November 6th, 2014

French & Indian Wars




French & Indian Wars

French Foreign Legion




French Foreign Legion

WWI British and French


With it being so close to Christmas we decided it was time for some festive Tommies to commemorate the first winter in the trenches.
Some Winter Germans are planned and maybe here for December, if not then they will be available in January 2015.



World War One

New Russian WWII


A great mixture of troops for November as TGM goes East!
This time we go back to 1941 with poorly equipped Russian troops taking on the might of the Wehrmacht. It would not be long before these troops would turn the tide on Nazi Germany with a little help from the Allies in the form of thousands of vehicles, aircraft and even ships, plus a whole lot of blood, sweat and tears on the Russian side. Gradually as we all know, the Russian war machine became so vast it was unstoppable and as Marshal Zukhov once said and I love this quote, “Quantity has a quality all of its own!”

All the Russians come in a choice of a Summer 1941 (A version) or Winter 1941 look (B version), personally I really like the guys in the Budenovka hats, something unique in 1/30 scale at the moment. As mentioned previously the webbing and equipment will also suit those of you looking to recreate a 1919 Russian Civil war scenario. These guys I feel would also go great with the K&C Classic early WW2 Germans released not that long ago, the choice is yours.



WWII Allied Forces

WWII Pacific


December will see two more Japanese soldiers including a mortar figure.
January will see the first of our much requested Allied jungle patrol figures with a reluctant mule in tow!



WWII Pacific

WWII German




WWII German forces

First Legion New Releases Expected November 2014!

November 6th, 2014

Roman Praetorian Guard Fighting


We are pleased to present the second release covering the Imperial Roman Praetorian Guard! While the first release portrayed the Praetorians marching, this time we’ve portrayed them heavily engaged in combat protecting the Emperor Marcus Aurelius. The Roman Praetorian Guard was the personal bodyguard of the Roman Emperors. In addition to their political role of being the strongest armed military force within Rome, they took part in various campaigns and battles including those of Marcus Aurelius as they were at least the equal of any other Roman Legion in terms of combat effectiveness. Presented here in striking combat poses, these figures are designed to be fully engaged with our enemies of Rome. With their imperial purple colors, black leather lorica segmentata, and photo etched steel pilum and gladius, this release is certainly the most striking Roman release we’ve done for our incredibly popular Glory of Rome figure range.



Roman Praetorian Guard Fighting

Woodland Indians


While part of our American Revolution product range, these figures are of course perfectly useful for a much wider time period including but not limited to the French & Indian War. They can represent such tribes as the Iroquois speaking Cayuga, Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca, and Huron or Algonquian speaking Abenaki, Chippewa, Delaware, or Mohicans. The Eastern Indians were the first to make contact with European settlers and had both periods of peace and trade as well as periods of conflict with various tribes and with European settlers and armies siding with one side or the other, thus allowing these figures to be used as allies to either side or even fighting each other. From a design perspective, our Woodland Indians have provided us a wonderful opportunity to produce very colorful and ornate figures that really highlight our strengths as a figure company. Simply put, these are the finest figures available today and we will continue to expand upon this sub-range to include both additional fighting and non-combat/tribal life scenes over the years to come.



Woodland Indians

Mamluks



Mamluks

World War One – Germans




World War One – Germans

Stalingrad Germans




Stalingrad Germans