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New First Legion February Releases!

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

Polish Winged Hussars


The Polish Winged Hussars were a prominent cavalry force in the Polish-Lithuanian Army from the 16th to 18th Centuries. At the very earliest stages, they served as light cavalry but by the middle of the 1500’s they were transformed into heavy shock cavalry as we have presented them here. As the primary tactic of the Polish Army of the period was the heavy cavalry charge, the Winged Hussars played an extremely important role on the battlefield. Made famous the by the “wings” made from wood with feathers from various large birds, they appeared to be much larger and more imposing when issuing their charge. One thing is certain, they were certainly among the beautiful of the horsemen of the period with ornate and colorful uniforms and large battle standards. We have presented them here as they would have appeared from about 1587-1632 under the banners of Sigismund III, King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania and they bear his standards of that period.

Please note that while we have coded these figures as TYW simply because they required a code, they are appropriate for not only the Thirty Years War, but also the Renaissance as well, and as such we have placed them in both product categories as many of their enemies are figures that will eventually be placed in the Renaissance figure range.



Polish Winged Hussars

Spanish Tercio


The Thirty Years War was from 1618 to 1648 and was one of the bloodiest, most destructive conflicts in human history. Our initial releases were on the lighter side featuring the Three Musketeers, but now we are evolving the range to cover the military aspects of it and we are starting with the Battle of Rocroi in 1643. The battle was late in the TYW and featured the French decisively defeating the Spanish and marking the beginning of the end of the myth of invincibility of the Spanish Tercio. The Spanish Tercio it should be noted fought gallantly at this battle withstanding repeated infantry and cavalry attacks despite the dissolution of the army around them and were never driven from the field. Rather the French commander, the Duc d’Enghien, offered them surrender terms similar to that of a besieged fortress allowing them to leave the field with their flags and weapons. Fittingly enough, we have started our coverage of Rocroi with the famed Spanish Tercio. Our release is very loosely inspired by the wonderful painting of the battle by Augusto Ferrer-Dalmau and features simply wonderful sculpting and hand painting carrying on with the quality level that we set with our earlier Thirty Years War releases. Overall, the Tercio release will feature full command, standards, and wide variety of pikemen and musketeers allowing for a fantastic battle diorama to come to life.



Spanish Tercio

Battle of the Bulge


We are pleased to follow up the release of our Battle of Bulge range with another variant our Sherman tank with set BB002 US 75mm Winter M4 Sherman Tank, this time from the 10th Armored Division. Sherman Tanks from the 10th Armored, specifically Combat Command B and the 21st Tank Battalion, were among the first to arrive at Bastogne and played a key role in the defense of the city earning a Presidential Unit Citation for their actions there. Throughout the encirclement they suffered the same conditions and hardships that are normally attributed only to the 101st Airborne. Though the 4th Armored eventually broke the encirclement just after Christmas, elements of the 10th Armored continued to fight in the area until January 18th. We have changed up the “winter camo” pattern on this tank from a pure whitewash to more of a quick and dirty striped painting pattern that we’ve seen photos of which represents a bit more of a rush in applying the pattern given the circumstances. Like BB001, it also features the advanced superlative weathering of mud and frost on the lower hull and track setup.



Battle of the Bulge

Retreat From Russia




Retreat From Russia

New First Legion January Releases!

Monday, December 26th, 2016

Vikings




Vikings

New First Legion January Releases!

Monday, December 26th, 2016

American Civil War


Wadsworth and Cutler take the field at Gettysburg!! We are extremely pleased to present the first of our standard Union Infantry for our American Civil War figure range with sets ACW101-ACW116, the 56th Pennsylvania and 147th New York Volunteers. These figures continue on our established theme of covering Day 1 of the Battle of Gettysburg. The 56th Pennsylvania has an incredible battle history during the war having taken part in countess engagements and having the unique distinction of being the first Union infantry regiment to open fire at the Battle of Gettysburg. To complement the 56th, we have also released the standards for the 147th New York Volunteers to allow for additional variety in your Gettysburg displays. Both regiments served in Cutler’s Brigade of Wadsworth’s Division of the Union 1st Corps and both were heavily engaged in opening acts of the Battle of Gettysburg. Combined with the 7th Wisconsin, First Legion has now released 3 of the 10 Regiments in Wadsworth’s 1st Division and when used with our matching Confederates and Buford’s Cavalry, some wonderful Gettysburg displays can really be brought to life. Of course, though designed with Gettysburg in mind, the figures are perfectly at home in many other settings as well.



Union 56th PA/147th NY Vols

New First Legion January Releases!

Monday, December 26th, 2016

Battle of the Bulge


First Legion is very pleased to present our latest sub-range to our WWII The Arms and Armies of the Second World War Series, the Battle of the Bulge!!! That’s right, we are turning our talents towards “Hitler’s Gamble”, the massive, but ultimately doomed, German offensive designed to split the Allied Armies and force them to the negotiating table. Like our Stalingrad, Normandy, and DAK sub- ranges, it will be a full series featuring a wide variety of figures and vehicles from several nationalities. We are launching the series with set BB001 US 75mm M4 Sherman Tank from the 6th Armored Division. The “Super” 6th Armored was heavily engaged in the US counterattack at Bastogne. We have presented it here with 2 x 1/4 crew figures for the opening/closing hatches and given it a spectacular “winter” camo painting scheme, taken to a new level to any winter tank that we have done previously. With the “Fighting Turtle” insignia emblazoned on its side hull, this is a wonderfully detailed tank to kick off what we hope to be a spectacular series of the figures. Enjoy!



Battle of the Bulge

First Legion November Releases!

Monday, November 14th, 2016

New November Releases!
Roman Command




Glory of Rome – Roman Camp Life

Continental Dragoons


The unit was raised in 1777 in New Jersey and was also known as Baylor’s Horse (George Baylor was regimental commander until his capture in 1778) or Lady Washington’s Horse (William Washington took over command after Baylor) and took part in battles such as Brandywine, Germantown, Guilford Court House, Cowpens, and Eutaw Springs.



Continental Dragoons

Afrika Korps




Das Deutsche Afrika Corps 1941-1943!


New First Legion October Releases!

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

Retreat from Russia


During Napoleon’s invasion of Russia, the Russian Cossacks were the troops that the French feared the most. Not heavy battlefield cavalry, but rather used effectively as light cavalry, the Russian Cossacks constantly harried the French
forces both during their advance and, as we have portrayed them here, during the Retreat. Operating both in direct support of the main Russian field armies as well as behind the French lines as a very early example of guerrilla troops, the
Cossacks were extremely effective and played a key role in disrupting supply and interrupting communication. Though we have done these figures under the banner of our Retreat from Russia range, they can be used for a much broader selection
of the period. However, as part of the Retreat Series, these figures are painted to an incredibly high level and perfectly match the French Infantry and sledges which we’ve already released and make a wonderful addition to the Retreat from
Russia series of figures.



Retreat from Russia

French Personalities


  • NAP0529 French Marshal Jean-Baptiste Bessieres – Marshal Bessieres was one of those who had served with Napoleon since the very beginning as a captain in Bonapartes Army of Italy and on the Egyptian expedition. At Marengo he served with the Consular Guard and was promoted to Marshal of France in 1804. He participated in all of the major campaigns including the Peninsula until he was killed by a cannonball just a few days after the start of the 1813 campaign. As one of Napoleon’s closest friends, the Emperor took his death very hard and he was yet another example of the dilution through combat losses of the effectiveness of the once great Grande
    Armee.
  • NAP0530 French ADC Orderly Officer to the Emperor – The ADC “d’Ordonnance” was an orderly in the personal service of the Emperor shown here in the 1809-1814 uniform.



French Personalities

British Congreve
Rocket and Crew




British Field Artillery

French Camp Life


  • NAP0562 Sexy French Cantiniere
    – And now for something completely different for us, one of the few female figures we have done for the Napoleon’s Europe figure range, this oozing with
    that certain kind of appeal French Cantiniere! French camp followers often included both wives of officers and a variety of “women of the night” and this
    particular lady dons the Hussar Jacket of the 5th Regiment. However you decide to fit this truly lovely figure into your camp scenes is of course entirely up
    to you!



French Camp Life

New First Legion September Releases!

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Vikings


The next 6
Vikings with VIK006-VIK010 (a and b variant of VIK008). These add more shieldwall figures, a beserker, and a few archers and continue the very high quality we’ve set for this range.    More figures will follow later this year we project or early next at the latest.



Vikings

Swiss Mercenaries


We have the
completion of the Renaissance Swiss Mercenaries release with sets REN039-041 and REN048-050.    These figures add the command and specialist troops to the Swiss Mercenary Pike Block and have the usual characters – Standard Bearer, Officer, Musician, a few Halberdiers, and a stunning crossbowman.    That will bring that release to a close and allow for the creation of the display we use to highlight the release.



Renaissance

Retreat from Russia




Retreat From Russia

Vietnam


The first of the US Marine Corps for our Vietnam figure range including a USMC C-23 Disaster variant of our M48A3 Patton Tank.   The US Army variant of the Patton has already sold out and we don’t expect the USMC variant to last very long either.   To complement the tank we have USMC Infantry both with bases as combat figures and without bases as tank riders much the same as we did with the US Army Variant.   We hope to continue to add USMC figures as the ranges expands. 



Vietnam

New First Legion July / August Releases!

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

Vikings


Vikings: Norse Raiders 8th to 11th Century! The Viking Age was the period from the 790’s to 1066 when Germanic Norse seafarers raided and traded along the northern coast of Europe from their Scandinavian homeland. With advanced seafaring skills characterized by the long ship, the Norsemen explored, expanded, and formed settlements across a wide area reaching as far as the north eastern coast of North America to the west and Russia to the east.



Vikings

Swiss Mercenaries


The Swiss Mercenaries performed service in the French Army during the Medieval and Renaissance periods.    They were among the finest, most proficient soldiers in the world and had a nearly two century run of battlefield successes.    Their tactics were eventually copies and mastered by imitators such as the German Landsknechts, who were bitter rivals of the Swiss Mercenaries, and in 1525 the Swiss were defeated at Pavia as part of Francis I’s army.   Our coverage of the Swiss at Pavia features 11 Different figures which can be setup in a Pike block to oppose the German Landsknechts.



Renaissance

Wild West




Wild West

British Airbourne


We have created 13 wonderful sets featuring the elite of the British Army with wonderful sculpting and painting, particularly on the “denison” smocks which are the iconic visual signatures of British Airborne in the 2nd World War. The figures are designed to part of our Battle of Normandy range and as such are nominally the 6th Airborne Division which took part in the D-Day landings most notably at Pegasus Bridge, Merville, and Breville to name a few. However, it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to use these same figures as double duty as the 1st Airborne Division during Operation Market Garden as well and they were designed with that battle very much in mind as well.



British Airborne

Vietnam




Vietnam

New First Legion June Releases!

Sunday, 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 First Legion Releases for May!

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Seven Years War – Russian Musketeers


Russian Musketeers of the Seven Years War.    Sets SYW032-SYW045 depict the Apsheronsky Muskeeter regiment in firing line.   With superb sculpting and the extremely high levle painting that is the hallmark of First Legion, these figures make a wonderful addition to our SYW product range.   Of particular note are the two standard bearers.    Russian standards of the period are lovely and we have gone over the top on these both in terms of the sculpting and painting. Because of the realistic nature of the flag folds, we have fully hand painted these extremely complex standards.  We hope you find the effort well worth it! The Prussian 7th Line and Cuirassiers will now have to advance with a bit more caution as the Russian Infantry has taken the field at Kunersdorf!



Russian Apsheronsky Musketeers

Mass Battle


This time the figures and flags represent the 1st Texas as they would have appeared at the Battle of Antietam.



Mass Battle Series Confederate Infantry

WWII


Sorry because of extremly small allocation we are sold out.  But we thought you would like information on the vehicle.


Stalingrad Germans