Archive for August, 2015

New First Legion September Releases!

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

Crusaders



Mamluks

American Revolution – British Foot Artillery


British Foot Artillery of the American Revolution. With five crew figures and an officer manning the wonderful 6lb gun.



British Foot Artillery

Napoleonic – Austrian Artillery


Continue the Battle of Aspern Essling with the addition of these wonderful Austrian Artillery figures. With six different figures and 2 cannon variants, there are a variety of display options and Aspern Essling (or other dioramas featuring Napoleonic Austrians) can really take to take shape. There are a few interesting points about Austrian artillery. First, the gunners consisted entirely of volunteers, not conscripts, given them a high level of professionalism and esprit de corps. Second, the Austrians were the only major nationality to not have a fully developed system of horse artillery and gunners didn’t have individual horses to ride during movement. They rode either on modified caissons or made use of a seat that was designed to sit on the gun trail and we have presented that option here with the 7 pound howitzer.


Austrian Artillery

World War One – Germans




World War One – Germans

WWII – Battle of Normandy




Battle of Normandy

New Thomas Gunn Releases For September!

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

NAPOLEONIC WAR


There are 2 versions, a ‘smart’ A version and a B version with 2 patches to his trousers, to add some variety for those of you who wish to buy more than one piece. Four more KGL are being sculpted to this very collectable line. Some Prussians are also due.



Napoleonic

SCRAMBLE FOR AFRICA

17th Lancers Cavalry soldier this time with different markings to the horse.



African Wars

FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION




French Foreign Legion

WORLD WAR 2 – German




WWII German forces

WORLD WAR 2 – American



WWII Allied Forces

New John Jenkins Releases For September!

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Knights of the Skies


The wings of the Eindeckers were removable and could be stored alongside the fuselage for transportation. Using small fittings on the side of the fuselage and under the edge of the wings it seems this was all that was needed to hold them securely. These planes could then be transported by truck to the airfields.



Knights Of The Skies – WWI

British Army WWI




British Forces

French Army WWI




French Army

Battle of Gallipoli 1915


William Edward ‘Billy’ Sing, DCM (2 March 1886 – 19 May 1943) was a part Chinese/ Australian soldier who served in the Australian Imperial Force during World War I, best known as a sniper during the Gallipoli Campaign He took at least 150 confirmed kills during that campaign, and may have had over 200 kills in total. One contemporary estimate put his tally at close to 300 kills

A biography by John Hamilton, Gallipoli Sniper: The life of Billy Sing, was published in 2008.

Biographer John Hamilton described the Turkish terrain thus: “It is a country made for snipers. The Anzac and Turkish positions often overlooked each other. Each side sent out marksmen to hunt and stalk and snipe, to wait and shoot and kill, creeping with stealth through the green and brown shrubbery …” Sing was partnered with spotters Ion ‘Jack’ Idriess and, later, Tom Sheehan. The spotter’s task was to observe (spot) the surrounding terrain and alert the sniper to potential targets. Idriess described Sing as “a little chap, very dark, with a jet black moustache and goatee beard. A picturesque looking mankiller. He is the crack shot of the Anzacs.”



Battle of Gallipoli 1915

LIVERIES AND BADGES

By the time of the Wars Of The Roses, badges were of considerable importance. These along with the Livery Colours were closely associated with what was then known as Livery and Retaining (Bastard Feudalism).
The badges were rarely worn by their owners, for they were marks of ownership. They were, however, worn by his servants, house-hold men, retainers, and probably temporarily by the adherents to his cause.
So great and extensive was the use of these badges, that they were far more generally employed than the coat of arms. For where a man’s badge would be common knowledge and bear some repute throughout the kingdom, few people would know what his coat of arms looked like.

THE YORKIST ARMY

THE RETINUE OF KING RICHARD III


The Royalist Army was led by King Richard III.

Richard formed his army into three divisions or ‘battles”, The Vanguard or main “battle” was under the command of the Duke of Norfolk, the main body was led by Richard, and the rearguard under the command of the Earl of Northumberland

THE RETINUE OF JOHN HOWARD, 1st DUKE OF NORFOLK


Richard’s most loyal subject was John Howard, 1st Duke of Norfolk. The duke had served Richard’s brother for many years and was one of Edward IV’s closer confidantes, he was a military veteran, having fought in the Battle of Towton in 1461 and served as Hastings’ deputy at Calais in 1471.

THE LANCASTRIAN ARMY

THE RETINUE OF HENRY TUDOR


Having not fought in any battles, Henry Tudor was not regarded as much of a warrior. Chroniclers of the period found him more interested in commerce and finance. Having spent the first fourteen years of his life in Wales and the next fourteen in Brittany and France, Henry Tudor was therefore unfamiliar with the arts of war and a stranger to the land he was trying to conquer. But he was known as being strong and decisive.

THE RETINUE OF JOHN DE VERE, 13th EARL OF OXFORD,


Henry recruited several experienced veterans on whom he could rely for military advice and the command of his armies, most notably John de Vere, 13th Earl of Oxford, who was Henry’s principal military commander.
Henry Tudor decided to commit most of his small force into one single large division or “battle” and place it under the command of the Earl of Oxford.



Wars of the Roses 1455-1487

Britain’s New Arrivals For August

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

New Arrivals For August – Expected Later This Month!
Clash of Empires




Clash of Empires

Napoleonic




Napoleonic Collection

American Civil War



American Civil War

WWI German Forces 1916 -1918




WWI German Forces 1916 -1918


New King & Country August Releases

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

King Arthur & The Knights of the Round Table


  • MK146 — Sir Gawain – Said to be related to Arthur himself and Sir Lancelot’s most trusted friend.
  • MK147 — Sir Geraint – Reputed to be one of Arthur’s ablest knights but impulsive by nature with a fiery temper.
  • MK148 — Sir Bedivere – One of Arthur’s most senior knights and the King’s own marshal. He is also the knight who casts the sword “Excalibur”
    back in the lake and into the hands of the “Lady of the Lake”.
  • MK149 — Sir Tristan – Originally from Cornwall in the south west of England, Tristram journeyed to the court of Arthur to become a knight of the Round Table.



King Arthur & The Knights of the Round Table

English Civil War – Pike & Musket


Alexander Dumas’ tale of a young man from Gascony, D’Artagnan, who journeys to Paris to join the King’s Musketeers of the Guard is a historical novel that incorporates many real figures and events of the period.

He soon meets three actual Musketeers, Athos, Porthos and Aramis and the four then, together, embark on a series of adventures that have been told and retold, time and time again in both films and television.

At K&C we are including these (and more famous figures from the book and movies) in our “Pike & Musket” series because the historical time period (1625) is relatively close to the era of “The Thirty Years” War (1618-1648) and, of course, “The English Civil War” (1642-1651). The uniforms, weapons and costumes of civilians and the military alike of that time changed very little and all of our figures and accessories are compatible…and realistically authentic.

In this specially – designed set Athos, Aramis & Porthos, stand alongside the youthful D’Artagnan swords drawn and ready to fight the Cardinal’s Guards!

All three Musketeers wear the “classic” blue cassock adorned with a beautiful hand-woven cross and decoration. Typical of the period the rest of their attire is their own personal dress.

D’Artagnan wears a simple plain tunic befitting a young well-born gentleman from the provinces.

SPECIAL NOTE: Look out for additional characters from the Dumas novel in coming months.



English Civil War – Pike & Musket

French 7th Hussars


Five more additions to provide an even fuller and more comprehensive picture of military life behind the front lines in the Age of Napoleon.



French 7th Hussars

France 1917




France 1917

D-Day ’44


All figures are available as either 82nd “All-American” or 101st “Screaming Eagles”.



D-Day ’44

German Wehrmacht


  • WH034 — Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus – The ill-fated commander of the German 6th Army at Stalingrad. Our figure is based on an image of a dejected
    and haggard Paulus marching into Russian captivity after the surrender of his forces in the beleaguered Soviet city. Hitler expected that the Field Marshal
    would commit suicide rather than surrender. While in Russian captivity Paulus became a vocal critic of the Nazis…Released in 1953 he lived the rest of his
    life in what was then communist East Germany. He died in 1957.
  • WH035 — “Battlefield Rescue” – A German medic in the lead and another soldier following him struggle to carry a badly-wounded comrade to safety whilst the battle goes on around them.
  • WH036 — Kneeling Grenadier – This “soldaten” is about to pull
    the pin of his “potato masher”.

  • WH037 — This Way Lads!
    – Rifle in hand another kneeling
    soldier, a Feldwebel (a German NCO) indicates where he wants his squad to move
    to.

  • WH038 — Running Rifleman Grenadier
    – Head down and running
    quickly this soldier is carrying his K98 (Karabiner 98) rifle in one hand…and
    a grenade in the other.

  • WH039 — Running and Shouting
    – In the heat of battle this
    soldier is shouting out some kind of warning.


German
Wehrmacht

Normandy ’44 – Waffen-SS & Wehrmacht


In June 1940, after the Fall of France, the Germans found they had captured thousands of French (and plenty of British) vehicles and all kinds of armour.

Among their captures were over 300 French “Lorraine” artillery tractors and armoured personnel carriers. Soon they were utilizing these and many others to mount all kinds of anti-tank guns to provide much needed artillery support for their troops on the Eastern Front.

More than 170 “Lorraines” were converted to carry the standard German 75mm anti tank gun in an armoured cupola.

Although most served in Russia a substantial number were supplied to the 21st. Panzer Division and saw plenty of action in Normandy after the invasion.



Normandy ’44 – Waffen-SS & Wehrmacht

Diorama and Scenic Building Collection


In
2014, one of the K&C Diorama Workshop’s show displays received a lot of very
positive feedback from both collectors and dealers…”The German Field
Hospital”…Why not, we thought, design and produce a special 2-part display
piece that could be adapted to represent a number of different kinds of
structures that could fit in with a range of varying conflicts, campaigns and
wars…All you have to do is change the building’s signage…or even leave it
unadorned…and you have a great battlefield backdrop!

This two-storey, brick structure is typical of industrial-type buildings that were built from the mid-19th Century until the first quarter of the 20th Century and could be found all over Europe…East and West.

In a wartime scenario, either WW1 or WW2, buildings like this one were utilized for all kinds of purposes. K&C has provided you with 4 great suggestions and a sheet *of signs that could be attached permanently or temporarily to provide the perfect battlefield backdrop for both figures and fighting vehicles.

* The sheet includes signs and posters for the following:

  • 1. German Field Hospital (either WW1 or WW2)
  • 2. British Casualty Clearing Station (either WW1 or WW2)
  • 3. Russian Factory (WW2)
  • 4. French Auto Depot (WW2)

Collectors, of course, can make up their own signage to fit this really useful building.



Diorama and Scenic Building Collection