Archive for July, 2014

New Thomas Gunn Releases Late July 2014!

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

The French Foreign Legion

  • FFL024D — Standing Firing (Red Trousers) – A reload figure to add to your fighting square, this time with red trousers, Kepi and Havelock. The red trousers were worn in winter by the Legion or if no spare white trousers were available. As the Legion was at the bottom of the supply chain, issue of new clothing was not a priority unlike bullets and rifles which were always in demand and readily available!
  • FFL027 — Two Arabs – Crouching & Kneeling – Two more Arabs to add to your attacking force, this time a crouching kneeling forward figure and a kneeling reload figure.
  • FFL028 — Legionnaire & Tuareg Hand-to-Hand Set – A classic hand to hand
    fighting set, a desperate Legionnaire armed with bayonet and clenched fist pauses, ready to launch himself at an attacking Tuareg armed with a nasty looking dagger.

French Foreign Legion

The Great War


World War One

World War Two

Its been a while since we made any FJ’s and we return with a great pair of Fallshirmjager dressed for winter combat and wearing snowshoes, two more unique looking FJ’s to follow next month!

  • FJ011 — Standing Firing MP40
  • FJ012 — Squatting Firing MP40
  • SS035 — German Soldier & Mademoiselle – Something very different this time in the form of a lady French resistance fighter who seems to have some serious relationship issues to resolve! An unlucky German soldier hands tied behind his back, is entirely at the mercy of this Mademoiselle! Would look great with SS042 Staff car (which can be used without driver) and SS013 dead and surrendering German set.
  • V013A — Wasserfall & Two European Figures – The Wasserfall Rocket was a surface to air guided anti aircraft missile designed to be exploded in the middle of Allied bomber formations. Based on the V2 design this rocket was smaller than the V2 but at nearly 26ft long, was still a substantial size weapon. Armed with a 306kg warhead this missile would have wreaked havoc with Allied bomber formations had it ever become operational. Although several successful tests were carried out, for some unknown reason the Germans concentrated production on the V2 and only Albert Speer seemed to see the Wasserfalls true potential.He is quoted as saying in his memoirs “To this day, I am convinced that substantial deployment of Wasserfall from the spring of 1944 onward, together with an uncompromising use of the jet fighters as air defense interceptors, would have essentially stalled the Allied strategic bombing offensive against our industry. We would have well been able to do that – after all, we managed to manufacture 900 V2 rockets per month at a later time when resources were already much more limited.”A great addition to our V Series for those of you building a Peenemunde test site.

    Our rocket model comes with a cradle to rest the rocket in the horizontal position, a vertical launch trolley and two figures wearing clothing suitable for a late European summer in the A version or in the B version, winter clothing with a touch of snow on the figure bases and gloves on hands of the mechanic. The rockets are painted the same in both versions FYI.

  • V013B – Wasserfall & Two Winter Figures

WWII German forces

New John Jenkins Releases For August 2014!

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

French Army 1917 – 1918

The Schneider Tank was the first French Tank.

The Schneider tank was inspired by the need to overcome the stalemate of trench warfare which on the Western Front prevailed during most of the Great War. It specifically had to open passages for the infantry through barbed wire and then to suppress German machine gun nests. After a first concept by Jacques Quellennec devised in November 1914, the type was developed from May 1915 onwards by engineer Eugène Brillié, paralleling British development of tanks the same year. Colonel Jean Baptiste Eugène Estienne in December 1915 began to urge for the formation of French armour units, leading to an order in February 1916 of four hundred Schneider CA tanks, which were manufactured by SOMUA, a subsidiary of Schneider located in a suburb of Paris, between September 1916 and August 1918.

The tank was of the “box” type, lacking a turret, with the main armament, a short 75 mm cannon, in the right side. Generally it is considered a very imperfect design, even for its day, because of a poor lay-out, insufficient fire-power, a cramped interior and inferior mobility due to an overhanging nose section.

The Schneider CA 1 tanks were widely used in combat during the last war years. Their first action on 16 April 1917 was largely a failure, the tank units suffering heavy losses, but subsequent engagements were more successful. In 1918 the Schneider tanks played an important role in halting the German Spring Offensive and breaking the German front in the French summer offensives. They were active until the end of September 1918, less than two months before the Armistice of 11 November 1918, their numbers having dropped considerably due to attrition. After the war the surviving tanks were mostly rebuilt as utility vehicles but six Schneider tanks were deployed by Spain in the Rif War in Morocco, and the type saw its last action in the beginning of the Spanish Civil War.


French Army

Australian Imperial Force 1917 – 1918
The 5th Division, 8th Brigade, 31st Battalion

Each figure will be produced in 3 different regiment markings.
The different regiments are distinguished by the different Unit Colour Patches, which were worn on the shoulder.

This battalion was the first Australian Infantry unit to be mobilized for service during WW1.

The Unit colour patch was Brown and Yellow.

The 31st Battalion AIF, was formed from two companies from Queensland, and two companies from Victoria. Initially it was deployed in Egypt. Where it was involved in the defence of the Suez canal, earning the battle honour, “Egypt 1915-1916”.
In 1916, the 31st Battalion was assigned to the 5th Division, after a reorganization that saw the AIF expanded from two infantry divisions to five.

Its first involvement along the western front was the Battle of Fromelles, during which it suffered over 500 casualties, and was so badly mauled it undertook no more offensive action for the rest of that year.

In 1917 it was involved at Polygon Wood, during the battle of Passchendale, where Private Joseph Bugden, performed the actions that led him to receiving the Victoria Cross.

Australian Imperial Force

The 5th Division, 14th Brigade, 53rd Battalion

This Battalion was later to become known as the “West Sydney Regiment” and its unit colour patch was Black and green.

Their first involvement in fighting on the western front, was also at the Battle of Fromelles in July 1916. The battalion took part in the first stages of the allied attack and suffered over 600 casualties, a total which equated around a third of their total casualties for the whole war.

The 53rd battalion was not initially involved at the start of the “Hundred Days Offensive”, but later were committed to the fighting during the Battle of Mont Saint-Quentin. For his actions during the fighting, Private William Currey was later to be awarded the Victoria Cross

Australian Imperial Force

The 5th Division, 15th Brigade, 60th Battalion

This Battalion was a predominately Victorian unit, and its colour patches were White and Red.

It was originally raised in 1916, and saw service at the Gallipoli campaign.

It arrived in France on the 28th June, and also took part at the Battle of Fromelles. The battalion was to suffer 757 casualties, and was almost destroyed. They were to spend the next two and half years taking part in several significant actions.
They were to take part in the Battle of Amiens on 8th August 1918. In September 1918, with the AIF suffering considerable manpower shortages due to the heavy losses and insufficient replacements, one battalion in each brigade was ordered to disband to provide reinforcements to the other battalions within the brigade. Within the 15th brigade, it was the 60th Battalion who were ordered to disband. The men, however did not wish to be sent to other units and refused to obey the order to disband. It was only after the highly regarded Brigadier General Howard Elliott had spoken to them, that the men agreed. The Battalion was subsequently disbanded on 27th September 1918.

Australian Imperial Force

Knights Of The Skies


Knights Of The Skies – WWI

Raid on Saint Francis

Raid on Saint Francis, 1759

Peninsular War 1807-1814

Peninsular War 1807-1814

New King & Country Releases For July 2014!

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

“Per Mare…Per Terram”

That’s the motto of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines and it means “By sea…By Land” and it could equally apply to the officers and men of the Royal Navy. During the
18th and 19th Centuries Royal Navy officers and seamen often joined Marines in forming “landing parties” and “raiding forces” to harass and fight their enemies on land. Britain’s greatest naval hero Horatio Nelson himself often took part in such expeditions and with these 3 x new additions we show him and two of his officers ashore accompanying a group of Marines…in Napoleon’s Egypt.

  • NE045 — Rear Admiral Horatio Nelson – At the time of the Egyptian Campaign Nelson was still just a Rear Admiral. Here he is dressed in typical day uniform of his rank. He is not as flamboyantly dressed or decorated as he was at Trafalgar…or as much of a target. His green eye patch is neatly folded up on his hat exposing his blind right eye. His empty right sleeve pinned on to his jacket front.
  • NE046 — R.N. First Lieutenant – This officer is accompanying the fleet admiral and acts as both his Aide de Camp as well as nearest bodyguard with
    sword drawn…note the “Hussar-style” riding boots.
  • NE047 — R.N. Midshipman with Union Jack – A young naval officer trainee (probably 15 or 16 years of age) carries the Union flag (or jack) in one hand,
    navy cutlass in the other.

Napoleon In Egypt

“THE GOOD GERMAN”

Over the years K&C has produced a veritable “Rogue’s Gallery” of the Nazi hierarchy and their henchmen. Maybe it’s time we thought to honour a Nazi (or at least a member of the Nazi Party) who actually showed more than a measure of his humanity and compassion for his fellow human beings – Oskar Schindler!

  • FOB089 — Oskar Schindler & Itzhak Stern – During WW2 there were Germans who performed many acts of kindness and bravery protecting, helping and sometimes hiding Jews and others from Nazi persecution…maybe not many – but a precious few. One of the most notable and famous was Oskar Schindler whose story has been well told in Thomas Keneally’s book “Schindler’s List” as well as Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s Ark” movie. Here we see Oskar together with Itzhak Stern, the jewish accountant who helped run his firm and helped compile the famous “list” of men, women and children who were saved from almost certain death.
  • FOB099 — Refugee Mother & Son – A mother tenderly holds onto her young son…Are they British, German, French, Russian or Polish? Who knows? They are just the innocents caught up in a war.

Fields of Battle

“THE BLITZ!”

Between September 1940 and May 1941 there were major German bombing raids on 16 British cities, including London, Birmingham, Liverpool and Glasgow. Hundreds of thousands of homes, factories, schools and hospitals were destroyed and damaged the length and breadth of Britain with over 40,000 civilians killed and many more wounded.

Helping protect Britain’s cities and people were many organizations but few were more important or necessary as…The National Fire Service.

Created by combining the professional, full-time fire brigades and the auxiliary, part-time volunteers this new organization of fire-fighters fought the flames and the Germans at the same time.

K&C’s new “Fields of Battle” release portrays a group of NFS firemen performing a rescue and tackling the aftermath of yet another Luftwaffe “raid”.

  • FOB103 — Section Leader – Shouting instructions this fireman oversees his mates. Note the red band of a “Section Leader” on his helmet.
  • FOB104 — Fighting The Blaze – A 2-man team complete with their fire hose.
  • FOB105 — The Rescue – A fireman tenderly lifts a young girl to safety from the ruins of her home.
  • FOB106 — Fireman with Hose – Another fireman carries a rolled-up length of firehose on his shoulder.
  • FOB107 — Bedford 1939 Fire Engine – The NFS used a variety of many different vehicles and appliances – this 1939 vintage, Bedford Fire Truck was one of them…Please note the fireman’s hose of FOB104 can fit neatly onto a pump nozzle on the left rear side of the engine.

Fields of Battle

Desert Village

Many “Desert Village” collectors have bombarded us with requests for additional “wall-sections” for their Middle Eastern buildings and street scenes…Here they are…

  • SP061 — Desert Village/Compound Set – Five individual lengths of desert-coloured walls and corner pieces that can be used to extend and connect any of our DV structures. Very flexible…and useful!

Desert Village

“AT THE LITTLE BIG HORN”

Four more colourful and dynamic additions to this dramatic series.

  • TRW054 — Captain Tom Custer – The Colonel’s younger brother and Aide de Camp at the battle and on campaign. He too suffered the same fate as his elder brother. Here, the buckskin-clad Tom, a two-time Medal of Honor winner, looks desperately to his right…pistol in hard, ready for the worst!
  • TRW055(P) — Running Bull – A relative of the great Sioux leader “Sitting Bull” carries his “coup stick” as he prepares to “count coup” on his bluecoat
    enemies.
  • TRW056(P) — Hawk Man (casualty) – This Hunkpapa Sioux warrior is shot off his horse by…
  • TRW060 — The Pistoleer – A mounted cavalry trooper, his Army Colt levelled to the front, shoots down “Hawk Man”.

Battle of Little Big Horn June 25/26, 1876.

“UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT”


As we all know the Wehrmacht made the maximum use of any and all captured vehicles that came their way…and could also prove useful. Here’s one of the more unusual ones…

  • WS281 — The Renault U.E. Armoured Carrier – This lightly armoured “tankette” was able to tow small artillery pieces and mortars. When used by the
    Germans they were used for a variety of purposes including patrolling, pulling anti-tank guns and even hauling small supply trailers.

Normandy ’44 – Waffen-SS & Wehrmacht

Australian LightHorse


Australian Light Horse

New First Legion Releases Expected July 2014!

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Crusaders

Limited Collectors Edition of on 150 pieces.

Crusaders

American Revolution

The 38th Regiment landed in Boston in 1774 and took part in the battles at Lexington/Concord, Bunker Hill, Long Island, Brandywine, Germantown, and Monmouth Court house among others so this is one of the storied regiments of the war.

British 38th Regiment of Foot

Great War – German

New Series!


World War One – Germans

Vietnam

The heavy equipment starts to arrive.


Vietnam

WWII – Stalingrad Germans

Stalingrad Germans