Archive for March, 2016

First Legion April Releases!

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

American Civil War


So what exactly is our “Mass Battle” Series? Our Mass Battle figures have our same world class figure sculpting but with a neat, crisp, and tidy level of painting allowing us to bring them to you at a price point starting at only $36.95, almost half the cost of our normal connoisseur level figures. We are launching this series for a variety of reasons, but the primary ones are to allow collectors to build very large dioramas (i.e. “Mass Battles”) at a lower cost than if using only our connoisseur level of figures. Additionally, as costs continue to go up be it because of wage increases or because we are pushing our connoisseur quality to ever higher levels, we want to provide a more entry level figure so that we can reach a broader range of collectors around the world. The new Mass Battle figures can be used in dioramas in combination with our connoisseur figures allowing for both quality and quantity in the same display. We will focus the series on ranges that lend themselves to these larger dioramas and as such we have decided to launch the series with MB001-MB019 ACW Confederates. One important point to note about the future and direction of the series is that it will not be simply offering the same exact figures in a lower painting quality. On the contrary, while we will leverage our existing figure sculpts, figures in the MB series will be new and unique thus making them desirable not only to collectors for whom price is a more sensitive issue, but also our current customer base to be used to complement their existing collection. As an example of what I mean, we may take some French Line infantry sculpts and release them as Swiss or Italians for the Mass Battle Series or perhaps convert Dutch Guard Lancers to Polish Guard Lancers for MB release. So all of the figures in the MB series will be unique and new and not simply a lower cost version of what we’ve already done to Connoisseur quality. We feel this is an exciting development for the hobby as the figures in the series represent an extreme value for what you get for the money. Simply put, our goal is to make the finest figures in the world at their price point and the Mass Battle series will be no exception to this

  • Please click on the Mass Battle link  for the a complete look at the new
    Mass Battle Series.



Mass Battle Series Confederate Infantry

Thirty Years War


For
the Thirty Years War we have sets TYW002-TYW003 Thirty Years War “Duellists”.
Like the “Three Musketeers” released last month, these figures are just
incredible in terms of the quality of the sculpting and painting.



Thirty Years War

WWII Eighth Army


DAK range we have DAK032-DAK037 British 8th Army Infantry.



British Eighth Army

Glory of Rome


For our Glory of Rome range we have figures ROM159-ROM163 Roman Testudo. Our original Testudo was extremely popular, so we have brought the figures back in a new form with black shields with the classic wreathe pattern. And for those of you who want some command figures to go with your Testudo, the command figures of Legio II Augusta fit perfectly as they have the same pattern on their small round shields.



Roman Testudo

American Revolution – Woodland Indians


Woodland Indians for our American Revolution product range with sets AWI096-AWI100. These are some truly wonderful figures including an Elder Chief,
a canoe set, and a squaw and her children among other things!



Woodland Indians

New John Jenkins April Releases!

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Great War – Egypt 1915


In 1915, Egypt was the centre of the war effort in the near East. Units would strike westwards into the Sahara desert to deal with dissident tribes who were goaded into action by the Turks, or were sent northwards into Gaza to confront the Turkish army itself.
The Sennussi were a warlike Arab religious sect encouraged by the Turks to tie down as many British troops as possible. Model T Ford cars, escorted by Rolls- Royce armoured cars were used to patrol the desert, and to launch daring raids against the Sennussi.
The most important British armoured car of the first World War was undoubtedly the Rolls-Royce. In terms of the numbers built, effective design and all round quality it was unequalled, and is now taken to typify the vintage armoured car.

The Hedjaz Armoured Car Section, was an unit of three Rolls Royce armoured cars, which operated alongside the irregular forces inspired and guided by T.E Lawrence. This unit also acted independently and mounted long range raids, such as the succesful raid against the Amman railway bridge in September 1918.
The armoured cars earned Lawrence’s respect for their reliability and effectiveness, and in his “Seven Pillars of Wisdom” he mentions that “a Rolls in the desert was above rubies”.


Egypt 1915

Great War – 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

GALLIPOLI CAMPAIGN 1915




Battle of Gallipoli 1915

Knights of the Skies


The Fokker E.III was the main variant of the Eindecker (monoplane) fighter aircraft of World War I. It entered service on the Western Front in December 1915 and was also supplied to Austria-Hungary and Turkey.
The E.III was the first type to arrive in sufficient numbers to form small specialist fighter units, Kampfeinsitzer Kommandos (KEK) in early 1916. Previously, Eindeckers had been allocated singly, just as the E.I and E.II had been, to the front-line Feldflieger Abteilungen that carried out reconnaissance duties. On 10 August 1916, the first German Jagdstaffeln (single-seat fighter squadrons) were formed, initially equipped with various early fighter types, including a few E.IIIs, which were by then outmoded and being replaced by more modern fighters. Standardisation in the Jagdstaffeln (and any real success) had to wait for the availability in numbers of the Albatros D.I and Albatros D.II in early 1917.

Fokker production figures state that 249 E.IIIs were manufactured

Square markings weren’t applied to Ottoman aircraft until April 1916. Hans J. Buddecke’s Fok.E.III 96/15 was in standard Fokker Factory finish of clear doped unbleached linen fabric, with a clear varnish top coat to waterproof the fabric. The Iron Crosses and white cross field were over painted black leaving a 50 mm wide white square border in all six places, On the rudder the cross was over painted black forming a square. This was with Fliegerabteilung 5, located at Smyrna Airfield, Turkey, around April 1916.
It is written that Buddeke refers to his aircraft in his book El Schahin as ” my yellow bird with the black threatening eyes”.

The E.III piloted by Hauptmann Hans-Joachim Buddecke was the aircraft used by the German pilot when he was sent to Gallipoli, in Turkey, to fight with Ottoman FA 6 (6 Bölük, Kuvva-i Havvaie) against the Royal Naval Air Service, from December 1915 to August 1916. There he performed a successful campaign, with four victories confirmed and seven unconfirmed. Credited with thirteen victories, Buddecke saw combat also in Bulgaria and on the Western Front and he was the third ace, after Max Immelmann and Oswald Boelcke, to earn the Pour le Mérite medal.

In late August 1916 was recalled to the Western Front as leader of the newly formed Royal Prussian Jagdstaffel 4. There he reached other three victories in September 1916. After that he went back to Turkey, joining the Ottoman FA5, and scored two victories in Smirne by March 1917. In early 1918, he was again in France with the Jasta 30, and following was assigned to Royal Prussia Jagdstaffel 18. He was killed in action on 10 March 1918, during an aerial combat over Lens, France.



Knights Of The Skies – WWI

French & Indian Wars – Provincial Regiments 1759


July 1755, after Braddock’s defeat in an ambush on the Monongahela, Pennsylvanians, who until then had no militia forces, started to organise a defence. The governor gave orders to build forts at Carlisle and Shippensburg and to organize 4 companies of volunteers. In October, the French and Canadiens with their Indian Allies began to launch raids on the border of Pennsylvania. On November 25, a “Militia Act” was passed in response to the border massacres perpetrated by the Susquehanah and Ohio Delawares. On November 27, the Assembly of Pennsylvania voted funds to build forts and to replace militia companies with a Provincial Regiment which was originally formed from pre-existing volunteers and militia around the Susquehanah River. Most men enlisted for less than six months.
In March 1756, the regiment was formally organised into two battalions: the one east of the river were commanded by Lieutenant-colonel Conrad Weiser, while the one to the west of the river was led by Colonel John Armstrong. Later, a third battalion was raised under Colonel William Clapham, to defend the area of Augusta, Pennsylvania. Afterwards, the Pennsylvania Provincials were reorganized into 2 regiments: the 1st (Augusta) regiment, formed of one battalion under Clapham, and the 2nd, comprising the other two battalions.


Provincial Regiments 1759

THE BATTLE OF BOSWORTH FIELD 1485


The following prototypes will be on display at the London show in early April

In an effort to destroy Henry Tudor, Richard decided to leave his position on Ambion Hill, leading his household retainers down the slope, thundering towards Henry’s men with levelled lances.

A few of the key personalities involved in King Richard’s heroic last charge will be available in the summer.

King Richard III and his standard bearer, Sir Percival Thirlwall, charge towards Henry Tudor and his standard bearer William Brandon.


New for April



Wars of the Roses 1455-1487

jjDESIGNS 10th ANNIVERSARY


For March we continue the 10th Anniversary celebrations, with the first of several “BOOSTER/STARTER” Sets! Nine new Royal Marine Light Infantry figures will be on display at the London Toy Soldier show in April.

Ten of the current Royal Marine Light Infantry figures will be packaged in one box and offered at a special 10th Anniversary Price.



First Sudan War 1884 – 1885

King and Country Additional Release update

Saturday, March 12th, 2016

Gang of Heroes


  • WS308 — SS-Oberscharfuhrer Karl Otto – When we released the original “Karl Otto’s Tiger” WS311 back in March 2015 we knew it would be a popular “add-on” to our “Gang of Heroes” set… And highly popular it proved to be as it quickly sold out ! More than a few collectors however requested that “Karl Otto” should also be released as an individual figure so that he could be used with other K&C German tanks… Well, here he is… minus his Tiger!
  • WS322 — Tiger 113 – As well as suggesting a solo “Karl Otto” other movie buff collectors wanted the other 2 x “Tigers” that appeared in the movie “Kelly’s Heroes”… Here is #”113” complete with “Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler” tank commander leaning out of the top turret hatch.
  • WS323 — Tiger 114 – “Tiger 114” completes the trio of “Movie Tigers” that appeared in the film and again comes with a vehicle commander in the open top turret hatch.



Gang of Heroes

Hitler’s Final Days


  • WS320 — Hitler’s Bunker (2nd version) – After the first release sold out we decided to bring out another version but with a different Nazi slogan “Mit dem Fuhrer zum Sieg!” (With the Fuhrer to Victory!)



Hitler’s Final Days

New Hobby Master Releases

Saturday, March 12th, 2016

New Releases Expected June 2016!
Modern Air Power Collection




Modern Air Power Collection

Air Power Collection (Propeller Powered) – 1:72




Air Power Collection (Propeller Powered) – 1:72 & 1:32 Scale.

Air Power Collection (Propeller Powered) – 1:48 Scale




Air Power Collection (Propeller Powered) – 1:48 Scale.


New Thomas Gunn March Releases

Saturday, March 12th, 2016

New Releases Expected Late March 2016!
Napoleonic – Kings German Legion.


The last of our Napoleonic Kings German Legion figures for a little while, all making a magnificent charge in various different poses across the battlefield for death or glory!


Napoleonic

Zulu Wars


A return to South Africa where British redcoats battled the mighty Zulu nation as well as the Boers. When we made the original SFA016 we had many requests for the redcoats to have a more traditional look and we have therefore added gaiters to one of the figures and both now sport bleached British army Pith style headdress. One redcoat takes aim whilst the other advances somewhat more cautiously.

African Wars

WWI


Moving forward to WW1 we are pleased to offer the first of our airfield accessory sets which I am sure many will find very useful to enhance their dioramas. This set comprises a very worn looking work table, flare pistol, 2 aerial cameras, wooden case full of camera lens, 2 bombs, wicker chair and a tall ladder, 9 pieces in total.



World War One

WWII – Pacific


Quite a lot on offer for the Far East as we start off with ACC PACK 0011 the long awaited jungle hut in 2 versions. The A version comes as a simple building, suitable as a diorama backdrop or storeroom. The B version has 2 open windows and a floor fitted so that figures can be placed inside, so a little more flexible but alas a little more expensive! Can be used for any number of Far East conflicts right up until the 1970’s and beyond I suspect.


WWII Pacific

US Marine Corps


Features a beautifully painted figure this time stood casually with left hand in his pocket. The A version is dressed in US Army olive drab greens with trousers tucked into his gaiters whilst the B figure, (our first US Marine) with camouflage helmet cover but this time wears his gaiters more casually under his trousers.



WWII Allied Forces

WWII – German


This time a Panzer Grenadier variant with a nicely camouflaged pair of figures sitting round a camp fire whilst preparing dinner! There are two versions available in either Normandy (A Version) and a Winter (B version)



WWII German forces


New King & Country March Releases

Saturday, March 12th, 2016

Crusaders


Occasionally K&C likes to produce another version of an older subject or figure…



Crusader – Cross & Crescent

Napoleonic



British Napoleonic Infantry & Artillery

Robin Hood


Special Note: Look out for more great “Robin Hood” figures (including the Sheriff’s Men-At-Arms) in the coming months. PLUS “Maid Marion” and “Alan-a-Dale” as well.

  • RH004 — Little John – John Little was a legendary fellow outlaw of Robin Hood. Indeed it was Robin who changed his name to “Little John” on account of his great height and skill with both a bow and a quarterstaff. In film he was portrayed no less than three times by actor Alan Hale Sr. The famous British character actor James Robertson Justice also portrayed him in the 1952 Walt Disney version of the Robin Hood tale starring Richard Todd as Robin. Our figure is a blend of both and stands four-square, arms folded, his hunting horn hanging from his belt.
  • RH006 — Sir Guy of Gisbourne – Guy of Gisbourne is one of the great villains from the Robin Hood legends of English folklore. A Norman Knight, he is a loyal henchman of the evil Prince John and the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham. As such he is a sworn and dangerous enemy of Robin Hood. In movies and television he has been portrayed by many talented actors but perhaps the best was Basil Rathbone in the 1938 Errol Flynn “The Adventures of Robin Hood.” Our model is a small tribute to this great actor and a great movie.


Robin Hood

Battle of the Bulge
and Russian Winter Campaign




Battle of the Bulge

Battle of the Bulge
– Americans


  • BBA084 — The Winter Jeep – A three-man reconnaissance Jeep patrol make their way down a lonely, snow-covered forest track somewhere in the Ardennes just before first light on the morning of December 16, 1944. Suddenly, they halt the vehicle and listen… Is that tanks they hear in the distance…? K&C’s latest jeep mounts a .30cal. machine gun on the front of the vehicle and contains 3 x winter-clad GI’s (an additional M1 carbine is also included) about to discover the source of the sound they can hear…

8th Army




Montgomery’s 8th Army

Fields of Battle


  • FoB120 — Sling Arms – A typical British “Tommy” making his way towards the beach.
  • FoB121 — Rifle at Trail – Another British “Tommy” moving back towards the beaches of Dunkirk and, hopefully, ‘Blighty’.
  • FoB122 — Marching Officer – Swagger stick in hand the officer leads his men back to the beach.
  • FoB126 — Corporal with Rifle & Bayonet
    – Non-commissioned officers (NCO’s) are the ‘backbone’ of any army and this British corporal is no exception… Rifle shouldered (with fixed bayonet) this corporal sets an example to his men.
  • FoB130 — Private Frazer – Walmington-on-Sea’s favourite pessimist, “We’re All Doomed!” is the war cry of this defiant but gloomy Scottish member of the local Home Guard.
  • FoB133 — Private Godfrey – The Home Guard platoon’s resident medical orderly and the unit’s oldest veteran… A gentle soul who frequently needs to be ‘excused’…



Fields of Battle