For as long as I can remember I have always loved the stories, legends and films about “Robin Hood” and his exploits.
Some time ago I was watching, for the umpteenth time, the classic Warner Brothers “The Adventures of, Robin Hood”, the great 1938 swash-buckler starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone and Claude Rains.
Not for the first time, I thought why don’t K&C do a “Robin Hood” series that can draw on the influences and inspiration of movies like this one as well as another old favourite…the 1952 British “Robin Hood” film starring a young and dashing “Richard Todd”. Even further back was another inspirational picture, the Douglas Fairbank’s “Robin Hood” silent movie, made back in 1922.
All of these wonderful adventure films as well as books and comics of my youth provided a wealth of material to build a series around.
RH001 — Robin Hood – Over the centuries our hero has had many
names…Robin, Earl of Huntington…Robin of Loxley…Robyn of York…and many,
many others. However, one thing all the stories agree upon was that he was a
highly skilled archer and swordsman. In addition, he is often portrayed as
“robbing from the rich and giving to the poor”. And traditionally, he was also
garbed in “a coat of Lincoln Green”…particularly useful and sensible if you
are going to hide out from your enemies in a forest! Our “Robin” stands
four-square, one hand on hip and holding his longbow in the other. As you can
see he’s not completely in “Lincoln Green”, his earth brown doublet makes a nice
contrast to the rest of him but he still has that quietly confident look about
him and seems ready to spring into action at a moment’s notice should
circumstance demand it.
RH002 — Will Scarlett – One of Robin’s most trusted
Lieutenant’s and… a pretty fair archer in his own right. Bow and arrow in hand
the more colorful Will still has a “splash” of Lincoln Green in his dress but,
as can be seen, it’s easy to see how he got his name!
RH003 — Friar Tuck – In many of the stories and Legends of
Robin Hood a common character is this corpulent and roguish churchman. In most
tales he is depicted as a well-fed, jovial monk with a fondness for good food
and fine ale…although he has a fiery temper into the bargain. He’s also handy
with a quarter staff and sword.
SPECIAL NOTE:Look out for many more of Robin’s “Merrie Men” in coming months as well as…”Guy of Gisbourne” and some of the Sherrif of Nottingham’s nasty, Norman underlings!!!
Napoleonic – French 7th Hussars
NA308 — The Eating Horse – A standing horse belonging to a 7th
Hussar enjoys his mid- day meal.
French 7th Hussars
Remember the Alamo
RTA087 — Firing New Orlenas Grey – A standing firing “Grey” from
the famous volunteer unit that fought at the Alamo.
RTA088 — Pistoleer – One of the New Orleans “Greys”…an
officer, fires his pistol in one hand, his sword in the other.
RTA086 — Advancing Firing – A bandanna covering his head this
young Tejano fires his musket.
RTA089 — Mexican Officer with Pistol
RTA090 — Mexican Drummer
RTA091 — Mexcian Flagbearer
Remember the Alamo
Montgomery’s 8th Army
This first batch of turbaned “Desert Warriors” belong to the famous 4th. Indian Division also known as “The Red Eagle Division”.
The Division was formed in Egypt in 1939 and was the first Indian Army formation to go overseas during the Second World War. In addition to fighting in North Africa the Division saw action in Italy as well.
Today the Division still plays an important combat role in the modern, independent Indian Army.
EA101 — Sikh Grenadier – Lee Enfield rifle in one hand…Mills Bomb
in the other!
EA102 — Fire Team – Kneeling and standing Sikh riflemen picking
out their targets.
EA103 — Sikh Motar Team – Two kneeling Sikh infantrymen manning
their 81mm mortar.
EA104 — Tommy Gun Sergeant – Sikh NCO leads his men forward to
engage the enemy.
EA105 — “Charge!” – Bayonets fixed…and a rapid
advance to the front…”Watch out Fritz!!!
EA106 — M3 Stuart “Honey” Desert Tank – In support of
our 4th Indian Division Sikh infantry is this iconic tracked desert
warrior…the American-built, British M3 Stuart (also known as the “Honey”). Our
model is in the markings of the 7th Armoured Division, the famous “Desert Rats”
and comes with a sitting, full-body vehicle commander in the open top turret
Montgomery’s 8th Army
Long before the outbreak of WW2 Adolf Hitler, the failed artist, had great
visions for the great, new Germany he wanted to build once he had defeated and
conquered all his enemies…
Of prime importance in Hitler’s dreams was his wish to build not only a new capital for Germany…He wanted to build a new city that would be the capital of all of German-dominated Europe! And he was going to call it “GERMANIA”.
Here, we see Hitler, together with his favourite architect Albert Speer overlooking a scale model of just part of their grandiose town-planning scheme for the bigger, better, bolder Berlin.
The Fuhrer, leaning over the model, uses a magnifying glass to examine all the fine detail to ensure nothing has been left out…
By his side stands the pensive (and proud) Speer happy to see his leader’s appreciation of his and his team’s work.
Up until almost the final days of the Fall of Berlin one of Hitler’s favourite past times was to visit and inspect the many architectural models of “Germania”, his great capital city that would never be built!
Fields of Battle
FoB111 — The Panhard 178 Armoured Car– This was an advanced, for
its time, French reconnaissance 4 x 4 armoured car that was designed for
France’s motorized cavalry regiments just before the outbreak of WW2. With a
crew of 4, it mounted a 25mm main gun and 7.5mm coaxial machine gun. After the
defeat of France in June 1940 many were taken over by the Wehrmacht and used
extensively throughout the rest of the war…Usually on “internal security” and
“anti-partisan” duties on the Eastern Front. Our new K&C Panhard comes in
typical early war French-style camouflage and includes a vehicle commander
figure in the turret.
FoB112 — Standing Armoured Car Crewman – Dressed in the
standard armoured corps leather jerkin, holding his helmet and wearing his beret
this soldier could only…be French!
FoB113 — Walking Ready Poilu – During the battle for France in
May and June 1940 the greatest burden and casualties fell on the French
infantry. Here this “Poilu” warily advances (or perhaps retreats) rifle at the
ready. His uniform and equipment has barely changed since 1918!
FoB114 — Marching Poilus – As one “Poilu” mops his brow the
other doggedly marches on in this little 2-man set of French infantrymen.
FoB115 — Marching Machine Gunner – Carrying his FM24/29 Light
Machine Gun another Poilu looks out for the enemy. This robust and reliable
weapon was partly derived from the M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) and
served the French Army for more than 50 years! It was the standard squad-level
automatic weapon and saw plenty of action in WW2 as well as postwar in Indo
China and Algeria.
FoB116 — Marching Medic – All armies need medics and stretcher
bearers and the French army was no exception…Here our “Poilu Medic” shoulders
the folded stretcher as well.
FoB117 — Hotchkiss Machine Gun Crew Set – Originally developed
for use in the First World War, this tripod-mounted gun was a sturdy and
reliable source of firepower during the early stages of WW2. As one of our
gunners observes the enemy through his binos the other prepares to open fire.
Fields of Battle
Operation Market Garden
Arnhem’s German Military Commander, General Friedrich Kussin had the fatal misfortune to run into some of the advancing British paratroopers on the outskirts of the Dutch town.
A fusillade of rifle and machine gunfire raked the General’s car and killed both his driver and himself!
Our CITROEN TRACTION staff car was one of the thousands that the Wehrmacht took over after the Fall of France in 1940.
As the General’s ill-fated driver sits slumped dead behind the wheel the senior officer himself has been dragged lifeless out of the car and left `half in-half out’ of the vehicle.
Looks great with some Paras standing around!
MG060(P) — Standing Bren Gunner – Perhaps one of General Kussin’s
MG064(P) — Ready Rifleman – Alert for action! As this para lowers his Lee
Enfield .303 his finger is still on the trigger.
MG066 — Airbrone Container – Hundreds of these large metal
supply containers were dropped all over Arnhem…Alas, many fell into German
hands…Those that did land safely contained extra weapons and ammunition as
well as food and medical supplies. Set includes both containers
WH044 — “Arnhem Ambush!”
WH045 — Lying Dead German Officer – Another victim of the
`ambush’…This officer lies dead on the road next to the car…or he can be
used in a 101 different ways to suit your own collection.
Operation Market Garden