Archive for February, 2016

New First Legion February Releases!

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

Glory of Rome


The backbone of the Roman Empire was certainly her Legions. For our initial release of Imperial Romans, we presented Legio I Minerva and Legio VI Victrix. Due to the success and rapid sellout of these figures, we are now following them up with Legio I Adiutrix and Legio II Augusta. The new legions feature unbleached tunics and skirts, Adiutrix with the classic “wreathe” shield and Augusta with the Eagle on a black shield. Legio I Adiutrix was formed in 68 AD and took part in a variety of battles and campaigns including Germanic/Marcomannic Wars under Marcus Aurelius, the final battle of which was featured in the opening of the film “Gladiator.” Legion II Augusta was one of the longest serving Legions, formed in the late republic and serving through the 4th Century most notably participating in the construction and defense of Hadrian’s Wall. Both are are a wonderful complement to Minerva and Victrix and allow for dioramas to now feature multiple legions each with a unique look deployed side by side.

Glory of Rome – Legio VI Victrix

Crusader Knights



Crusader Knights & Allies

Thirty Years War


The Thirty Years War was from 1618 to 1648 and was one of the bloodiest, most destructive conflicts in human history.     The roots of the war grew out of conflict between Catholics and Protestants but over time the war spread to involve most of the great European powers of the age and became much less about religion and much more about political hegemony.      The destruction brought by the war had a far reaching effect and was one of first examples of the concept of total war where civilian loss of life far outpaced battlefield losses through a combination of disease and famine.   In some nations, total population had been reduced by as much as 25% over this thirty year period.   As such a
militarily diverse period of history with so many belligerents involved, the types of figures we can create is limitless.   And of course all will be done to our extremely high levels of sculpting and painting.   We have launched the range with a release a bit on the lighter side with our rendition of the “Three Musketeers.”   These figures have an even higher level of sculpting and painting then our normal figures

Thirty Years War

Retreat from Russia


This is an incredibly atmospheric piece perfectly capturing the “feel” of Napoleon’s Retreat from Russia. This peasant’s sledge is being driven by an Artillery Train driver and the passengers consist of a wounded Italian infantry officer being held by a Cantiniere while a wounded French soldier sits on the rear conveying the misery he is enduring in the sub-zero temperatures.


Retreat from Russia

Stalingrad Germans


The winter version of our PzKpw IV Ausf F1 of the 14th Panzer Division! This incredibly detailed vehicle adds to your display options for the tank Battalions of the 14th Panzer Division. Winter crew figures which will complement the vehicle nicely will be coming soon.


Stalingrad Germans

New Collectors Showcase February Releases!

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

Roman Collection



Roman Collection

Iroquois Indian




American Revolution

Napoleonic – Prussians




Napoleonic – Prussians

German WWII




German WWII

Masterworks Collection




Masterworks Collection

New King and Country February Releases!

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

A Big Welcome to the Bent-Wing Bird!


As K&C moves further into WW2 in the Pacific and South East Asia there is one American fighter aircraft that will forever be associated with that mighty struggle against the military forces of the Empire of Japan… The Chance Vought F4U Corsair.

Nicknamed the “bent-wing bird” this U.S. fighter saw service with both the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy. In addition it flew with Britain’s Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm and the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

Postwar it flew on with the USMC in Korea (1950-53) and the French Aeronavale during the conflicts in Indochina… Algeria… and the Suez Operation. It also served with several South American nations.

Our first-released version is, however, a Corsair flown by one of the most famous USMC “aces”… Major Gregory “Pappy” Boyington.

  • AF032 — USMC F4U Corsair – This model is painted in the style and markings of one of the F4U’s flown by “Pappy” Boyington while he commanded Marine Squadron VMF-214.
    The three-tone colour scheme is typical of the 1942/43 period and has Boyington’s girlfriend’s name “Lucybelle”, painted just under the cockpit along with 16 of his eventual 26 “kill markings”.
    This model comes complete with the standing “Pappy” Boyington figure. Please note this figure is also available individually.
    PLEASE NOTE: Just 250 of this “Boyington Corsair” are being released… Other versions will follow.
  • AF033 — Lieut. Chris Magee USMC – Another top ace of VMF-214 was Chris Magee (1917-1995) a colourful character credited with 9 “kills” he was awarded the Navy Cross. After the war he dabbled in bootlegging and flew for Israel in the 1948 War of Independence. With his rakish moustache, baseball cap and easy grin he was a popular member of the squadron.
  • AF034 — Lieut. (later Lieut. Col.) John Bolt USMC – One more “pilot” of VMF-214 was John Bolt (1921-2004), a double ace with 6 victories in the Pacific War followed by 6 “kills” in the Korean Conflict. Here, he demonstrates how he shot down one of his Zero opponents.
  • AF035 — Airstrip Leathernecks – Two battle-worn “Mud-Marines” on guard duty to protect these precious F4U’s on their island airstrip. One carries the trusty “Garand“ M1… the other the Winchester Model 1912 shotgun… better known as the “Trench Gun”.
  • AF038 — VMF-214 Signpost – “Pappy” Boyington was well-known for his “salty” language and sense of humour and irreverent attitude to authority… This little squadron sign personifies it!
  • AF039 — Maj. Gregory “Pappy” Boyington USMC – To say that “Pappy” (1912-1988) had a chequered military career would be a slight exaggeration. A hell-raiser and defiant of authority by nature he was also a fine pilot and a born-leader. His active flying services took him to China where he flew with the “Flying Tigers” and also to the Pacific where he led VMF-214 and shot down the majority of his Japanese “kills”. Among
    his many awards were the “Medal of Honor” and the “Navy Cross”. He was eventually promoted to full colonel before retiring from the Marine Corps in 1947.

War in the Pacific – USMC

Heading Back to Dunkirk!


Six more French “Poilus” from the Fall of France head for the beaches… and, hopefully, safety.

Fields of Battle

First World War Fragments


France 1917

ARTILLERIE FRANCAISE


Four more French Line Artillerymen to join our previously released figures.

French Artillery, Infantry, and Dragoons.

Back to the Little Big Horn


Three Indian warriors plus three named “personalities” of the famous battle.

  • TRW084(P) — Flying Hawk – A kneeling warrior complete with buffalo head dress and a captured cavalry carbine.
  • TRW085(P) — Grey Fox – A sitting wounded Indian with warshield and Winchester repeating rifle. From someone, somewhere he has acquired an old Confederate Army tunic.
  • TRW086(P) — Bear Cub – One of the youngest participants in the battle… just 13… but with bow and arrow and ready to fight for his tribe and family.
  • TRW087 — Captain Frederick Benteen – One of the most controversial figures of the battle… He and his command were supposed to ride to Custer’s aid… He held back, preferring to support Major Marcus Reno’s beleaguered position than ride forward to almost certain death with Custer. Although he lived to tell the tale his military career was effectively over.
  • TRW088 — Major Marcus Reno – At the same time Custer and his men attacked the great Indian village, Reno and his troops were supposed to mount their own diversionary attack on a different part of the village. Forced to retreat to up above the village the attackers soon found themselves under attack from all sides. As stated earlier Benteen now joined them to reinforce their position. Reno’s career and military career suffered a similar fate to Benteen.
  • TRW089 — Bugler John Martin – Corporal / Bugler John Martin, was an Italian-American soldier who was attached to Custer’s force that attacked the great Indian village on the Little Big Horn. Just prior to the fateful charge Custer sent Martin back to Captain Benteen urging him to bring forward reinforcements and more ammunition. That lone mission undoubtedly saved Martin’s life as Custer and the rest of his 210 man command perished in the coming battle.

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

WEHRMACHT WOUNDED


  • WH046 — Battlefield Rescue – As one soldier almost lapses into unconsciousness his comrade pulls him to safety… the enemy are close on their heels!

German Wehrmacht

WEAPONS & EQUIPMENT


Individual weapons and accessories are always welcome to those collectors who enjoy creating their own dramatic scenes and dioramas… especially with WW2 themes. Here are K&C’s first two small sets…

  • DD290 — Allied Weapons Set – Three U.S. Army weapons… A Browning Automatic Rifle, a Thomson SubMachine Gun and an M1 “Garand” Rifle are joined by three famous British guns… the trusty “Bren” Gun… the Lee Enfield .303 and the basic “Sten” Gun PLUS 2 x U.S. Army “Jerricans”.
  • WS321 — German Weapons Set – Five fine examples of Nazi weaponry include the “classic” MP40, the Schmeisser Machine Pistol… the Panzerfaust, anti tank rocket… the MG34 and MG42 machine guns and the great Kar98 rifle. PLUS, this set also includes 2 x German “Jerricans”.

New Thomas Gunn February Releases!

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

Glory of Rome


ROM001 features a front rank legionnaire with Pilum lowered as he prepares to close with one of the many enemies that were Rome’s, at the height of its empire.

ROM005 are the second rank advancing, with Pilum raised marching in close formation behind the front rank.

The A version carry the classic Imperial Roman red shields and the B version carry the 30th legions black shields.

The A version is not limited and we will make as many as there is a demand for, the B version are limited to 100 pieces worldwide.

A signifier, an Imaginifer, an Aquilifer and a Centurion are all planned to accompany these advancing legionnaires

Glory of Rome

WWI


  • GW063 — Turkish sentry figure – Turkish sentry figure will look just the part in your WW1 collection, could be on parade or guarding a high ranking General, the choice is yours.

World War One

WWII – German


WWII German forces

WWII – Pacific


WWII Pacific

John Jenkins February Releases!

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

jjDESIGNS 10th ANNIVERSARY


The Saint-Chamond was the second French heavy tank of the First World War, with 400 manufactured from April 1917 to July 1918. Born of the commercial rivalry existing with the makers of the Schneider CA1 tank, the Saint-Chamond was an inadequate underpowered design. Its principal weakness was the “caterpillar” tracks. They were much too short in relation to the vehicle’s length and heavy weight (23 tons ). Later models, however, attempted to rectify some of the tank’s original flaws by installing wider and stronger track shoes, thicker frontal armor and the more effective 75mm M1897 field gun. The Saint-Chamond tanks remained engaged in various actions until the late summer of 1918, belatedly becoming more effective since combat had moved out of the trenches and onto open ground . Eventually, however, the Saint-Chamond tanks were scheduled to be entirely replaced by imported British heavy tanks.

On 11th June 1918, during a French counterattack triggered by the German offensive on the Matz River on the 9th June, Char St. Chamond No. 62668 of the second battery of AS 38 was captured by the German Infantry Regiment No.91 at Lataule. The vehicle which displayed the name “Petit Jean” (Little John), also the slogan “Pas Kamarad” (No Mercy) and the image of a crocodile, had apparently got lost and finally became stuck in a cemetery wall.

Luckily for the French crew, the Germans did not heed the slogan, “Pas Kamarad”, and Marechal de Logis Durand and his crew went into captivity unharmed.

The tank was salvaged with the assistance of an A7V, and sent to B.A.K.P 20, where it was recorded as being under reconstruction. Apparently the intent of the German mechanical engineers, was to study the vehicles petro-electrical transmission, rather than converting it into a German fighting tank.

FRENCH TANK CAMOUFLAGE: THE “CAMOUFLEURS”

The French army pioneered the use of pattern-painted camouflage in the first World War. At the start of the war most heavy equipment was painted an artillery grey. Tanks were part of the artillery therefore the first tanks were painted artillery grey. This was quickly overpainted with garish camouflage colours. French interest in camouflage painting had been inspired by Guirand de Scevola, an academic painter who was serving in the artillery near Metz. The painter was familiar with artistic theories especially cubism, and persuaded his unit’s officer to let him try disguising the unit’s gun batteries. His effort was so successful that the Ministry of War established the “Section Camouflage” which recruited artists and craftsmen. These early camouflage attempts tended to be quite intricate and fussy, involving multiple paint colours, and required considerable skill to apply. By late 1917, this changed to simpler patterns that could be applied by minimally skilled workers which could be applied at the factory or depots.

French Army

Provincial Regiments 1759

Provincial Regiments 1759

WWI – German

The STURMPANZER A7V was a tank introduced by Germany in 1918, during World War I. One hundred chassis were ordered in early 1917, ten to be finished as fighting vehicles with armoured bodies, and the remainder as cargo carriers. The number to be armoured was later increased to 20. They were used in action from March to October of that year, and were the only tanks produced by Germany in World War I to be used in operations.

Unlike modern tanks, the A7V has no turret. Instead, it has a cupola for the commander and driver, and its main gun, a 57mm Maxim-Nordenfelt, is carried in a mounting in the front, allowing limited traverse. Six Maxim 08 machine guns are carried in mountings, two on each side and two to the rear.

The crew normally consisted of up to seventeen soldiers and one officer: commander (officer, typically a lieutenant), driver, mechanic, mechanic/signaller, twelve infantrymen (six machine gunners, six loaders), and two artillerymen (main gunner and loader).

Crews for the small German Tank Arm were drawn from the various branches of the Army, all according to their usage: gunners from the artillery, signallers from the communications branch, machine-gunners from the infantry, drivers, mechanics and commanders from the motor troops. They had no special uniform or insignia, and used the standard field uniform. Neither did they have any special insignia, but used the ones of their original organisations. Leather patches were worn on knee and elbow

Also the German Tankers were issued overalls. These were one-piece suits, made either in heavy cloth or in leather; they were normally restricted to drivers, and sometimes to the mechanics as well. They were often worn together with a low, padded, dome-shaped crash helmet. These overalls came with buttons and loops on the shoulders, to allow for the attachment of shoulder straps. German Tankers also used the same type of strange mailed face mask as the British, and often these masks seems to have been captured equipment.


German Army

WWI- British


British Forces

Battle of Gallipoli 1915


Battle of Gallipoli 1915

THE QUEBEC LANDING BARGE THE BATTLE OF THE PLAINS OF ABRAHAM 1759


The Quebec landing Barge, 1758 (c). This type of barge was used during General Wolfe’s landing at Quebec in 1759. It was developed around 1758 for use in seaborne attacks on French ports. Assault landing techniques were devised with the aid of Royal Navy officers, and as well as at Quebec, spectacularly successful results were achieved during the Seven Years War (1756-1763) at Louisbourg (Cape Breton, Canada) in 1758 and at the Spanish fortress of Havana (Cuba) in 1762.

The boat has 13 crew and 24 Grenadiers.

The boat is produced in 3 main pieces, so that the set can be displayed on its own stand, or as a waterline model.

Captain James Cook the famous British Explorer was a young MASTER on HMS Pembroke during the Quebec Siege, and was placed in charge of organizing the Landing barges.


The 15th Regiment of Foot was raised in 1685 under Sir William Clifton, and was known as Clifton’s Regiment of Foot. In 1702, the regiment formed part of Marlborough’s Army, distinguishing itself at the battles of Blenheim, Ramilles, Malplaquet and Oudenarde. The regiment was numbered the 15th Regiment of Foot in 1751 and was heavily engaged during the French and Indian War. The 15th Foot “took the fort” at Louisburg in 1758 and was part of General Wolfe’s Army fighting on the Plains of Abraham, above the city of Quebec, on September 13, 1759. The 15th Regiment of Foot saw action during the defense of Quebec and took part in the expedition against Montreal in 1760


Battle of the Plains of Abraham